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This essay shall discuss the nature and purpose of counselling supervision. It will also highlight values, principles and personal moral qualities. These are requirements that ensure effective counselling supervision and competent practise. Supervision is a fundamental requirement for any individual who works with clients in a counselling context. It ensures that the counsellor is addressing the client’s needs and puts a support system in place for all involved. Counselling supervision is when a counsellor uses the service of other counsellors to review how they work with their clients and how they are developing as a counsellor. The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P 1984) require that all members must attend regular supervision as it is an ethical requirement. Supervision ensures that high standards of professionalism is ongoing. It exists to protect clients autonomy and improve the counsellors abilities. Supervision helps the counsellor to develop in depth understanding of their client and is seen as a third party in the counselling process. This can help to reduce oversight with the counsellor concerned. Supervision allows a counsellor to reflect on their own emotions and behaviour, giving them a chance to see how they relate and react to their client. Supervision is very important where trainee counsellors are concerned as it helps them to move beyond the basic forms of counselling skills and helps them to make sense of their learning experiences. Counsellors can become stuck with some client problems and supervision can help in readdressing the problem. Without supervision psychological counsellors would have to be regulated to practice by other professions. Throughout the supervision process a clients confidentiality is still protected as the counsellor never discusses the identity of the person and Johnson states: Gross,R. (2009) “Supervision is a place of trust where a healthy relationship gives me a safe place to...
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