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Supervision Skills for Health & Social Service Professionals


By the end of this workshop participants will be able to

  • define supervision, the role of the supervisor and the limits and boundaries to the role
  • establish supervision relationships
  • develop supervision contracts and negotiate goals for individual supervision sessions
  • use a range of micro-skills to enhance supervisee reflection and learning
  • manage one to one supervision sessions
  • use a range of frameworks and processes for effective supervision
  • use power and expertise appropriately in supervision contexts
  • explore models of supervision and their relevance to supervision practice
  • discuss ethical boundaries and issues in the supervision process
  • discuss cultural perspectives on supervision


  • Supervision defined
  • Issues and challenges for clinical supervision in the health & social service professions
  • Establishing supervisory relationships
  • Contracting for supervision
  • Supervisor skills and competencies
  • The 7 key skills for effective supervision
  • Maps and models
  • Frameworks for supervision sessions
  • Questions not answers
  • The Art of Feedback
  • The Supervisor's Toolbox - tools for facilitating supervisee reflection and learning
  • Supervision in Action - practice activities
  • Ethical issues in supervision


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