Professional Development Day: Supervision: relationship, authority and ethics - Edinburgh, 4 September 2017

One of the challenges facing all of those who supervise is to balance genuine collaboration with our supervisees and appropriate use of the authority inherent in the role. This is a dynamic balance, which has to take account of many factors at a given moment, including; the current level of experience of the supervisee, the nature of their client work, their approach to therapeutically -based work they undertake, the context in which they work, what we have agreed in our supervisory contract and the wellbeing of the client who is the immediate focus of our exploration in supervision.

In this PDD we will consider what qualities we seek to establish in our supervisory relationships, informed by our own experience, feedback from our supervisees and the research literature. We will also explore the nature and purpose of what can be described as ‘supervisory authority’ and also some of its shadow aspects, for example authoritarian, oppressive tendencies and the risks inherent in abdicating authority.

We will go on to consider the revised BACP ethical framework, which has an increased emphasis on supervision, and explore the interconnections in supervision between ethical practice, the supervisory relationship and the supervisor’s authority. Participants will be encouraged to read the revised BACP Ethical Framework in preparation for the PDD and during the workshop highlight any areas which cause concern in their work as a supervisor.

Throughout the day there will be time for discussion as a whole group and in small groups. There will also be a number experiential exercises participants will be invited to undertake, including an opportunity to identify specific actions to take forward coming out of their learning of the day.

About the presenter:

Steve Page has been supervising since 1979 and involved in supervisor training and development for over 25 years. He is an accredited, registered counsellor and has a counselling, coaching and supervision practice, based in North Yorkshire.

Steve is co-author, with Val Wosket, of supervising the counsellor and psychotherapist (3rd ed. 2014), author of the shadow and the counsellor, as well as a number of articles. He is currently the executive specialist for supervision for the BACP coaching division.