Continuing Professional Development
Supervision can be viewed as an integral part of continuing professional development. It provides a mechanism of support for individual practitioners and can play a key role in 'self-care'. Supervision may take place on a 'one to one' level or in a group context.
Inskipp and Proctor (2001) define supervision as:
‘ A working alliance between a supervisor and a counsellor in which the counsellor can offer an account or recording of her/his work, reflect on it, receive feedback, and where appropriate, guidance. The object of this alliance is to enable the counsellor to gain in ethical competence, confidence, and creativity so as to give her best possible service to her/his clients'
www.irish-counselling.ie/index.php/supervison-code-ethics is an Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) information sheet on the supervision of counsellors.
There are a number of reasons why it is important for guidance counsellors to have regular supervision:-
Ethical requirement - The Department of Education and Skills requires guidance counsellors to attend either individual or group supervision for at least two hours per month;
The Institute of Guidance Counsellors strongly recommends supervision as an integral part of the professional practice of members;
Supervision helps ensure accountability in relation to guidance counsellor's one to one work with clients;
Self care - It provides support to practitioners in relation to the management of client issues. This support may help reduce work related stress;
Quality assurance - Supervision is a way of monitoring and evaluating our practice so as to maintain the quality and standards of the service we provide;
Supervision can be provided on a one to one or group basis. Supervision must be provided by a supervisor accredited by IACP.
http://www.irish-counselling.ie/infosheet12.htm gives a list of IACP accredited supervisors by geographical location