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Supervising the Trainee Therapist

 

 

Supervising Trainee Therapists is a challenging and rewarding endeavour. This short one-day course introduces supervisors to working with contemporary trainee therapists and provides insights from research and contemporary practice on how to more effectively supervise early stage development therapists and trainee therapists. 

 

Clinical Supervision “is generally rated the second most important contribution to one’s professional development, immediately behind direct experience [of] working with patients” (Norcross & Goldfried, 2019, p. 396). Supervisors are also considered gatekeepers of the profession of psychotherapy and enjoy both the benefits of senior membership of professional practice, along with the challenges of an ever changing landscape of training standards, competencies and research.

 

CS “is generally rated the second most important contribution to one’s professional development, immediately behind direct experience working with patients”(Norcross & Goldfried, 2019, p. 396).

Key evidence informed principles when conducting supervision:
1.    Cultivating a warm, trusting supervisory alliance
2.    Attending to alliance ruptures and managing countertransference
3.    Using informed consent and a written contract (goal setting)
4.    Observing what supervisees actually do in session
5.    Focussing on supervisee competencies and attaining minimal levels of those
6.    Providing plentiful formative feedback and occasional summative feedback
7.    Modelling or demonstrating skills to be learned
8.    Teaching technical, relational and conceptual skills to supervisees
9.    Monitoring the progress of supervisee’s clients/patients
10.   Maintaining proper boundaries and modelling ethical conduct
11.   Documenting what transpires in supervision (and any deficits in supervisees)
12.   Attending to the cultural identities of all participants in the supervisory triad
13.   Individualising supervision to the singular supervisee and particular context.

(Watkins, 2017) – common factors in clinical supervision

CS “is generally rated the second most important contribution to one’s professional development, immediately behind direct experience working with patients”

 

(Norcross & Goldfried, 2019, p. 396).

 

Course Details

Venue: Live Online Workshop

Next Start Date: TBC

Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

 

Fees:

Full Price: €100
PCI College Student: €80

Eligibility:   Accredited supervisors with the IACP, IAHIP or BACP or those actively supervising trainee therapists in any context, or who intend to do so as a step toward career progression.

 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-4642268.

 

Content:

 

Outline of the Workshop

 

  • Introduction & Check-in
  • Exploring the challenges of supervising contemporary trainee therapists (state of the union)
  • Supervisor roles in trainee therapist development (implications for practice);

- Supervisor as gatekeeper

- Supervisor as mentor/model

- Supervisor as educator

- Supervisor as therapist

- Supervisor as evaluator

  • Common factors in contemporary supervision (research findings)
  • Summary and close

 

Outline of the Workshop

 

Introduction & Check-in

Exploring the challenges of supervising contemporary trainee therapists (state of the union)

Supervisor roles in trainee therapist development (implications for practice);

Supervisor as gatekeeper

Supervisor as mentor/model

Supervisor as educator

Supervisor as therapist

Supervisor as evaluator

Common factors in contemporary supervision (research findings)

Summary and close 

 

Mike Hackett IASD, MIACP.

MA Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, B.Sc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, Adv. Dip. Supervision

 

 

 

Faculty Lecturer with PCI College and Programme Leader for the Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision, Mike lectures on a number of modules on the B.Sc. Programme and on the Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision. Mike has also built and delivered training programmes in the youth and voluntary sectors as well as served in a number of senior management and operation roles in the multinational corporate sector for over 20 years. Having founded Introspect Counselling in 2007, he is now clinical director for this practice providing counselling and supervision in Dublin city and its suburbs. Mike has been published in the Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and is now the editor of the same publication and is vice-chairman of the research committee of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

 

 

 





 

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