- Initially, I suggest an initial, informal face-to-face or Skype meeting to clarify each-others expectations.
- I believe in agreeing a Contract for Supervision: Contracts clarify each-others expectations e.g. that both supervisor and practitioner are members of a professional association.
- A Triangulated Contract (Employer/Supervisee/Supervisor) may be preferred.
- A Contract suitable for use in Group Supervision is also available.
An Agenda is used to facilitate between-session follow-up of topics raised in supervision.
- On-on-one by Face- to-Face: $120.00, hour.
- One-on-One by Skype: $100.00 hour.
- Group: $30.00, per per person, per supervision hour, with a minimum group of 4 and a maximum of 5 supervisees. Typically group supervision sessions reach 1.5 hours. Cost = $45.00 per person per session.
DRAFT of: Contract for External Professional Clinical Supervision
Between : (Supervisor), in private practice, Supervisor.
And : (Supervisee), (role), employed by (Agency), Supervisee.
Terms of Contract for Professional Supervision in (scope of practice)
Clause 1: Professional Supervision is defined thus; as a Contractual and structured “relationship“; it is an on-going supportive process in which the Supervisor facilitates, monitors and evaluates the Supervisee’s practice, towards meeting professional objectives, that include competent, ethical, accountable practice, continuing professional development and training, in the scope of practice.
Clause 2: Confidentiality; supervision shall be conducted independently of the Supervisee’s employer consistent with the principles and practice of Professional External Supervision – for limited “Exceptions” see Clause 17.
Clause 3: Context; supervision will take place in either a professional office located away from the supervisees work-place to facilitate uninterrupted discussion, or by Skype.
Clause 4: Term; the duration of the Contract shall normally be one year with a right of renewal by mutual agreement up to a maximum of three years, but reducible at any time by one party giving the other party four weeks’ notice of intention to cancel this Contract.
Clause 5: Frequency; one, one hour session, at (agreed) intervals.
Clause 6: Transparency; engagement is by way of a mutually respectful, strengths-based relationship, where there is full confidentiality of information unless mutually agreed otherwise, but subject always to the Practice Standards and Code of Ethics of the Supervisor’s and Supervisee’s professions, and subject also to the relevant laws of New Zealand.
Clause 7: Obligations; It is agreed by the parties to this Contract, that the first duty of the supervisor AND the supervisee is to the safety of clients, which may in some circumstances when other avenues are not available or urgency demands, cause the Supervisor OR the Supervisee to share information gained in supervision with other agencies or authorities. In this event, the parties to this Contract shall be informed of the disclosure at the earliest opportunity and every reasonable duty of care shall be rendered by each party to the other.
Clause 8: Agenda; an agreed formal structure will used in sessions (a Draft Agenda is attached as an Appendix).
Clause 9: Professional accountability of the Parties to this Contract;
[a] the Supervisor shall at all times be Registered under the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 and/or a Registered Psychotherapist under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act, 2003. The Supervisor shall also engage in regular Professional External Supervision.
[b] the Supervisee shall at all times be a member of an appropriate Professional Body having a Code of Ethics, and/or hold Registration where Registration is required by law.
Clause 10: Disclosure; if, during the period of this Contract for Supervision, either party is the subject of a work-related formal Complaint, or is subject to an investigation under the relevant Profession’s Code of Conduct, that party will disclose pertinent details to the other party to this Contract, whereupon a decision will be made regarding the implications for this Contract.
Clause 11: Responsibilities;
Of the Supervisor: to model safe and professional practice; to promote a supportive environment in which ideas, values, and concerns about practice may be constructively critiqued.
Of the Supervisee: to be open to discuss all aspects of practice, including those that cause discomfort; to prepare for supervision, and wherever possible to propose solutions to problems identified; to take responsibility for engaging in separate personal counselling if necessary, and to give feedback to the supervisor regarding the efficacy of supervision sessions.
Clause 12: Limitations; Supervision in this Contact is about professional practice. It is neither counselling nor therapy for either party.
Clause 13: Accountability; the primary responsibility to identify alternative courses of action in case-work AND to act on a preferred course of action belongs to the supervisee. The supervisee “owns” all case-work issues. The Supervisor’s primary roles are reflective/facilitative, advisory and restorative.
