Advancing Your Supervision Skills

Many professions now view supervision as integral to the promotion of best and ethical practice, and self-awareness. A key step in this self-awareness process entails finding a shared language for engaging with difficult topics that plague our inner and outer life.  These include unconscious triggers and hidden wounds from childhood that impact on us in the work place.  It also entails the ability to handle organizational conflicts and tensions without feeling overwhelmed or hopeless.

Learning to supervise well brings you on a personal journey of self-development that can directly enhance your work, as well as the work of those that you supervise. We teach you how to shift into an expanded consciousness position in order to discover new solutions to exiting problems, and thereby to supervise from this bigger perspective.

Thus supervision can encompass an enormous remit, from personal and professional development, to team building and organizational or systemic change.  Once you develop your own personal toolkit to engage with these complex dynamics, your work life is effective and deeply satisfying.  You will then be able to supervise other individuals to do likewise.  Finally, you will learn how to engage with your organization constructively, in order to bring about cultural change.

The Modules:

1. Transforming Disturbances into Pearls of Wisdom
This is the first day of the Camino Series where we teach you to ‘stop and step out’ into an entirely new perspective, a more intuitive way of viewing each situation. We show you how to remove the veil of the familiar so that you can step out into a compassionate and detached position. From this new outlook hitherto unknown, solutions suddenly become available.  Any situation that leads you to an impasse can be transformed into a pearl of wisdom.  Once you learn to live out of this new paradigm in the workplace you will have a powerful tool to stay energized and inspired, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties and tensions.  This is true self-reflection, and an approach that could underlie all supervision practice, empowering both yourself and those you supervise.

2. A Personal Power Audit: How to Empower Self and Others
In this training day you will discover ways to connect with your inner strength or personal power, and in so doing you will learn how to empower others to do the same.  Through experiential exercises you will discover what it is that knocks you out of this power, such as negative habitual scripts or ‘inner chatter’ that limit you in subtle and often hidden ways. You will know that you have lost personal power when you feel tired, are constantly worrying or you develop a low mood.  Working through blocks and triggers, we teach you how to discern the different ‘inner voices’ or false ‘pseudo-guides’ that deplete personal power and keep you stuck in old patterns of behaving and relating.  One of the ways that we track where we are not being compassionate to ‘self’ is through the exploration of our habit lives.  How do we identify such habits in ourselves, so that we can see them in others?  Where are we unconsciously using external soothing methods, rather regulating from our own central power?

3. Inviting in the Thirteenth Fairy
The thirteenth Fairy refers to the Grimm’s fairy tale of the sleeping beauty – ‘Little Briar-Rose’.  In this tale the troublesome guest was excluded from the feast.  She arrived anyway bringing her curse, and causing havoc and pain in the court.  Excluding and marginalizing troublesome experiences may lead to short-term relief but long term pain.  This training day teaches you how to work with Deep Democracy, bringing in all experiences, both positive and negative, into awareness.  You will discover what it is that you marginalize in yourself, and how, once it is welcomed in, it can be useful.  We come to see where we have replaced the practice of being self-compassionate with a range of behaviors that artificially soothe us, and which may drain us in the long run, both physically and mentally. In this training day we develop the capacity for a compassionate internalized inner voice.

4. Developing the Iceberg Model of Self
The supervisor needs to be able to work with their own projections and the projections of others in a framework that is accepting and transformative.  When we see someone as different, we split off a part of ourselves.  Those who hurt us test our inner strength.  They force us to see if we can grow and turn the situation into an opportunity.  They highlight the area we need to develop, the fragment that we need to transform into a noble friend.  We spend much of this training day working with the ‘disturbing other’ and the parts of ourselves that we project onto others.  During the day we teach you how to help yourself and others to work with these relationship issues as a catalyst for change.

5. Intimacy and Blocks to Relationships
In this training day we will help you to develop a new language for understanding relationship dynamics.  We will also teach you how to supervise those working with couples, by giving you a structure and map to understand these often confusing and entangled relationship dynamics.  This training day addresses all of the common blocks to intimacy in relationship.  It provides practical strategies and insights that can deepen our own relationship life, our team building and our capacity to supervise those working with relationships at a deep level in their therapeutic practice.

6. Working with Challenging Feedback
One of the key roles of the supervisor is to be able to give feedback that is constructive yet which does not avoid being challenging where appropriate.  Most of us find it difficult to really hear and integrate feedback, particularly when it is a little difficult.  Feedback should benefit everyone involved.  It is not an excuse to dismantle someone’s personality.  Rather, it needs to be tailored and delivered at a pace so that the recipient can hear it and digest it. This training day teaches you how to communicate clearly, ‘accuse’ or challenge cleanly, and where necessary, engage in conflict so that there is a ‘win win’ for everyone.

7. Power, Rank, Diversity & Adversity
Supervision offers a reflective space where the supervisees can build up their confidence and sense of gravitas in their work.  When we develop gravitas we become comfortable with our power in relationship.  This module explores how to handle power dynamics, both within teams, the therapeutic relationship with clients and the supervisory relationship itself.  We will teach you how to understand and name the different types of power, rank and diversity and to be able to track with confidence where power and rank may be being misused.  The more comfortable we are with our own power and diversity, the more we are able to empower both those we supervise and the clients with which they are working.

8. Developing Your Inner and Outer Leader in Groups
The supervisee often brings issues that involve group or team dynamics and organizational issues.  The supervisor can do much to facilitate an understanding of such group dynamics and processes, including offering a reflective space for facilitators and group leaders themselves.  In this training day we give a ‘leadership toolkit’ that identifies many of the core dynamics and concepts that are needed to understand the culture of groups and organisations.  This day is useful for supervisors and group facilitators alike.

  • These training days teach practical management skills to build confidence in working with groups and teams in order to lead from an empowered, clear and insightful place.
  • This training teaches the skills to deepen a self-reflective practice that forms the basis of all supervision. We can thereby empower others to engage with work in a more effective and satisfying way.
  • This training offers a tool kit and daily practice to live life in a more mindful way. It combines the best from psychological knowledge and meditation traditions to live out of full personal power.
  • These CPD days teach fundamental process skills for working with clients and understanding group and team dynamics. Essential for anyone wanting to take their work to a deeper level.