Supervision enables you to develop an approach to your work which is based on self-reflection. The supervision process takes into account personal, social and organizational factors, as well as those relating to working relationships.
Types of supervision – Examples from practice
The leadership of an organization is meeting to consider and deal with issues and problems.
- A school management team – How can we organize the flow of information and communication within our team and our school and to the outside world? How do we start making the changes we would like to make?
- The management of a company – How can we resolve this conflict and how do we want to work together in future?
- The leadership of an organization – How can we make sure that the decisions we take are more consistently implemented?
A successful team is taking time out of its day-t0-day business to deal with problems relating to its work as a team.
- How healthy are our present working relationships? What structures do we have in place to enable us to work together? How do we respond when differences arise?
- How do we tackle stress?
- How do we need to adapt our roles and responsibilities to meet changing demands, for example, from the hospital management or our financial backer?
This is where people with similar jobs get together to discuss and deal with issues from their daily working lives. Reflecting on matters which concern you personally in the context of a group and considering the issues and experiences of other group members can open up new perspectives and provide you with options for possible courses of action. Casework can involve issues relating to leadership or to that particular line of work, as well as personal matters.
- A group of self-employed consultants might discuss why it is so difficult to find clients when working for oneself, a process which used to feel much easier when working as part of an organization.
- A group of managers working for the XY authority might help Mr Karl develop strategies and a stance for approaching the next round of negotiations with his superiors.
- A group of female managers from a variety of companies might discuss how they form networks, how they might want to support one another or how Ms Peters might deal with a difficult colleague.
Whether you are an employee, in management or self-employed, all the work-related issues and problems facing you can be tackled over several sessions of individual supervision.
This involves supervising people who are in training to become coaches, supervisors or consultants. Training supervision allows the client to confront and reflect on all the issues relating to:
- working whilst undergoing training
- personal issues arising out of the development of the new career role and identity