Professional supervision is defined as “a self-reflective review of practice, to discuss professional issues and to receive feedback on all elements of practice, with the objectives of ensuring quality of service, improving practice and managing stress” (NZ Psychologists’ Board)
All of the recognised Codes of Ethics, to which registered Psychologists and professional Coaches adhere, emphasise the essential contribution that regular supervision makes to ensuring the delivery of the highest professional and ethical standards. Sam Farmer has over two decades of experience in providing professional supervision both to individuals and groups. He has also read extensively, written and presented on the subject and prioritises three core functions of supervision:
- Development– increasing the knowledge, understanding and skills of the supervisee in their area of practice
- Accountability– providing guidance according to relevant professional standards and ethical codes to ensure best practice and the safety of the supervisee’s client. Sam follows the NZ Psychologists’ Board Supervision Guidelines for the supervision of psychologists
- Support– providing the supervisee with the opportunity to review the personal impact of their work, e.g. burnout, stress, compassion-fatigue; and building supervisee resilience and self-confidence to support their practice.
Supporting the oversight of the above supervision functions, Sam applies supervision and other practice models that best respond to the needs of the Supervisee and their Client/s, including: Hawkins and Smith’s 7-Eyed Model of Supervision; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Mindfulness; Tuakana-Teina Model; and Motivational interviewing.
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