Professional supervision, otherwise known as Clinical Supervision, is considered to be an essential part of good professional practice in the health care professions. Professional supervision in the helping professions (including, among others, counselling, psychology, the therapies and careers work) is a mutually agreed and often contracted relationship between two or more professionals working together in a positive and supportive process.
Supervision often involves face-to-face meetings, where workable. Other modes of supervision include telephone consultations, computer or video/tele-conferencing. It may also involve a mix of observation, written/verbal reports, presentations, video & case analyses and/or skill learning. Working under supervision means that a practitioner uses the services of another more experienced and qualified individual to review their practice with clients. As professional providers, once we accept a referral of a client, we have an ongoing ‘duty of care’ to that client until our contractual agreement to work with them is concluded. Duty of care here may involve working closely to an association’s Code of Ethics and published Professional Standards of Practice. Additionally, it is also crucial for healthcare professionals to adopt adequate self-care in order to provide competency in their services.
Supervision is considered as the ethical professional and personal development. The supervisor, in this relationship, acts as a consultant. The supervisee grows both professionally and personally. At Mind Culture, supervision is available for trainee and experienced practitioners.