Most professional bodies expect their therapists to have some form of regular clinical supervision in order for them to be members of that particular organisation. They believe that clinical supervision is necessary for the therapist to deliver a safe and professional service to their clients.
What this means for clients.
Clinical supervision means that an outside, independent person is watching over the work and practices of a therapist. This ensures that therapists are working within their competency and are meeting the requirements of their particular professional body. As a supervisior at Azanimo I am a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP. This means that I need to have a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision per month, 30 hours of continuing professional development training (CPD) per year and am practicing ethically with the best interests of my client at heart.
What this means for therapists.
Clinical supervision is a way for therapists to ensure they are practicing ethically, they are continuing to develop and grow as a therapist and they are adhering to their code of ethics. Beyond this it also offers them support to manage their work and any anxieties this may bring, as well as to celebrate their successes. It can help a therapist to identify any blind spots they may have or deal with transference and counter-transferential issued that may arise.
Azanimo offers clinical supervision to both qualified and trainee counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling lecturers. I am an experienced clinical supervisor with over 10 years experience, qualified to postgraduate level in clinical supervision and am a senior accredited supervisor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Senior accreditation means I have been assessed by the BACP as meeting stringent, post qualification criteria, in working with supervisees at a high level. It also means I have undertaken hundreds of hours of supervision with supervisees.