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Regular supervision is an essential part of sustaining good practice throughout a counsellor's working life.

It provides practitioners with regular and ongoing opportunities to reflect in depth about all aspects of their practice in order to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible. Supervision also sustains the personal resourcefulness required to work as a counsellor.

The BACP recommends that counsellors "must have sufficient supervisory time in order for them to maintain their wellbeing" (a minimum of 1½ hours per month). In addition to thia, trainees should have at least one hour of supervision for every eight hours of counselling and should have fortnightly contact with their supervisor. Further information about supervision is available in the BACP's information sheet (S2) "What is supervision?" by Sally Despenser.

At Actuality Counselling I offer supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors, as well as casework and organisational supervision for people working in professions which are emotionally challenging. I also offer online supervision via Zoom, VSee, PlusGuidance and GoMentor.

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My work as a supervisor is essentially Person-centred. It is important that supervisees have a safe environment within which they can be themselves (as people and as professionals) and feel able to discuss all aspects of their work. My aim is to establish a relationship based on equality, acceptance, openness and empathy. Just as importantly, supervision should be professionally challenging. I want my supervisees to feel listened to, understood, empowered and better-equipped to work effectively and ethically.

In casework presentation, which inevitably lies at the heart of supervision, I emphasise counsellor process rather than client content. I also focus on the developmental aspects of a counsellor's work as well as ethical considerations and diversity. I consider it equally important to be supportive of my supervisees and to celebrate their successes with them.

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I endeavour to ensure that trainees meet the requirements of their agency or college and are working to an appropriate code of practice. I also try to ensure that agencies and training institutions are not making demands which may result in counsellors contravening ethical guidelines or accepted practice.

I have regular supervision for my counselling supervision work.

As part of the public protection requirement of the BACP Register, the organisation operates a confidential guidance and information service known as Ask Kathleen. Any counsellors, whether qualified or in training, who are concerned about their experience of supervision can contact the service via e-mail at ask@bacp.co.uk, online (at www.bacpregister.org.uk/public) or by phone (01455 883344).

Tel: +44 (0)7941 488 550

e-mail:actualitycounselling@gmail.com

"I want my supervisees to emerge from supervision feeling listened to, understood, empowered and better-equipped to work effectively and ethically."

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ARTICLE: What is counselling supervision?

Working under supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist to review their work with clients, their professional development, and often their personal development as well.

Counselling Resource

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Continual Professional Development (CPD)

By undertaking CPD, counsellors demonstrate that they are committed to maintaining professional standards, and practising to the best of their abilities (all counsellors who are accredited with the BACP must complete at least 30 hours CPD each year). The following websites provide details of CPD opportunities in Liverpool and the North West.

Brian McMinn

Cheshire Therapy Centre

Compass

Frances McDonnell

Liverpool Empowerment Centre

Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre

Pebblestones

Red Kite Therapy and Training