Paul Grantham Says:
Clinical supervision is one of those activities that are typically conducted without much training. It is often the case that you’re dropped in at the deep end with a supervisee and have to conduct things as best you can. And you make a pretty good job of it!
But if you feel you need greater confidence in doing it, or just want a chance to reflect on the latest developments in the field then – this course will be something really special that might interest you.
Why is it special?
Firstly, it is one of the very few short training courses that’s received approval from a professional body – The British Psychological Society. That doesn’t mean incidentally that it is just for psychologists, but it does mean that we have successfully negotiated and submitted the course for national professional approval from a body that’s been in the forefront of supervision developments for the last sixty years.
Secondly, the course will give you the confidence that comes with being familiar with a broad range of supervision theories along with their practical application. So, unless you already know your Hawkins and Shohet from your Milne and Padesky the course will provide you with invaluable knowledge on the latest theoretical underpinnings of supervision.
Whist we’ve been canvassing practice and reviewing the literature for this course we’ve also been struck that there are still certain fundamental questions about supervision which are as pressing now as they’ve always been. Questions like:
- What exactly am I supposed to be doing as a supervisor?
- What is the evidence base for supervision? (Actually – frightening little!)
- How does it differ from mentoring or consultancy (if at all)?
This course will give you lots of the answers, but more importantly – it will give you the information, ability and confidence to formulate your own answers in future.
And then of course, there are the practical issues – supervision micro-skills for a start.
How exactly should you conduct case discussions, what questions should you ask and what style should you use. This course won’t only provide you with practical options but will give you the opportunity to practise them in a safe environment before returning to your workplace to start implementing them. By the way, we cover the question of how you do this, with both one to one supervision, as well as with group supervision.
Supervision contracts, records and the legal responsibilities of supervisors are all clarified on the course. Supervisors increasingly have to defend themselves in formal hearings regarding supervisee’s practice. I’m sure you’d agree that it’s essential to be able to speak in an informed way, should that situation ever arise for you. This makes this course essential for all supervisors.
The course wouldn’t be complete without addressing the question of “difficult supervisees” (from “non-engagers”, through “poor me” supervisees, to the incompetent who are blissfully unaware) – who are, hopefully, - rare, but stressful and disabling when you’re trying to supervise them. Delegates will develop the skills to address difficulties and have the opportunity to raise their own supervision challenges.
So, you will get all this is a single two day course, professionally approved, and at a price which is acceptable to the most stretched training budgets.