Supervision for the helping professions

Thursday and Friday 22nd and 23rd November, 2018

Presenters include: Barry Mason and John Burnham, Matthew Ganda, Barbara McKay, Hannah Sherbersky and Martin Gil.

Join us for this 2-day event which will showcase different approaches to supervision for helping professionals. Further details to follow, but workshops will include:

Hannah Sherbersky and Martin Gil: Get out of your chair! Clinical supervision in action.

In this challenging and rigorous era of evidence-based practice and treatment pathways, the pressure is on to maintain creative energy. Many clinicians work creatively in their clinical settings, but may lose spontaneity and vitality in the supervisory process. This workshop explores and encourages clinicians to develop their creative energy and innovation within their supervisory practice.

This training provides practical skills in actions methods and demonstrates the compatibility of action methods with the competencies identified in the supervision of psychological therapies framework (Roth & Pilling, 2009). Our aim is to strengthen and extend existing supervision practice within multi-disciplinary contexts.

Hannah Sherbersky MSc AFT UKCP Supervisor

Hannah has worked in both CAMHS and adult mental health services for over 20 years as a Mental Health Nurse and Systemic Family Psychotherapist. Hannah is Lead Family Therapist part time at a regional adolescent in-patient unit and holds a number of positions at Exeter University.

Martin Gill UKCP HCPC BPA BADth UKCP Supervisor

Martin Gill is a psychodrama psychotherapist, dramatherapist and registered supervisor with UKCP and HCPC. He has been an arts therapies practitioner and supervisor for over twenty years and has worked with clinicians in the UK, United States, India, Australia and Northern Ireland.

Simon Shattock: Systemic Supervision and trauma

Simon will explore the impact of working with trauma on the supervisory process within a tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. He writes: In the last year I have noticed the emotional impact this context has on the supervision group and my supervisory ability to remain in focus. I will explore the current systemic supervision literature in the field of trauma and supervision. Trauma for me holds personal resonances as my grandmother’s parents were killed in the Holocaust, therefore how people are treated in the context of trauma is important to me. Alongside this, to explore the application of different theoretical models such as the Domains of Action Theory and Attachment Theory to help guide the supervisor and supervisees in the process of the working at the edge, and limitations of the models .

Following a BA degree in Social Work in 2001 Simon obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Child Focused Practice at the Institute of Family Therapy, London he also obtained a Post graduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory, Tavistock Centre, London. In 2009 he gained a Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre, London. In addition to his studies he has worked within NHS Trusts within London and Hertfordshire since 1998 within Child and Adolescent services. He currently works as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (CAMHS), at the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He also works as a Senior Lecture at the Institute Of Family Therapy in London. Simon has a private practice in both central and north London. He is a qualified systemic supervisor.

John Burnham and Barry Mason: How we think about and practice supervision.

In this workshop we will present some of our similar and different ideas about supervision. In addition to an emphasis on practice skills we will address theory, the self of the supervisor and the supervisory relationship.There will be opportunity for discussion and debate.

John Burnham is a Consultant Family and Systemic Psychotherapist with forty years’ experience of working with families, couples and individuals, mainly at Parkview Clinic, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where he was previously Director of the Systemic Training Programmes.  He continues to lead the supervision course.  As well as training in the UK, he teaches in a variety of contexts overseas including Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the United States and South America. He is a past Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of the UKCP.

Barry Mason is a family and systemic psychotherapist and supervisor based in London, with over thirty years’ experience of work with families, couples and individuals. He is a former director of the Institute of Family Therapy, London where he was also the director of the supervision programme and co-director of the doctoral programme. His own doctoral research developed ideas about a systemic approach to managing chronic pain. He is a member of the panel of experts for Pain Concern UK. He teaches in the UK and overseas – particularly in South East Asia and Australia. He is a co-editor (with David Campbell) of the book – Perspectives on Supervision.

Barbara McKay: Developing supervisory style that is both consistent and structured, flexible and responsive: notes from a small study.

The workshop will draw upon a small doctoral study of supervision groups focusing on the development of supervisory style. Supervisors were consistent across the group in using their preferred practice theoretical orientation as the basis for their supervision structure whilst there was great variation in their responses to supervisees that appeared to be more closely linked to individual relational style and relational responsiveness.

This workshop will explore the dance between stable and consistent supervisory structures and practices and the moment to moment relational responses that are flexible and constantly emerging that contributes to personal supervisory style.

Some tentative suggestions are offered to enhance the quality of supervisory relationships and thus improve learning.

The workshop will be useful for those moving into supervisory positions as well as more experienced supervisors wishing to review their supervisory practice and more actively consider the influence of their style on others and others’ effect on them.

Barbara is the Director of the Institute of Family Therapy. She leads the IFT supervision course. Her doctoral thesis focused on the development of supervisory style in live supervision in a training context from which she has developed ideas about the co-construction of supervisory style. She has practiced and supervised in statutory and voluntary sector organisations as well as private practice. Barbara’s original training in social work has led to a continuing passion to make bridges between therapeutic ideas and social work practice. To that end she has adapted supervision courses and systemic leadership courses for a wider audience such as social work team leaders, managers, heads of service and directors. Barbara is on the Board of the CMM Institute and contributes to courses and workshops in the UK and abroad.

Matthew Ganda: Feedback Informed Systemic Supervision

This experiential workshop will explore collaboratively how, as supervisors we make use of feedback to inform clinical supervision. How is meaningful feedback collected? We will think together about the supervision contracting process and how time spent negotiating a ‘good’ contract often contributes to effective supervision. I will suggest that Action Research frameworks particularly Judi Marshall’s ‘Living Inquiry’ and Jack Whitehead’s ‘Living Theory’ fit well with the aims and objectives of systemic supervision. Participants are invited to bring their own supervision stories to share.

In 2016 Matthew took early retirement from his post as a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist and Head of CAMHS Systemic Psychotherapy in Essex. He is a clinical supervisor on the IFT MSc in Family Therapy. Matthew has been involved with the IFT agency-based courses for several years. He offers clinical supervision to systemic psychotherapists and to psychotherapists and counsellors from non-systemic modalities.


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