Supervision and counselling psychology : an investigation into current practice, an exploration of the supervision needs of qualified practitioners with a case study, and peer supervision - what does it offer for the experienced practitioner
The central theme of this thesis is the use of consultancy supervision among qualified practitioners of counselling psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. The research section in this portfolio consists of a report of the results of a survey into the use of consultancy supervision among Chartered Counselling Psychologists. The survey aimed to provide baseline descriptive data regarding the respondents' use of supervision as part of their continuing professional development, and their role as clinical supervisors to other practitioners. The research questionnaire consisted of 31 items yielding qualitative and quantitative data. It asked respondents about the length and kind of preparation they had for their roles as supervisors and sought their views and experiences on the most rewarding and stressful aspects of their work, their theoretical models of supervision, their training experiences, supervision of their supervision, and their opinions on the various tasks of supervision. The report concludes with some suggestions relating to the development of supervision training for counselling psychologists in the future. The case study focuses on supervised supervision with a practitioner with multiple roles in his work as a counselling services manager. The premise underlying it is that post-qualification supervision frequently demands a broader set of skills than training supervision, and in this case complex legal, ethical, competency, accountability and procedural issues arising in an organisational setting are addressed from a pluralistic theoretical perspective. The literature review focuses on the use of peer supervision among qualified practitioners with a view to answering some key questions. These relate to the kind of practitioners who use the format, the size and duration of peer groups, what they are used for, the stages that they go through, how to set up and run a group, and their advantages and disadvantages.