Professional Supervision

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:

  1. Development– increasing the knowledge, understanding and skills of the supervisee in their area of practice
  2. 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
  3. 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 SupervisionAcceptance and Commitment TherapyMindfulnessTuakana-Teina Model; and Motivational interviewing.

As a registered psychologist, Sam is bound by the Psychologists’ Code of Ethics, works to a supervision contract and receives regular supervision for each of his practice areas.

… Supervision helps me to maintain my own high standards of work, as well as create the time I need to reflect and consider my own approaches with clients. I chose to work with Sam because I liked the combination of his coaching skills and the rigor of his psychology background. I thoroughly look forward to [supervision with him] each month because I know it will stretch my thinking, challenge my assumptions and provide a supportive framework for my practice. I … highly recommend his work.
Sam provided my external supervision for a number of years. His insight, encouragement and gentle nudging helped me to grow in confidence, knowledge and skill, while remaining grounded in my values and passions, his support enabled me to take on new and challenging projects.

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