SUPERVISION of professionals
All counselors, professionals who work with people as well as psychotherapists themselves, regardless of experience, need supervision and support to look at their work from one target position.
The process of supervision is essential to be aware of those values, beliefs, attitudes, and biases that may affect our work; and awareness of them reduces the danger of negatively affecting oneself and others. Supervision can be maintained at the individual level but also within an agreed group.
“Professional competence is not acquired once and for all. Competent professional staff requires not only continuing education but also a willingness to periodic supervision when faced with ethical or clinical dilemmas. ” (Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2007, p. 60).
I believe that good professional supervision is necessary for all self-development professionals. I also believe that our clients have the right to expect that we will constantly improve at all levels, up to date and aware of new trends.
It is also vital that all practitioners develop the ability to “supervise” themselves: to constantly observe, evaluate and evaluate their work, objectively and truthfully.
“There are many reasons to be proactive in gaining control over ourselves. First, supervision is a central form of support, where we can focus on our own difficulties as a worker, as well as by having our supervisor share part of the responsibility for our work. Second, supervision is part of our continuous learning and development as workers, including ultimately helping us learn how to be supervisors ourselves. A good supervisor can also help us make better use of our own resources, manage our workload, and challenge our inappropriate ways of coping. We believe that if we are helping clients change their own lives, it is important that we do the same. Finally, there is research that shows that good supervision is linked to job satisfaction. ” (Hawkins, & Shohet, 2000, p. 23)