Group Supervision For Counsellors

Online Group Clinical Supervision for Counsellors

My group supervision for counsellors provides a safe and positive learning environment in which you are encouraged to reflect on the content and process of your work with clients. This allows you to strengthen your skills and develop new perspectives. I look forward to supporting and encouraging you in your practice.

What is Group Supervision for counsellors?

The aim of Group Supervision is to enhance your growth as a practitioner and increase the effectiveness of you work with clients. Consequently, it ensures they receive the high-quality professional services. 

Group Supervision for counsellors provides a structured learning experience focused on your professional needs and your stage of development as a practitioner. 

How to choose a Group Supervisor

I am often told it is the ability to form a supportive group relationship characterised by trust, mutual respect and a strong learning focus.

A supervisor who is responsive to your needs and provides a positive supervision experience will add value to your practice and enhance your work with clients.

Logo of PACFA, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

In order to meet industry training standards, Clinical supervisors must be Clinical Members of PACFA for a minimum of 5 years. Additionally, they must have completed specific training in supervision.

They must also have at least two years’ supervised Clinical supervision experience before being registered as a PACFA Accredited Supervisor. 

Supervisors also have ongoing Supervision on their supervision practice, as well as separate ongoing professional development in the area of supervision.

It is best to choose a supervisor who is a good fit for you and your learning needs, and has the skills to guide you in your stage of development as a counsellor. 

About me as a supervisor

I am a PACFA Accredited Supervisor and group educator who draws on my knowledge of learning and group dynamics in order to create the necessary atmosphere for positive growth and skill development as a counsellor.

I am a practising counsellor with 16 years’ experience in the field, starting out as a School Counsellor, then a Senior Counsellor in AOD, and as a counsellor in private practice, whilst also teaching counselling at ACAP in Sydney and conducting counselling group workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

I have current knowledge and practice, and I willingly share this experience with my supervisees, whilst aiming to bring out the best in them. I believe that good supervision should support, guide, challenge and provide positive learning experiences that help you grow as a practitioner and as an individual. 

How important is Clinical group Supervision for counsellors?

We all need supervision. Clinical supervision is sometimes described as the most important component of professional practice (Geldard & Geldard, 2013).

Through professional dialogue within a supportive learning environment you will increase your knowledge and skills and your clients will benefit.

What is the role of Clinical supervision for counsellors?

Clinical supervision is a contracted relationship with agreed roles and responsibilities. The role of the Clinical supervisor is to create a safe learning environment and to help you identify your learning needs. 

A clear structure for the sessions is important for consistency and achieving your goals. A strengths-based approach will allow you to share your knowledge and experiences, and be open and curious about feedback. 

Supervision typically has an educative, supportive and administrative function to ensure accountability to your clients and to the profession of counselling. Clinical supervision includes confidentiality and informed consent when working with client issues. It is based on professional codes of ethics.

Clinical supervision also has an evaluative function, which we will address through self-review of your own strengths and areas for development. Periodic evaluation of your supervision experience will be conducted.

The supervision relationship

The supervision relationship is central to achieving positive outcomes in supervision (Carroll, 1996). It is a learning relationship with a clear purpose and goals. Together, we will form a collaborative working alliance that is responsive to the group’s needs and interests, and to each participant’s individual needs and stage of development as a practitioner.

The supervision process

The process of supervision is dynamic and engaging. The structure will consist of group sharing of each participant’s development in their practice and of individual client cases for collegial input. Developmental models of group supervision are used to  provide a framework for planning effective supervision experiences. Evaluation and feedback will be structured into the experience.

During supervision we may engage in role-plays, case consultation, reflective enquiry and occasional recorded/video-taped sessions.

The Ethics of Online Supervision

Online Supervision can involve ethical issues around confidentiality, informed consent, and data leakage. I have taken some important measures to protect you and your information. 

I use  Cliniko’s integrated telehealth software, which offers a secure, high-quality video and audio connection. on any device. All you need is an internet connection and your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Security and compliance

You be assured that your consultations are kept private and confidential, between just you and your counsellor. Your records are kept safe through Cliniko’s secure system.

All video calls are secured with end-to-end encryption and meet the strict privacy and security standards and data regulations of Australian Privacy PrinciplesGDPR, and HIPAA

How should I prepare for Group Supervision?

Before our first session, I will send my Supervision Privacy and Confidentiality Policy which outlines our supervision contract, what to expect and the ethics of supervision. I also send you a Pre-Supervision Questionnaire to complete and return to me by email before our first session. I’ll ask about your experiences with Group Supervision and what worked for you, and what you’re hoping to achieve now from supervision. I’m also curious about which client issues you do and don’t like to work with and we’ll explore this in our first session as a group. 

Fees and arrangements

Group supervision is $90 for a 90-minute session, with a maximum of four participants. Linda provides a tailored professional service based on the needs and interests of the group, with space to explore individual needs.

Contact Linda Magson, Clinical counselling supervisor, to find out more about Group Supervision.

Read my blog Time to stop and reflect – affordable, quality clinical supervision for graduate and trainee counsellors in Sydney.