Supervision has developed a broad range of activities and application over the past ten years, and grew as a respected professional area, with a framework and theory of its own.
It is often defined as a professional activity where practitioners are enabled and guided by another person (as in individual supervision) or a group of persons (as in group supervision) to reflect on their work practice, gain knowledge through experience and make it more competent and accountable. Other activities, lacking a clear focus on work processes and involving other aspects of the psycho-social life of individuals, come closer to counseling or psychotherapy, and should not be defined as supervision.
Supervision is based on the empirically confirmed understanding that refiection on work practice in a professional setting, opening up space to develop relationships of trust and transparency, leads to a meaningful and creative process of learning and competent performance at work. In a nutshell, supervision opens up opportunities to:
- take a closer look at established work practices and protect the best interests of clients, partners or collaborators;
- highlight problematic areas and reflect on them;
- identify work-related strengths and weaknesses;
- encourage professional development and align with best practice;
- draw attention to ethical and professional standards;
- measure the impact of work on personal lives and recognize personal response to professional activities.
In their turn, supervision experts explore, monitor, give feedback, and provide space for reflection of both conscious and unconscious processes and phenomena that affect work practices.
Nowadays supervision is used almost anywhere in the world of work: in the helping professions, by businesses, state bodies and non-governmental organizations to further steady their efforts for continuous and competent service delivery and adapt to the fast paced modern environment.
Our institute offers individual, group and team supervision for clinical and non-clinical settings.
For further details: Tsvyatko Georgiev, Supervision Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.