Aspects of supervision - experiential and case study methods

In the UK, clinical supervision is a requirement throughout the professional life of a Psychologist, CBT Therapist and EMDR Trained Therapist, whilst they are practising with clients.  It also happens in settings such as therapy research, team management and psychology training when supervision is tailored to the needs of the person and their roles. It is good practise to also receive supervision of your supervision roles too.

When undertanding supervision it is helpful to distinguish between content and methods.

CONTENT is the subject being focussed on for example: the therapeutic task, the therapeutic relationship, risk issues, the Supervisee, the supervisory relationship or the context in which supervision occurs.

METHODS are the means by which the content is addressed for example: through case discussion (C) or more experiential methods (E).

Further examples of E methods are: Diagrammatic case formulation, live session samples (recorded or direct),  evaluating competencies using psychometric measures, skills rehearsal and such like.  'Experiential' basically means those methods which involve as substantial element of 'doing'.

Case study discussion is the most common method used in supervision, but some professional organisations are now recognising and promoting the use of wider more experiential methods.

If you interested in receving professional supervision of your therapy practise, please make an enquiry to find out more, via our 'contact us' page.