Do you work in a psychological, social or pedagogical team? Are you in nursing, pastoral or the medical profession? Is the level of staff illness high, while your spirits are low? Are you experiencing repeated conflicts and perhaps even mobbing?
Are you a teacher or instructor in a school? Are you a social worker, working with children, adolescents or young adults? Are you a medical doctor, at-tendant, therapist, minister or deacon/deaconess? Then, your profession is psychologically and emotionally wearing. You deal with people who suffer and who try to deal with things which haunt them. Do you find yourself mentally taking their suffering home and therefore find it difficult to switch off after work? Do you despair about being stuck between your own standards as a helper and your institutional possibilities?
Supervision is a form of systemic support for individuals as well as teams.The process will help you to reflect on and improve your professional (or hon-orary) engagement.
The content of a supervision can be your daily work and routines, roles and expectations, relational dynamics between clients, co-workers and/or superiors, and the quality of cooperation within your team or your organisation.
Your goals of a supervision might be:
- reflecting on the specific situations at work (case review),
- stabilising you personally and/or your team,
- developing joint perspectives for you individually and/or your team,
- counselling and support during phases of change,
- preservation of creativity and personal health,
- coping with crises,
- solving conflicts and dealing with stresses and strains,
- encouraging self-care (work-life-balance).
During a systemic supervision, you will define goals, take stock of your circumstances, discover and use your resources, and reflect on your experiences. As your supervisor, I will assist in the implementation of your ideas.
All topics and content, which are part of the supervision process, will of course be entirely confidential!
Depending on situations and issues arising during the supervision, I will propose different methods. The following have often been very helpful:
For your further reading:
- methods of Provocative Therapy and Gestalt Therapy (e.g. the empty chair, paradox interventions),
- systemic inquiry,
- team- and organisational constellation,
- methods of group dynamics and theme-centred interaction,
- process- and resource-oriented methods,
- tools of organisational consulting or quality management,
- creative methods,
- structured feedback,
- homework and tasks,
- stress-management tools,
- time- and self-management,
- relaxation techniques and awareness exercises,
- reflecting team,
- role plays,
- video analyses.
WHAT IS GESTALT THERAPY?WHAT IS PROVOCATIVE THERAPY?
- Gope: Supervision and Mentoring in Healthcare, 2018.
- Rosenfield / Newman: Building Competence in School Consultation: A Developmental Approach (Consultation, Supervision and Professional Learn-ing), 2018.
- Sever: Supervision Matters: 100 Bite-Sized Ideas to Transform You and Your Team, 2016.
- Todd / Storm: The Complete Systemic Supervisor: Context, Philosophy, and Pragmatics, 2014.
- Yalom: The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 2008.