Clause 14: Dispute Resolution; Stage One; if any issue is identified within the supervisory relationship, the parties shall support each-other to resolve the matter together. Stage Two; if the issue remains unresolved, the parties mutually agree to obtain independent conciliation and agree to be bound by the conciliator’s recommendation(s).
Clause 15: Cost of Supervision; $120.00 per hour.
Clause 16: Please, do not hesitate to make contact at any time for a work-related emergency; I am usually available on either (cell -number), or (alternate number)
Clause 17: This Contract may be ‘triangular’ to the limited extent that if the Supervisee’s employer makes a request in writing, a Report shall be provided through the supervisee recording the dates of supervision sessions undertaken, the number of cases discussed, and the key casework themes shall be named (e.g. advocacy or empowerment or social skills training or child care or mood stabilisation)
Clause 18 : Venue; to be mutually acceptable, having regard to Clause 3, above.
Dated at this day of 2014
Signed by: ———————————— and by —————————————
DRAFT of: Agenda for External Professional Clinical Supervision
Date: Time: Place:
Follow-up on tasks (agreed from previous session):
Current session focii (in order of importance):
Specific bi-cultural Partnership considerations:
Agreed ‘between-session’ tasks:
Feedback on this session:
Date /time/place of next Session:
Maybe you are considering providing Supervision, too; here are some suggestions for reading on the topic:
(♥ = NZ contributions)
♥Beddoe, L., O’Donoghue J., Webber-Dreadon. Weaving together the strands of supervision : Beddoe, L. Worrall, J. Howard, F. (eds.): University of Auckland, NZ
Bogo, M. and Dill, K. (2008): Walking the tightrope; Using Power and Authority in Child Welfare Supervision. In: Journal of Public Child Welfare, Vol 87, #6, Toronto, Canada
Chrestman, K. (1995). Secondary exposure to trauma and self-reported distress among therapists. In: Stamm, B. H. (ed.). Secondary traumatic stress; self-care issues for clinicians, researchers and educators, Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press
♥Davys, A. (2001). Reflective learning in Supervision : a structure and process. In: Beddoe L. & Worrall J. Supervision ; from Rhetoric to Reality: Conference Proceedings, ACE
Dill, K. (2007). Impact of Stressors on Front-line Child Welfare Supervisors. In: The Clinical Supervisor, Vol 26 (½), The Harworth Press, Toronto, Canada
Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R. (2006). Supervision in the Helping Professions (7th reprint), Open University Press, NY
Holloway, E. L. (1995). Clinical Supervision: a Systems Approach. London, Sage Publications
Kolb, D. A. (1984). Experiential Learning. Prentice Hall, New Jersey
Mattinson, J. (1975). The Reflection Process in Case Work Supervision. Institute of Marital Studies, London
Morrison. T. (1993). Staff Supervision in Social Care: An Action Learning Approach. London, Longman
♥National Guidelines for the Supervision or Mental Health and Addictions Nurses (Jan. 2009): Te Pou (Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui) Auckland: The National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development (PO Box 108 244, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150, New Zealand
Palm, K., Polusny, M., Follette, V. (March 2004). Vicarious traumatization: Potential hazards and Interventions for Disaster and Trauma Workers. Journal of Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island.
Pearlman, L. A., and Saakvitne, K. W. (1995b). Treating therapists with vicarious traumatization and secondary traumatic stress disorders. In: C. R. Figley (ed.). Compassion fatigue: Coping with secondary traumatic stress disorders in those who treat the traumatized. New York, Brunner/Mazel.
Schon, D. (1987). Educating the Reflective Practitioner. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.
Senge, P. (1994). The Fifth Discipline : the art and practice of the learning organization. In: Argyris, C. Chapman Hall, London.
Stoltenberg, C.D., and Delworthy, U. (1998). Supervising Counselors and Therapists. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA
♥Webber-Dreadon, E. (1999). He Taonga Mo o Matou Tipuna: An indigenous approach to social work supervision. In: Social Work Review, ANZASW, Christchurch, NZ