Yet more on the theme of what I wrote about supervision in 2004 (Hay, 2004a, 2004b, 2007), in this blog I describe how I have experienced supervision formats over the years, followed by some ideas about how a supervisee can prepare for supervision so as to get the most out of it.
Supervision in Practice
Within the transactional analysis training community, supervision is typically provided by:
Supervision is probably best conducted in time limited slots of about 20 minutes or so. This ensures the supervision is focused and that the supervisee does not become overloaded with feedback. If more time is needed, it can be negotiated although often a better option will be to raise any additional issues that arise as separate pieces of supervision. The basic supervision slot may well be followed by a process review, during which the process between supervisor and supervisee is analysed (without going back into the content). This will often increase the levels of awareness of both parties, and any observers, considerably.
In addition to one-to-one working between a supervisor and supervisee, supervision can also be conducted:
Preparing for Supervision
The preparation process is as follows:
You might also find it useful to work with a checklist or summary of information about the client/participant(s) and what you are working on with them – there is a TA-based Supervision Preparation Form at https://www.juliehay.org/article-downloads.html#forms which you are welcome to download and use.
Hay, Julie (2004a) Supervision for Coaches Self & Society 32:3 Aug/Sept 34-40
Hay, Julie (2004b) Supervision Train the Trainer, 11
Hay, Julie (2007) Reflective Practice and Supervision for Coaches Maidenhead: Open University Press
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