Models of Supervision

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QUT, Masters of Counselling | PYN007 Assignment 2 Essay | Models of Supervision | | Helena Bub | 6/13/2013 |

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When experienced practitioners define their approach, while some align predominantly with one, many identify multiple influences and accompanying techniques. Identifying a sole supervision approach as my only influence, resembles asking a chess champion to identify their greatest, singular move. Too many contributing factors require consideration, including personality and style of involved individuals and current circumstances, to identify any single orientation.

The seven-eyed model of Hawkins and Shohet (2012) provides a comprehensive scaffold to base supervision upon. Key features and strengths of various frameworks are included which yields it familiar to many supervisors. The model’s strengths include the explication of numerous levels of supervision issues, which are addressed in response to supervisee needs and its broad application across orientations. It also addresses relational and systemic aspects of supervision as emphases are placed on both the client-supervisee and supervisee-supervisor relationships, within the wider organisational system that includes client, supervisee and supervisor, as integral participants. Each mode provides a different focus for supervision as follows:

Mode Focus

m.1 client and their presentation m.2 supervisee’s strategies, interventions m.3 client-supervisee relationship m.4 supervisee m.5 supervisory relationship m.6 supervisor’s process m.7 broader context
(See appendix for more detail.)

Frameworks from various psycho-therapeutic orientations and professions can be integrated into this model’s broad context. Supervisee developmental stage (m.4) is catered for as, with experience, progress from lower to higher levels is enabled, in response to their pressing concerns. Identification of supervisee strengths is facilitated,



References: Axten, D (2002) Chapter 9: The Development of Supervision Ethics. In McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (eds), Supervision in the helping professions: a practical approach, (pp.105-115). Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Carroll & Gilbert C Diamond, J. and Jones, L. S. (2004) A Path made by walking: Process Work in Practice. Portland, Or. Lao Tse Press Friedman, S, (1997) Goodbread, J (1997) The dreambody toolkit: a practical introduction to the philosophy, goals, and practice of process-oriented psychology. Portland, Or. Lao Tse Press Hawkins, Peter and Shohet, Robin, (2012) Helsel, S (2012) Chapter 10 : Ethical Issues in Conducting Clinical Supervision. In Counselling Ethics : Philosophical and Professional Foundations. (pp. 217-241) New York: Springer Publishing Company Nichols, M.(2011) The Essentials of Family Therapy Richardson, A (2012) lecture notes (9/5/12; 16/5/12; 23/5/12 & 30/5/12) Richardson, Alan and Hands, Peter, (2002) The Seven-Eyed Model of Supervision (Hawkins and Shohet, 2012) (Roger Lowe, lecture notes, 2013)

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