What Happens During the Initial Assessment Session?
As with the counselling assessment, this meeting is an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable working with me and for me to assess whether I am the supervisor best able to support you and your practice. During the meeting I explain how I work as a supervisor, and you can tell me what you are looking for in supervision. Hopefully we will have lots to discuss and both have questions we want to ask each other.
There is no pressure on you to decide if you want to work with me during the assessment session, you may want to go away and have a think.
What Happens During Supervision?
Supervision is an opportunity for you to share and discuss your work as a counsellor from many different perspectives. The most important thing for me in supervision (as with counselling) is relationship. In this context it is the supervisory relationship that develops and grows between you and I. In time I hope you will be able to trust me sufficiently to discuss all aspects of your work, where we can hopefully celebrate your successes and examine the things that didn't go so well, and everything in between. I realise it may be challenging to bring the aspects of work to supervision that didn't go to plan, especially if there might be attendant feelings of shame or inadequacy, at worst there may be temptation to keep these things hidden. I am sensitive to shame entering supervisory relationship and am interested in normalising this strong feeling and supporting you to share and learn from these experiences.
My model of supervision is based on the 'The Seven-eyed Model of Supervision' devised by Hawkins and Shohet (1989). I enjoy using this model, to explore the work supervisees bring, it feels a complete way of working and it is both relational and systemic. The model has seven modes, around which discussion can take place: -
To find out more about this type of supervision - take a look at chapter 7 of 'Supervision in the Helping Professions', 4th edition, by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet.
I almost certainly won't use all of these strands in any one session, and will probably use some more than others, as a personal preference. I am aware that listing the seven modes, might suggest that supervision meetings using this model, might feel overly structured. In reality, that is not the case, rather the seven modes provide broad foundation on which to base rich and useful discussion of your work.
I enjoy working with student counsellors and am happy to write reports as required for your college or university.