511.2 Health and Social Care Outline Theories and Models of Professional Supervision.

1.2 Outline theories and models of professional supervision.

Supervision theories and practices began emerging as soon as counsellors started to train other counsellors (Bernard & Goodyear, 2009). Several different theoretical models have developed to clarify and support counselling supervision. The focus of early models of supervision had generally been based on counselling theories (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Adlerian or client-centered), but these orientation-specific models have begun to be challenged as supervision has many characteristics that are different to counselling. Competency as a counsellor does not automatically translate into competency as a supervisor, and when supervisee/supervisor orientations differ, conflicts may arise (Falender & Safranske, 2004). Taken from http://www.ukessays.co.uk/essays/psychology/theory-and-practice-of-supervision.php

There are many different theories and models of professional supervision. I like to think of them as tools. The more I know about them and how they work the more tools I will have to enable me to my job.
One of my preferred theories is TA (transactional analysis), although not the most used for supervision I feel this can work well with my teams and enables them to understand ego’s and transactions enabling staff to self supervise and self monitor how they may be with clients.
Supervision can support professional learning and development, it can also relate to gate keeping, monitoring, maintaining standards, and improving performance as part of effective clinical governance. Because the supervisor’s role may require working with new staff on complex, sensitive or messy problems, conversations with new staff or people new to TA may be challenging or difficult. TA can be useful when having conversations with staff, but in particular when work with new staff or situations that seem difficult. TA techniques can help supervisors to listen and communicate more effectively and develop...