Thanks to my training and experience not only in psychology but also in supervision, pastoral counselling, case management, career development and spiritual direction, I am in the position to bring together resources from several interrelated fields to the supervisory relationship. I have a particular interest in helping others translate the theory from university studies into the real time pace of working with clients.
My experience to date has mainly been in providing supervision to provisional psychologists undertaking field placements in their masters programs, and to registered psychologists either for continuing professional development or for the registrar program in Counselling Psychology endorsement.
What does Counselling Psychology Supervision entail?
Supervision begins with the establishment of a supervision agreement, in which both parties discuss goals for supervision, frequency of supervision sessions, and the expectations of supervisor and supervisee. It also usually includes brainstorming ways and opportunities for you to develop your professional skills across the eight areas of competency:
- Knowledge of the Discipline;
- Psychological Assessment;
- Intervention Strategies;
- Research and Evaluation;
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills;
- Working within a Cross-Cultural Context;
- Practice Across the Lifespan.
As you would be aware, there will be regular reporting requirements to either the university or to the the PBA on your hours of clinical practice, supervision and professional development. Depending on your circumstances, you may be required to report to your employer about your engagement in supervision.
A Collaborative Approach
I prefer a collaborative approach to the supervisory relationship, one of mutual respect, and will readily invite you to contemplate, reflect upon, and freely discuss with me about challenging aspects of your practice in psychology. I see the supervisory relationship as a safe space that has a clear separation from your workplace, a space in which we can both name and articulate those frustrations and those hurts as well as celebrate those achievements that are all part of our development as therapists.
Let me encourage you to read some of my articles of interest listed on my profile page, as they will give you some insight into my values and my modes of therapy.
I believe it is vital to devote some time in supervision to reflecting on self-care and self-compassion, and building up an awareness of expectations we might be feeling either from our client, our employers, our family, or even ourselves. Given the challenges in this industry, I intentionally and regularly ask supervisees to reflect on their self-care, their management of personal and professional boundaries, their own psychological and spiritual development, and invite you to freely express how you are travelling with all of the practical hassles of working in the helping industry.
My current fee for supervision is $120 per hour, which includes GST. (It is handy to note that the cost of supervision is a tax deductible business expense.)
Author: Naomi Griffin, BA (Psych & Music); Grad Dip in Pastoral Couns; PG Dip Psych; Grad Cert Case Management; Grad Cert Ed Studies (Career Development); STAP; MAPS; MCCoun.
Please Note: Naomi is not currently practising at Vision Psychology, but is continuing to provide supervision for provisional (including 4+2 and 5+1) and registered psychologists, and for ministry agents in the wider Christian community. If you would like information regarding supervision, or want to book an appointment with a Christian psychologist, please contact Reception on 1800 877 924.