Is the Supervisor’S Competency an Ethical Concern

Is the supervisor’s competency an ethical concern? Why is it? / is it not?
In the same way that a practitioner should consider their competency when working ethically with clients, the supervision process should mirror the counselling process. This is reflected in the BACP ethical framework under the heading of ‘providing a good standard of practice and care’ which states that good standards of practice and care require professional competence along with the commitment to and observance of professional ethics.
‘Given that the role of supervisors is to increase competence, they bear a high level of responsibility to ensure that their supervisees are working within their own area of competence. Similarly, supervisors have an ethical responsibility to supervise only those therapist-client relationships wherein they possess a level of competence. As the persons responsible for assisting supervisees in their professional development, supervisors must assist therapists in understanding the limitations or extent of their abilities’ (Tyler & Tyler, 1997).
In order to provide this, competently delivered services are required that meet the client’s needs by practitioners who are appropriately supported and accountable. Because of the highly charged emotional nature of therapeutic treatment, providers should possess the tools to explore ethical dilemmas objectively. One area for supervisors to examine is their own preparedness and on- going professional growth to support their competency in the supervision process.
In ‘maintaining competent practice’ the BACP recommend
  * All counsellors, psychotherapists, trainers and supervisors are required to have regular and on-going formal supervision/consultative support for their work in accordance with professional requirements.
  * Regularly monitoring and reviewing one's work is essential to maintaining good practice
  * A commitment to good practice requires practitioners to keep up to date with the latest...