Supervisor Reflection

1524 Words7 Pages
What a term this has been. I have learned so much over this summer. I always felt in my heart that I wanted to be a supervisor for incoming clinicians and this course has solidified my passion. Since ones professional development is a lifelong process. I think the supervisor and supervisee relationship is essential for professional growth. Personally I know that every supervisor in my career has left a lasting impression and contributed to my professional development because of their dedication to training, supervising, and teaching me all that they could. As a result I did not want to provide my students with poor supervision and I wanted them to have my knowledge and “expertise” and pitfalls. I wanted to create a space where my supervisees…show more content…
It was also important for me that we developed a supervisor/supervisee alliance just as I was expecting them to develop and foster a therapeutic alliance with their clients. It was always imperative for me to factor and consider interpersonal style, use of power, use of self-disclosure, ethnical behavior, attachment style and evaluative practice as well as overall communication style, both mine and there’s. Reflecting back I think I did a good job at using the above mentioned values for example, using self-disclosure stories about mistakes to help my supervisees feel more comfortable sharing and accepting their own mistakes. I also tried to be mindful about creating an effective system to provide and receive positive and constructive feedback by incorporating peer feedback as well as supervisor feedback. I found that constructive feedback lead to behavior change. My supervisees were also receptive and appreciative of the response and time I put into their training. They were open to my assessment of their skills, my feedback on different approaches and it was all evident throughout the time together during supervision and through their videos and role-playing. I remember reading in one of our articles about the “real work takes place between supervision sessions” and that is so true. We know that even with therapy a big amount of client change comes from the work clients do in between session and there are…show more content…
Paul, and Dallas). Over the course of this short term there was an array of tragedy happening around us that I wanted to be insure I created space for my supervisees to not only reflect and process their feelings and biases but also to practice and ask questions about working with clients of diverse populations that may be impacted directly or indirectly by the current events sweeping our nation. It is important that we not just discuss being culturally competent and inclusive but that we have real conversations and practices regarding these and other aspects of diversity, pluralism and inclusion. I am also a big believer in self-care and not only talking about it but practicing what I preach so it was important we discuss and create space for giving each other emotional support through reassurance and encouragement. Overall, I had a great experience and I learned valuable lessons supervising and being supervised. A peer even approached me this week from our course and said you know I really appreciate your supervisor style and I would hire you in a second as a supervisor. That was really nice to hear and while I know there is so much more to learn I am looking forward to joining other supervisors in helping support and shape our future professional psychologist
Get Access