Peer supervision is seldom discussed in our training as counsellors. We have learned how to use it ‘on the job’, adapting the scraps of knowledge that are out there to suit our own experience. Sometimes we join cosy ex-training groups, seeking the comfort that comes with a sense of a shared training. We rush in and out, tick the required box, meet friends and we are off again, into the busy world. We seldom give ourselves time to reflect upon our experience until it goes wrong. By that stage, one member will probably have taken action. The opportunity for growth may have been missed.
This Zoom-enabled seminar is designed to provide a space to reflect; to give ourselves the chance to re-assess our peer experiences. We will explore expectations, how the group works, and new options, learning from each other’s experiences and offering support to each other.
We will be building upon the foundations you have already laid. Instead of throwing babies out with the bathwater, we will strive to examine the bathtub and its contents, to encourage safe growth and practice.
You will leave with new awareness of what you can expect and give; a new sense of what your working alliance could be like; ideas on how to support each other with ethical issues; how to gain support for clinical decisions and a list of left brain ideas to approach your work differently and gain insight.
This is a seminar for counsellors and supervisors. You don’t even have to be in a peer supervision group to gain from this session. Welcome all!
Bring life into your supervision. Awake.
Angela Hart is a Senior Accredited BACP Supervisor and Counsellor with thirty years’ experience of private practice, employee assistance programmes, and managing an NHS counselling service. She has special expertise in telephone counselling and in educating counsellors, both teaching and assessing at Certificate, Diploma and Supervisor levels.
Her particular strengths are in supporting counsellors, opening up professional opportunities and helping them navigate through problem issues into places where they can grow.