I have been very fortunate to work with and supervise many great School Counsellors. I learn from them and they learn from me. Giving back matters and I believe seasoned School Counsellors should supervise our future School Counsellors. It helps us stay on top of our profession and allows us to be in a constant state of learning.
According to Bradley and Gould (2001) all supervision models should incororate a collaborative relationship which focuses on the indiviuality of the supervisee and one that facilitates growth and autonomy.
Some things to reflect on if you are ever in the position of supervising a student counsellor :
- Have they developed a conceptual map with each client?
- Which theoretical models are they adding to their toolbox?
- What actions should they take in varing situations?
- Are they developing the instincts and comfort level required of a beginning counsellor?
- Are they aware of professional informed consent and record management for School Counsellors?
- Are they developing a leadership role within the school?
- Are they being culturally sensitive?
- How are they collaborating with staff? How are they optimizing their role?
- Do they understand how a comprehensive counselling program plan is executed?
- Have you discussed limits to their scope of practice?
- Have you let them know they will make mistakes, misjudge situations, and lose track of sessions , but time and experience will take care of all of this.
- Have you let them know lifelong reflection is essential?
- Have you discussed dual roles, boundary issues and confidentiality?
- Have you discussed ethical issues as they arise?
- Have you modelled on a regular basis your counselling skills?
- Have you updated read about updated models of supervision?
- Are you in a constant state of professional development?
- If you are a psychologist are you constantly aware of your own code of ethics?
- Do you model and practice self- care strategies yourself?
The above are but a few thoughts to get you started. For more information on supervision and supervisory practices click here. The ATA Council of School Counsellors also offers excellent resources for a new School Counsellor.