The practice of supervision means that many details provided by clients are shared with people other than the counsellor concerned. However, overall client confidentiality is still safeguarded because: 1.
individually identifying information (such as full name) is not revealed, and 2.
information shared in supervision is itself protected under a contract of confidentiality and normally may not be shared outside the supervision relationship. In other words, while some client details are shared within the supervision relationship, these are not traceable back to the specific individual client, and they do not normally pass beyond the supervision relationship. Some counsellors also use group supervision, in which several therapists confer on each other’s work, although ordinarily this is used in addition to individual supervision, rather than as a replacement. Supervision exists for two reasons:
1.To protect clients, and
2.To improve the ability of counsellors to provide value to their clients. Supervision protects clients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a counsellor and client, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the counsellor concerned to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour and general approach with the client. I was an observer during group supervision and I found this quite a good experience. The counsellors involve were able to discuss areas of their counselling session about individual clients that they needed help with. We The group consist of counsellor and observers, the counsellors discuss their individual client’s need that they wanted further insight on how best to help their clients. Each counsellor found that by having a discussion they were able to elevate the concerns they had by others offering their insight into the situation. One counsellor talk about her preconceived ideas that she had about her clients before she began her counselling session, but during...
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