The term clinical supervision may be somewhat ambiguous to someone who is unfamiliar with the term. What it simply means however is that a professional employee receives supervision from someone more experienced in his field to provide guidance and support. What can you expect from clinical supervision? The following article will further elaborate on what can be expected from clinical supervision.
Who receives clinical supervision?
This form of supervision though may from time to time be applied to other fields is mostly used in the field of medicine. The people who are most likely to receive clinical supervision are medical doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and other health professionals on preceptorship.
Who provides clinical supervision?
Clinical supervision is provided by senior professionals in the field who have the necessary training, experience and qualification to provide supervision. It is quite likely that they will have a many years of experience to use as they offer guidance and support to colleagues on preceptorship. For example, a new psychologist will benefit from the clinical supervision of a senior psychologist.
What is the purpose of clinical supervision?
Clinical supervision is meant to provide structured guidance and support for new members of a particular profession, particularly the field of medicine. The supervisee undergoes a period of supervision in which he or she may receive several sessions of counselling. This counselling usually entails the supervisee relating what he or she is encountering on the job and how they are dealing with those situations. This is meant to create a safe space or an outlet for the emotions, concerns, fears and other issues the supervisee faces. This, it is thought, will help them better deal with the stresses of their jobs and be better able to carry out their functions i.e. care for their own patients.
What to expect from clinical supervision
People receiving clinical supervision can expect to have the opportunity to reflect on their work and life and to explore issue which they find challenging in both their jobs and their personal life. Clinical supervision will also provide an avenue to get another perspective on issues you are facing as well as support in managing and analysing difficult issues which may arise at work or other aspects of your life. This form of supervision will also provide a supportive environment in which individuals will be challenged to continue to grow and develop in their professional and personal life as well as to establish creative ways to approach their work and deal with the challenges they face.