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