Supervision a Question for Hypnotherapists
I have written many times about the importance of clinical supervision in a practitioner’s professional life. I have said that it is essential to not pay this most important service lip service and to truly embrace it. In the first instance for the protection of the public and the second your own professional development. This is not a tax on practice, it is simply good practice.
I have had an interest in this for neigh on two decades, indeed, I co-wrote the first nationally accredited course in supervision with the appropriate professional guidelines for what should qualify a person to even undertake the qualification. However, over the years, this has been eroded. Indeed, there are practitioners with little clinical experience out there offering supervision services to newly qualified practitioners.
This is the perfect example of the blind leading the blind. Or worse, that supervision is simply an opportunity to have a coffee with a colleague where everything is discussed except the therapist’s case load. Organisations, must look beyond narrow parameters when it comes to clinical supervision and ask themselves, who do we want guiding the next generation of practitioners? If they get this question wrong, then it will not be long before we are over run with incompetent well meaning practitioners being a liability to the profession and a danger to the public.