All NLP practitioners offering therapy are required to work under supervision. Supervision is a private and formal collaborative process which serves to monitor, develop, and support you the therapists in your practice. Primarily, its main aim is to ensure that you are addressing the needs of the client. As a student therapist, supervision also can channel your attention to the required areas of application and provide additional practical support during your developmental period.
We see the supervisor as an essential colleague in the development and growth of our learners. Accordingly we seek to operate collaboratively with those supervisors connected with our learners, so that our collective support can provide strength and focused energy.
Role of the Supervisor
Supervision is concerned with:
- enhancing the effectiveness of relationship between yourself and your clients
- assisting you to develop your skills, knowledge and professional values
- monitoring and supporting you in your role
- enabling the development of your professional identity through reflection on your work
- clarifying the relationship between yourself, your client, your supervisor, and any external the organisations involved
- ensuring that ethical standards are maintained throughout the therapeutic work
- protecting clients from possible poor practice you may incur so ensuring effective, ethical andsafe service to the public
- verifying the provision evidence in support of your Competence completion
- ensuring standards of practice in the field on behalf of NLPtCA.
In addition, your supervisor is an active contributor of your learning pathway and as such is part of our three-way collaboration to ensure your success.
- Face to Face: This involves a single supervisor providing supervision for one other therapist. This is still the most widely used method of supervision.
- Group: The most frequent form of group supervision is where the supervisor acts as the leader, and takes responsibility for apportioning the time between the supervisees, and then concentrating on the work of the individuals in turn. This can be particularly effective for increasing exposure to a range of client issues, and ways of responding to them.
- Telephone: Supervision can be conducted over the phone or via Skype, but this is not desirable for trainee therapists, except in exceptional circumstances – for example geographical difficulties. In such cases only 20% of supervision hours can be conducted this way.
- Peer: This takes place when three or more therapists, usually broadly of equal status, share the responsibility for providing each otherʼs supervision within a group context. This form of supervision for a trainee therapist is suitable for tertiary supervision.
Types of Supervision
In line with standards set nationally and European wide, would-be NLPtCA therapists are required to undertake a range of supervision practice. You will see in the section of Certificates, that each level of qualification requires a minimum to maximum number of hours of each type.
- Primary Supervision: This primarily involves Face to Face or Group Supervision, and under certain circumstances, telephone/skype supervision. It is possible that all supervision is of this nature. With Group Supervision, you count the first hour, and then divide the remaining time between the number of supervisees present.
- Secondary Supervision: This involves working alongside an experienced NLPt Supervisor, Trainer or other psychotherapist, where discussion of practice is involved, supervision demonstrations, role plays, specialist supervision activities. It can also include the balance of hours involved in group supervision.
Selecting a Supervisor
Here are some pointers to think about.
- Ideally, you select an NLPt Supervisor who is well versed in the requirements of NLPtCA, therapeutic modelling and the competences of each of the certifications. You may need to be responsible for briefing them fully regarding the nature of your training and the requirements of the qualifications. In addition, it is desirable that this supervisor is qualified in supervision practice.
- If you have difficulty locating an NLPt Supervisor near you, in the early stages of your development it is acceptable to choose one who has gained recognised qualifications in supervision from another body, and who is at least qualified to NLP Master Practitioner level.
- If you are choosing to pursue qualifications, then you need to be working with a supervisor who is listed on NLPtCa’s Register of Approved Supervisors.
- If there is a group of you in one geographical area, one cost effective suggestion is to invite a supervisor to your location for group supervision.
- You have to make sure that your supervisor is independent of your own circumstances – for example not a business partner or spouse, and does not take any other part in your development process – for example is not your therapist or trainer.
How to get the most out of Supervision
Supervision consumes a significant amount of your time and money, and at the same time can be one of the most valuable resources to support your development. To make the most out of it you are strongly advised to:
- decide what you want from your session. It may be just to go through your client cases. You may want to explore a particular issue, or concern you have. You may want feedback on your practice, or ways of stretching your performance.
- arrive with evidence that you have implemented the points raised in your previous supervision session.
- be open to the feedback you receive and ask questions to clarify and expand ideas
- take notes to refer back to later on
- maintain focus on your outcomes, whilst being open to the direction your supervisor is pursuing
- bring relevant case notes and your Reflective Log, mindful of confidentiality, to support discussions.
- provide information for your Annual Development Record, whether or not you are pursuing a qualification.
- take responsibility for your progress and the requirements within the accreditation process, providing your supervisor with the evidence you want to be considered for assessment, and ensuring that you present the necessary paperwork.
- maintain your Clinical Practice Log and Supervision Summary (see provided electronic templates).
NLPtCA Accreditation Requirements – Supervision Hours
In total, 150 supervised client hours are required, combining 75 primary supervision hours which can be face to face, in a small group or in exceptional circumstances over the phone, and 75 secondary supervision hours involving peer activities, demonstrations and role plays.