People in helping professions and all counsellors regardless of experience, need Supervision. Participating in Profession Supervision assists the practitioner with the development of their skills, personal well-being and professional growth. Those who need and benefit from Professional Supervision include:
- Any person whose job has a significant component that involves them dealing with people in crisis
- Most professionals who work in the Human Services industry
- Allied Health Professionals
- Professional Supervisors
- Career Practitioners
- Social Workers
- Student Counsellors, Youth Workers
- Ministers, Clergy, Nuns, Chaplains
- Business Professionals
- Educators including Principals, Deputies, HODs, Deans, Teachers
- Any other person who believes it would be advantageous;
Duties and Responsibilities of Professional Supervisor and Supervisee
(As per the ACA Australian Counselling Association Supervision Guidelines)
- Encourage on-going professional education.
- Challenge Supervisee to validate approach and technique used.
- Monitor basic micro-skills and advanced skills, including transference and, counter-transferences.
- Provide alternative approaches for the Supervisee.
- Intervene where client welfare is at risk.
- Ensure ethical guidelines and professional standards are maintained.
- Provide consultation when necessary.
- Discuss administrative procedures and marketing strategies.
- Uphold ethical guidelines and professional standards.
- Discuss client cases with the aid of written case notes and video/audio tapes.
- Validate diagnoses made and approach and techniques used.
- Be open to change and alternative methods of practice.
- Consult Professional supervisor or designated contact person in cases of emergency.
- Implement Professional supervisor directives in subsequent sessions.
- Maintain a commitment to supervise education and the counselling profession.