… 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. Kathryn Jackson (FCIPD)| Learning & Development Coach and Author, EMCC Accredited Coach – Senior Practitioner Level
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. Christina Baird Intern Psychologist, bread and pomegranates coaching and supervision.
Owner-Director of Enhance Facilitation Limited, Sam Farmer has over two decades of experience in providing and receiving professional supervision. Within the framework of Hawkins and Smith’s 7-Eyed Model of Supervision, he applies a strengths-based approach that integrates a number of models, including those from: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Mindfulness; Narrative Coaching; Tuakana-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.
Clients have included those from NZ Police, NZ Corrections, Ministry of Education; as well as individual supervisees providing coaching to professionals and leaders in the corporate sector.
What is 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)
Sam works with groups and individuals, covering what he defines as the three core functions of professional 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 (and his own supervision)
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.
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