When performed correctly, clinical supervision offers a range of benefits to practitioners who are just starting out in the industry. In a field where you have to rely on your intellect and empathy, and are directly responsible for influencing the lives of others, having someone to guide you through the process is essential for professional growth.
As a supervisor, it’s your responsibility to understand that great clinical supervision lays the foundation for an emerging psychotherapist’s future. In this blog, we’ll provide tips on how to start successful clinical supervision that’s beneficial for supervisees.
Get to know your supervisee
Supervisors are often guilty of not spending enough time getting to know a supervisee before the training program begins. This leads to confusion, as you may end up assigning clients that don’t suit a supervisee’s skillset. This will affect how you advise them, and how they perceive their own skills.
So it’s imperative that you ask them questions about their past work experience, relevant coursework, and even conduct a written examination that will help you analyze their skills when you first meet them.
You could even ask them questions about what they hope to achieve from the program and where they feel they could improve. This will help you focus on and increase their awareness in those particular areas.
Supervisors are also well within their rights to refuse to work with certain individuals because they don’t have the adequate skillset needed to deal with the clients they have.
Provide timely feedback
One of the key characteristics of successful clinical supervision is timely feedback. Some supervisors make the common mistake of giving written and verbal feedback at the end of the training program, which leaves supervisees no time to alter their approach.
By giving timely feedback throughout the program, supervisors can also identify individuals who struggle to incorporate feedback and give them tips on how they could improve their practice. Supervisors should also make sure they don’t just give verbal feedback, going instead with a formal, written evaluation of their supervisee’s performance.
Prioritize diversity and ethics
Since a lot of patients come from diverse backgrounds, it’s vital that the supervisor focuses on integrating diversity and ethics during clinical supervision. By the end of the training program, supervisees should have a firm grasp on diverse cultures and how to deal with tough situations.
Moreover, the focus of the training shouldn’t be to have your supervisee memorize an ethics code, but that they should learn how to adhere to ethical principles, regardless of the situation. As a supervisor, it’s important to remember to listen to any questions and concerns your supervisee has with regard to ethical boundaries in a thoughtful manner, and provide meaningful advice that’s free of any judgment.
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