How to choose a supervisor

Your relationship with your supervisor needs to be far-reaching to be meaningful and relevant to you in your practice. There needs to be a good enough match of personal style and ability to engage in a supportive relationship, and enough difference and capacity to stay with sometimes difficult relational themes so that a healthy range of reflection and growth is possible.

There is an important difference between supervision and therapy: in supervision, both the supervisor and the practitioner have ethical responsibilities for maintaining standards of client work, and for protecting clients and the public from harm. This difference is particularly relevant for supervisees who are in training, working towards accreditation, and/or whose work challenges their current competence.

Some questions to consider:

  • what ability, experience, accreditation and knowledge do you need in a supervisor?
  • what balance of support and challenge works best for you?
  • what are the main areas of practice/theory that you want to develop?
  • what supervision ratio (to client hours) do you need to practise ethically?
  • do you learn best in 1:1 or group, or combination?

A good supervisor will be able to discuss and negotiate all the above questions with you, and decide whether to establish a mutual contract to work together.

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