S3 training – Strength-based, Solution-focused Supervision

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