It has been suggested that the emergence of
supervision as a profession followed three major
developmental stages. Born initially within
psychoanalysis supervision quickly adapted, in its
second stage, to the various perspectives of the models
of counselling that flourished with the fragmentation of
the therapeutic world. The third stage involved the
incorporation of developmental models of supervisor and
supervisee learning alongside the various social roles
that described the supervisory relationship. Throughout
this time many authors formulated models of supervision
emphasising distinctive perspectives on the fledgling
In a new "fourth era" supervision has been liberated
from the philosophies that underpin therapy and has
developed an alliance with philosophies of learning.
This is an era characterised by "cross-professional"
supervision in which skilled supervisors facilitate
learning environments across a wide range of
professions. An era in which supervisees bring the
insights of their own profession while supervisors
contribute a core set of knowledge and skills that
assist supervisee learning. The major challenge for
supervisors is to stop thinking and engaging from the
perspective of their core training and think like
facilitators of supervisee learning.
Through a series of three two-day workshops I present
my new "process framework" for supervision that suggests
an epistemological basis for the way in which
supervisors facilitate learning. This is one in which
supervisees are encouraged to reflect on the intense
empathic impact of their clients, draw meaning from that
experience and apply it in their practice. The
reflexive, non-shaming learning environment of the
process framework is at the service of facilitating
firstly self-awareness through reflexivity, secondly
other-awareness through empathy and finally therapeutic
awareness through reiterative empathy.
More details will be posted on the site later and in
the meantime if you would like to know more about the
supervision training opportunities do please
get in touch with me.