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S3 training – Strength-based, Solution-focused Supervision

Supervision can be done in a variety of ways. We recommend it is done in a way which helps the supervised practitioner a) reflect on what is working, b) reflect on what they are good at, and c) explore changes they could make to become a better practitioner over time. This doesn’t preclude some focusing on fixing problems, it’s just that the spirit and mindset of the supervisory ‘style’ is solution focused.

In this 2-day skills development seminar we explore the following topics and answer the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a strengths-based and solution-focussed supervisor?
  • What are strengths – and how are they best discovered, used and developed?
  • What is the role of ‘evidence-based relationship factors’ in the supervisory-practitioner relationship (e.g. empathy, alliance, goal-congruence and feedback) and how are they best maximised?
  • The common conversational ‘traps’ supervisors can fall into (e.g. question-answer, premature focus, expert, chat, and yes-but) and how to avoid them
  • How to best draw solutions out from the supervised practitioner, using several specific Socratic questions
  • How to share information in a person-centred, non-judgemental way which maximises practitioner engagement and minimises practitioner resistance and defensiveness
  • How to build practitioner self-efficacy and confidence using the confidence-scaling question
  • How to best guide practitioners towards self-acceptance and self-compassion so as to improve their resilience and reduce their changes of burnout and work-related wellbeing issues

This seminar will include:

  • Short ppt presentations on key topics and concepts
  • Live demonstrations and video clips
  • Multiple opportunities for practising the strategies, tools and techniques in 2’s and 3’s
  • Pre-work including strengths clarification exercises to maximise learnings from the seminar
  • Provision of a comprehensive handout containing key slides
  • Provision of Strength-based, Solution-focussed Supervision workbook and guide
  • Optional short self-assessment exercises
  • Small group discussions
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Dr Tim’s top tips for happiness, wellbeing and flourishing

By the end of the seminar participants will be more confident about having productive, person-centred, strength-based, solution-focused supervision sessions, as well as some better insight into how they themselves might develop professionally whilst experiencing improved self-compassion and wellbeing both at and outside of work

Back to prison!

ARC CoFounder Mat Rawsthorne was delighted to be asked back in to HMP Ranby to help develop another cohort of their Peer Navigators. The pioneering scheme to train prisoners to support each other using evidence based peer support techniques has been a victim of its own success in that nearly all of the original ‘MAPS’ have had their good work recognised and achieved parole! The Integrated Mental Health Team who support the navigators have themselves been nominated for an Outstanding Service Contribution and Recognition award for innovation.  Mat had the privilege of presenting about the initiative and its impact at the recent UK & Ireland BABCP / Association for Contextual Behavioural Science conference in Dublin.

CRaSH Delivery

Five deliveries of the Compassion Resilience and Self Help programme to front line workers across Nottinghamshire, with excellent feedback from diverse audiences including GPs, Community Mental Health Workers, Citizens Advice staff and other third sector workers. As one participant memorably put it about a colleague’s initial ambivalence over participating: “You might not think you need to be here, but I might think you do!” So if you have team members at risk of burnout, the CRaSH course is a great opportunity to help them “put their own oxygen mask on first”.

Recovery Research Network Event

Recovery Research Network (RRN)

What is the Recovery Research Network?

The RRN is a network for people who are interested or involved in recovery research to share their plans, present their research results, and develop collaborations for future projects.

The theme of this meeting, e-recovery, is also known as positive computing ie how technology is facilitating (or otherwise) people to develop and maintain resilience through networks and coordinated action . There is a big link to the self management agenda here and online peer support, cyber-therapy etc

Thanks to the Institute of Mental Health's Centre for Social Futures for hosting this event and providing refreshments and a buffet lunch and the Academy for Recovery Coaching CIC for assisting in the organisation.

For context please read the latest paper from the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network:

Delegates to this meeting might also be interested in this event:

Mind The Gap: How can evidence keep pace with new technologies in mental healthcare?

When: Monday 24th November 2014
Venue: The Royal College of Physicians, London

MindTech 2014 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a faster evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare.

For the full programme and booking details visit