Why participate in a Program of Professional Supervision?
For the worker:
Professional Supervision provides the opportunity to:
  • Get your head above the pace and chaos
  • Focus on what is happening in practice
  • Reflect on the current work and the social work role within the organisational context
  • Clarify and problem solve issues relating to case management and counselling practice
  • Consider a range of strategies to work effectively with clients
 
Formal Supervision focuses on four broad areas:
Support, encouragement and debriefing for the worker: Enabling you to deal with work related stress, difficult and challenging cases and to ensure you’re on the “right track”.

Reflection of practice issues and therapeutic issues relating to client: Enabling the possibility of exploring new and different ways of working with clients and client groups.

Staff Development: Enabling the identification of training needs; some of which may be met in supervision.

Organisational development
: Enabling you to identify and communicate improvement goals and provide effective input into organisational planning.
For the Line Manager:
Professional Supervision provides:
  • A safe, confidential environment in which staff can explore and address any issues of concern regarding their professional practice
  • Debriefing for “frontline practitioners”. Regardless of experience, there is a need to debrief and “step away” to reflect on the nature of the relationship with clients, and the issues involved
  • Strategies in day to day survival
  • Increased confidence
  • Injection of focus
  • Continual learning and development
  • Clarification of the role and its boundaries
  • Constructive feed back with regard to progress of work practice, management of work load
  • Increased competence in your work with clients and within the organisation
  • Reduced burnout
  • Identification of personal and professional goals and pathways
Input into Organisational Planning and Development
A Feedback Report to the organisation from Kate may be negotiated within the following parameters:
  • Professional Supervision cannot be treated as a substitute for, or a direct adjunct to, the organisation's performance appraisal program
  • Feedback will focus on issues relevant to the organisation's accountability and planning
  • Feedback would be with the knowledge and consent of program participants so as not to compromise the integrity and confidentiality of the contracted supervisory relationships
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