Problems in Supervision ~ 13 March 2015

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Problems in Supervision: Rising to the Challenge…

Led by Glenys Parry and Debby Pickvance

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Feedback from participants:-

“Time pressures exist but you haven’t time not to come to events like this!!”

“Very helpful, constructive and thought-provoking day that will enable me to improve my practice.”

“This is a helpful course whether or not you are experiencing difficulties.”

“Well-structured, thoughtful day will have an impact on my practice.”

“An excellent opportunity to reflect on the practice of supervision – very thought-provoking and inspiring.”

Course Details:

Date: Friday, 13th March 2015
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue:  GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ
Fee:     £95 – ACAT members   ::  £120 – non-ACAT members

For most of us, supervision is a stimulating, enjoyable and rewarding part of our professional role. However at times most of us have encountered impasses which challenge our practice. Often supervisors struggle with these despite having considerable clinical experience. Difficulties may include ethical concerns about a supervisee’s practice, a conflict between ethical principles, the challenge of balancing a supportive role with the use of authority or with formal appraisal of the supervisee’s abilities. Some situations can result in a rupture in the supervisory relationship.

This workshop aimed to help participants develop their competence and confidence in building and maintaining a constructive supervisory alliance while also addressing difficult issues in supervision. It used a CAT perspective to understand the pressures and pulls within the supervisory relationship and incorporated research evidence on effective supervision methods.

Debby Pickvance and Glenys Parry are experienced CAT supervisors who have first-hand knowledge of these types of difficulties and ways to overcome them.  The day provided an opportunity to explore challenging aspects of practice, to learn new skills and to leave with supervisory support tools for improving the quality and effectiveness of supervision.  Learning was fostered through a range of methods, including

  • presentations with up to date research findings about the supervisory alliance and threats to it
  • useful handouts and practical tools
  • personal exploration and problem-solving in a confidential and  supportive environment
  • watching enacted demonstrations of typical difficulties
  • psychodrama methods in small group work.

The workshop was for CAT Supervisors, Trainee CAT Supervisors and CAT Practitioners who supervise professional trainees within their clinical role.