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Supervision provides a safe space and prioritised time in which you can reflect on your interactions with clients and colleagues, discuss your work situation and consider your needs as a practitioner. It is an opportunity to evaluate what is working well for you as a practitioner and what you may wish to change. It can be a regular way of supporting yourself and investing in your own professional development.
Mentoring supervision can be provided in a group setting or on a one to one arrangement. Either way, the setting is important, it is a safe, nurturing, confidential environment.
Groups are of limited size and meet approximately monthly for two and half to three hours.
Individual sessions are for one hour at regular intervals by mutual agreement.
For more information please contact Dr Martin Allbright or Dr Sue Allbright on 01684-
Sed quis custodet ipsos custodes?
(But who will care and protect the carers?)
Juvenal, Satires, 6 1:347
I have experienced working as an isolated practitioner based at home, being part of an international acupuncture training group and also that of managing a team of therapists in a multidisciplinary clinic.
In 2004 I decided to do the mentoring supervision training in acupuncture where I gained valuable experience, a resourceful network of people and additional knowledge from their approaches inside and outside the acupuncture profession. I have continued with them both in regular supervision ever since. They also inspired me to do further studies with the 'Centre for Supervision and Team Development' and the module on supervision within my Masters in Medical Education.
My experience is that the richest moments in supervision occur when both supervisor and supervisee(s) are open and willing to learn together.
I enjoy sharing with colleagues in the development and clarity that come with mentoring-
I have found individual and group mentoring invaluable for my acupuncture practice personally. Having completed mentoring -
'According to the Tao, the best relationships are like water; they benefit all things and do not compete with them.'
Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch -
Here are a few examples of the sort of issues that are often brought to supervision sessions.
Roles, contracts and boundary issues
Professional and personal issues
Emotional responses to patients (eg 'difficult' patients) including the death of a patient
Building up a practice
Relationships with other practitioners and professionals
These issues from your own situation and how to address them can be more positively processed in a trusting environment rather than by the lone studying from a textbook.
Evidence for the benefits of supervision can be found in this short piece of work