You will review and develop your knowledge of supervision, learning about the theories and concepts underpinning effective supervision practice and developing a skills base on which to frame your interventions, thus enhancing your capabilities in facilitating a supervisory relationship.
The content of the course reflects the skills, knowledge and values required to offer an effective supervision relationship. The emphasis is on the development of the capability of the supervisor to offer this relationship, using experiential methods and practical examples drawn from the work of helping professionals nationally.
Day one – orientation to the course and introduction to supervision
The first day includes an introduction to the programme and an overview of the whole course, including a brief explanation of the assignment task. The day focuses on exploring a rationale for supervision within the work context.
Day two – preparing for supervision
You will focus on effective preparation for supervision. You will consider issues such as creating an appropriate learning environment, being sensitive to the dynamics and boundaries of the relationship between supervisee and supervisor and being cognisant of the principles and approaches to anti oppressive and reflective practice.
Day three – establishing the supervision relationship
You will focus on establishing the supervisory relationship. You will have the opportunity to explore the nature and the importance of developing an effective ’working alliance’ between the supervisor and supervisee.
You will consider issues such as relationship-building, establishing expectations, contracting, confidentiality and informed consent. You will also examine the impact of dealing with diverse learning styles in supervision.
Day four – developing the supervisory relationship
You will examine the factors that impact on the development of the supervisory relationship in more detail. You will focus on the ways in which different models of supervision might be facilitated in practice, including managerial and non-managerial approaches etc., and be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches and models for supervision.
Day five – the working alliance
You will focus on the strategies and interventions for promoting a culture of reflective practice and it considers approaches that can enable participants to work in more depth in their supervisory practice.
Day six – ending the supervisory relationship
You will reflect on your learning and supervision practice during their eight- week study gap. The day focuses on ‘endings’ and explores issues and techniques around closure and ending the supervisory relationship.