Clinical supervision is a requirement for practising counsellors who are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and other professional counselling associations. BACP requires a counsellor to have one and a half hours clinical supervision a month. The purpose is to reflect on and share your practice, discuss in confidence issues that clients are bringing which may be causing you difficulties or trigger an incident or pattern from your own past experiences. It is not therapy but offers the opportunity for you to express your thoughts, feelings and the impact of the work on your own psyche and well being. Counselling clients who have suffered abuse and trauma can take its toll on the practitioner and lead to burn out if you do not take self care seriously. Clinical supervision provides a space for the development of self awareness, professional growth, skills and understanding. I have provided supervision to counsellors, family mediators and staff in various organisations. I have attended a range of relevant training including a recent group supervision course with Lisa Mass.
It's not only counsellors who can benefit from time out to reflect and share practice . It is considered good practice for medics and other health practitioners to have regular clinical supervision. I currently offer clinical supervision to doctors, nurse specialists, community and in patient nurses and healthcare assistants at Greenwich and Bexleyheath Community Hospice.