Registered Professional Counsellor | Supervisor |
Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
All practicing full members of the Australian Counselling Association, for which I am a full member, are required to undertake annual professional supervision to maintain their status as practicing members. Supervision is a mandatory requirement of most professional organisations and is often included in relevant contracts.
Supervision is a process whereby a counsellor can speak to someone who is trained to identify any behavioural and/or psychological changes in the counsellor that could be due to an inability to cope with issues of one or more clients. A supervisor is also responsible for:
- challenging practices and informing their supervisees of alternative theories and/or new practices;
- changes in the industry; and
- observing mental health of their supervisee and in turn protecting the public from poor practices.
Counsellors can face issues such as transference and burn out without any recognition of the symptoms. A professional supervisor would notice symptoms long before the counsellor.
Counselling Supervision is also an essential safeguard for clients, a support for counsellors, and a process through which practitioners can develop their skill and competence. A competent Counselling Supervisor should be able to:
- conduct supervision sessions using various supervision interventions;
- provide effective evaluation and feedback to supervisees;
- address the ethical and legal considerations of supervision;
- act in the capacity as a mentor / sounding board providing emotional support as well as information and guidance;
- identify the onset of any symptoms of burnout and to assist the counsellor in dealing with them; and
- ensure, as best as practicable, that the supervisee is undertaking regular ongoing development of various therapeutic techniques, strategies and models.
Supervision is a learned discipline separate from counselling.
As a member of the ACA College of Supervisors, I offer a range of Professional Supervision to counselling and other practitioners. I conduct supervision via face-to-face, over the telephone, via interactive modes like Skype or a combination.
The Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC)
It is within the context of supervision that trainees begin to develop a sense of their professional identity and to examine their own beliefs and attitude regarding clients and therapy. Corey, Corey & Callahan, 2007, p.360