Training supervision: professional and ethical considerations
Clinical supervision plays an integral role in the process of becoming a counsellor, psychologist or psychotherapist and is a recommended or required contributory element of continuing professional development. The knowledge, skills and modelling that a supervisor conveys are important aspects of helping the supervisee to assist his/her client by offering support, an opportunity to learn, explore difficulties and promote best practice in both the therapeutic and supervisory relationships. However, the nature of clinical supervision and in particular, training supervision engenders several important professional and ethical considerations for both participants of the supervisory dyad. Such considerations therefore require serious attention in terms of their impact on the welfare of the client and the process of learning. This chapter examines some of these issues and their potential to influence the supervisory experience. Although the chapter focuses on training supervision, ideas and application will also be of relevance to qualified therapists either in their role of supervisor, supervisee or both. The term supervision will refer to clinical supervision throughout the chapter.