Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision / External Supervision (Online or in Sydney)

I offer clinical supervision for individuals, work teams, community groups who provide labour and support in the mental health and/or helping space with a focus on anti-oppressive and reflective supervision/practice in Sydney and online.

Clinical supervision can be self-funded and claimed back on tax and/or agency funded (usually pay for monthly sessions). I currently work with a mix of students/new grads, individuals, teams/groups, and organisations (a non-exhaustive list includes: Aboriginal Legal Service, Lou’s Place, Wayside Chapel, MYAN NSW, Greens NSW).

Some people who may want to access me for clinical supervision may be:

  • Students (often from disciplines of counselling, social work, community services, social sciences, and psychology)
  • New graduates and early career 
  • Paid employees
  • Unpaid workers (e.g. volunteers, carers, community leadership)

I truly love to work with students, new grads or early career peers – don’t be shy!

 

My take as a supervisor:

I believe the personal is professional is political. Supervision with me will incorporate theory, values, personal experiences, solidarity, leaning into discomfort, discussions about power, criticism of oppressive systems including the AASW and government, and embracing imperfection and growth mindset. I’m very anti-hustle culture/neoliberalism/capitalism and very much about being intentional in our work. My goal is not to make as much money as possible or hoard power, but to practice as ethically aligned to my values as possible while making a sustainable wage. 

In sessions I will share my professional and personal experiences and ask you to practice vulnerability too. I think it is important to center Anti-Oppressive Practice and social justice as imperfect allies that lean in. I aim to create a feeling of psychological safety to admit to not knowing something, be imperfect, try and fail and try again. I will not shame you for being human and don’t believe I am an expert who knows everything. It’s the difference between being “not a racist” and being “anti-racist”. If I was to say “I am not a racist” that implies I know everything there is to know about being/not being racist. It creates a lack of safety for others to give constructive feedback. Practicing “anti-racism” is acknowledging that I may get things wrong sometimes but that I am always actively trying to identify and eliminate racism in any form. It is an openness to learning and self-reflection.

 

(Non-exhaustive) Examples of what we can talk about: 

  • Organisational issues, ethical dilemmas, team conflicts, interpersonal/coworker/employee/staff issues
  • Ethical issues e.g. balancing bodily autonomy/dignity of risk with duty of care
  • Moral injury, burnout, vicarious trauma (and the difference between all three) 
  • Sustainability and work-life balance, 
  • Reflection on both direct and indirect work with people and programs
  • Debriefing on crisis or high conflict/stress situations 
  • Use of self and impact of your own history/experiences on your work
  • Boundaries, communication, assertiveness
  • Being a manager/dealing with management
  • Conflict management/conflict resolution, restorative/transformative justice processes
  • Working in challenging and/or complex contexts e.g. working with people who have caused harm to others
  • Being Neurodivergent in the workplace
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome 
  • Counselling/casework case consultation 
  • How to center social justice/Anti-Oppressive Practice in a neoliberal capitalist society

Specifically for therapists: 

  • Groups and groupwork planning/debriefing, relationship with co-facilitator (can have a group/triad sessions).
  • Setting up private practice and related processes. 
  • Checking profile and brand copy to be as Anti-Oppressive Practice as possible.
  • How to be both an ethical private/independent practice therapist and make a living wage.
  • Case consultation on individual, relationship, and group counselling sessions.
  • Upskilling in thinking more systemically e.g. relationship counselling including non-monogamy.
  • Decolonising therapy frameworks/tools.
 
 
Check out my post about what’s the purpose of clinical supervision vs line supervision/EAP/personal counselling here.

Clinical supervision is essential to my ethical practice and sustainability of my work.

What is clinical supervision:

Clinical Supervision is a semi-structured/structured (depending on preference/needs) and safe, confidential environment for skill development and reflection, resulting in improved quality of service provision, worker resilience and professional/personal well-being.

There a many different models of clinical supervision. I use an approach that is moves between role of mentor, coach, educator, counsellor, and consultant depending on the needs and context of the individual situation. I am very relational and will use the process between us as part of the supervision.

I also use a social justice, anti-oppressive practice and trauma-informed lens in my practice. I look at things systemically and employ a narrative approach. I centre the service-user, ethical practice and justice (these things may occasionally conflict).

My own journey with clinical supervision:

What has helped me immensely was being supported to develop a theoretical framework for practice underpinned by values that align closely with my personal values and ethics. For me this has been found within the traditions of Narrative therapy, where understandings about client problems are located in socio-political-cultural contexts, not in the mind or body of the individual.

I also use my own supervision to get refine my ethics, explore career directions, validate my struggles and choices, vent about frustrating situations/broken system, refresh me from feeling burnt out, and challenge me lovingly to be social worker I am meant to be. 

I have different clinical supervisors I navigate specializations in (e.g. relationship counselling, Anti-Oppressive Practice) and see each of them on a monthly to a 6 weeks basis. It can be a cost upfront but it is tax deductible (so save your receipts!) I see this an investment in myself and quality of service that I offer to the people I work with. 

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