In times of crisis, such as the current coronavirus pandemic, we need to adopt alternative and innovative means of working with supervisees.

Join Lynne Gabriel, Stephen Hitchcock and Anne Stokes as they discuss this theme. They'll identify key areas to address and engage with the potentiality and pitfalls of supervising through digital media. The resource is informed by the BACP Telephone/E-Counselling Competency Framework and is for those supervising through digital media.

Key dates

Watch live from 10am - 11.30am on ​Friday 1 May 2020, where you'll be able to network with other practitioners via a chatroom and submit questions to our panel.

You'll also have access to a on-demand service from Monday 4 May 2020, so you can catch up on anything you miss. Please note, your confirmation email will include an 'end date' of this service in August, but we'd like to reassure you that the resource will be available for as long as needed during this period.

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Aim of the resource

To offer responsive and flexible resources for supervising through digital media in times of local, national and global crisis.

Learning outcomes

This resource will help you to:

  • review and enhance your approach to working through digital media in times of crisis

  • apply the BACP ethical framework and the BACP Competency Framework for Telephone/E-Counselling to developing supervision via digital media

  • identify a range of resources for dealing with supervision that acknowledge complex relational and contextual situations

Presenter biographies

Lynne Gabriel

Lynne is Professor of Counselling and Mental Health at York St John University with over thirty years of experience of teaching, researching, practising and supervising in the helping and counselling professions. She is a BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Lynne has published textbooks, chapters and papers associated with process, relational and contextual ethics in practice.

At York St John, Lynne is founding Director of York St John's Mental Health Clinic, working with colleagues and students from counselling, education, psychology, and occupational therapy, as well as external partners to provide a range of wellbeing services, co-delivered by students and staff. The University mental health clinic also founded the Research & Training Clinic Consortium (RTCC), which brings together York St John, Salford, Abertay and Newman University Clinics. The RTCC enables the development of data for humanistic therapies delivered at the clinics, with the aim of extending the evidence base for those who recognise and practise humanistic, integrative and pluralistic ways of working.

In 2019 Lynne was awarded a Universities Top 100 award by MadeAtUni for her development of the mental health clinic and provision of affordable, accessible services aimed at citizen and community wellbeing.

Stephen Hitchcock

Stephen Hitchcock is BACP’s Ethics consultant for supervisors. He supports members by discussing with them their questions and ethical dilemmas as they relate to their supervision practice and the practice of their supervisees. Stephen is a senior accredited member of BACP with 17 years' experience as a supervisor, and 21 years as a counsellor. He has worked in a number of different settings - private practice, primary care, university counselling services, voluntary counselling organisations and EAPs. He has previously worked with BACP Professional Standards as an accreditation assessor and moderator.

Anne Stokes

Anne was a senior accredited BACP counsellor, a supervisor and trainer. She directed Online Training Ltd and with her co-director founded the Online Counselling and Therapy In Action conferences. She was instrumental in setting up the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. Her time is now divided between homes in England and France, mainly in retirement.

She worked with BACP to produce a curriculum for Distance Therapy and has written and edited a number of books concerned with online therapy. Her passion for online supervision led to her edited book Online Supervision:  a handbook for practitioners.