SUPERVISION FOR PRACTICING COUNSELORS
All counselors need supervision to help them resolve their own issues and to avoid burnout in what is an emotionally draining occupation.
Burnout is a syndrome which occurs due to prolonged emotional strain of dealing extensively with other human beings, particularly in helper and recipient relationships.
“…professional competence is not attained once and for all. Being a competent professional demands not only continuing education but also a willingness to obtain periodic supervision when faced with ethical or clinical dilemmas”. (Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2007, p.360)
The supportive function of supervision gives the supervisee a forum to look at their own issues in terms of how counselling relationships are affecting them: It also offers support for the counsellor who struggles with finding their own style and exploring various ways of working.
TYPES OF SUPERVISION OFFERED
- Individual Supervision
- Group Supervision
Group therapy is a form of therapy where one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together. Group therapy, like individual therapy, is intended to help people who would like to improve their ability to cope with difficulties and problems in their lives.
Groups provide support. Hearing from others with similar issues helps you see that you’re not alone in having challenges, whether you’re grappling with panic attacks, depression, or another mental health issue, Johnson says. Many people experience a sense of relief.
Benefits of Group Therapy
- A safe, supportive setting to discuss difficult emotions and experiences
- Less isolation and loneliness when surrounded by others with similar struggles
- Interactions with others quickly brings issues to the surface, allowing them to be resolved under the guidance of a therapist
- Improves self-awareness and motivation to change
- Feedback from peers can be highly influential
- Improves interpersonal and communication skills
- Builds trust and self-esteem
- Ideal setting to practice new skills and behaviors
Group therapy is used to treat a wide range of disorders, including:
- Relationship problems
- Communication and social skill deficits
- Emotional trauma