Are you wishing to carve out extra space for reflective practice?
Perhaps you are seeking additional support and strategies for navigating the difficult human aspects of your work?
Maybe you're wanting outside perspectives on tricky client cases?
Or are you hungry for in-depth discussions that help you develop your professional persona and practice?
And are you hoping to achieve this at a low cost?
Well, peer supervision might be what you are looking for.
Counselling.casa (Home Counselling) is now coordinating peer supervision groups for counsellors, therapists, psychologists and social workers, already familiar with the flow and purpose of clinical supervision.
Each peer supervision group consists of 4-6 professionals willing to meet monthly or fortnightly for 2 hours at a time, either online or in-person. As a team, you collaboratively set the direction of the discussion, and decide whether to emphasise case review, self-reflection or a combination of the two.
PACFA has this to say about Peer Supervision:
Peer supervision is a formal process where therapists contract to provide collegial critiquing and enhancement of each other’s clinical client work. Colleagues or peers work together for mutual benefit, rotating the roles of supervisor and supervisee. Peer supervision can be undertaken as a dyad or within a small group of no more than 6 members.
During the remainder of 2021 all peer supervision will be conducted by Zoom, keeping costs down and convenience up.
To register your interest, please text "PEER SUPERVISION" and your name, profession and suburb to 0417679535.
This comes directly from PACFAs website, as at 1 July 2021:
"Peer supervision will only be accepted for those Registrants who have been listed as Clinical Registrants with PACFA continuously for at least 5 years prior to the commencement of peer supervision ... Members and Registrants who are eligible to claim Peer Supervision may claim a maximum of 50% of the required 10 (or 15) hours of supervision as Peer Supervision ... "
"Currently PACFA does not specify the requirements for the training and experience of the other participants in the Peer Supervision arrangement but they would need to be counsellors or psychotherapists or therapists of a similar kind. They may be from outside PACFA and its Member Associations."
As a reminder, all PACFA members must complete a minimum of 10 eligible hours of "formal supervision linked to their practice in the previous 12 months [and] Where a practitioner has accrued over 400 client practice hours per annum, they must have undertaken 15 hours of formal supervision."
"It is strongly recommended that practitioners with a full practice seek additional hours of supervision proportional to the client practice hours they accrue."
You can register to join a group in one of several streams:
This stream of Reflective Practice is for journalists, news producers, EFT crews, researchers, or other on-screen or behind-the-scenes roles in broadcasting or mass media.
The media landscape is fast-moving and often competitive, and working in the industry is bound to present a range of social, ethical and emotional challenges. On a daily basis, you might be wrestling with the dilemmas and responsibilities that arise when you are telling other people's stories; coping with the pressure of insecure employment; struggling with imposter syndrome, fame, or the pressures of such a public-facing career... or simply noticing the price you pay to do your job well.
Facilitated peer supervision groups can allow you to reflect on the impact that you have on the world, and of course on the impact your work has on your own life - in a supportive and collegial context.
This stream of Reflective Practice is for people in powerful positions such as CEOs and directors, judges and lawyers, child-protection and law-enforcement workers, or other corporate and community leaders.
In the course of your work you are bound to wrestle with the demands of responsibility; notice discomfort around use and abuse of powers; and struggle to resolve ethical dilemmas as a daily part of your job.
Facilitated peer supervision groups can allow you to reflect on who you want to be in this role, and help you to name the values you need to embody to do your job well and use your power responsibly.
This stream of Reflective Practice is for doctors, specialists, emergency response health workers and allied health workers.
Facilitated peer supervision groups can help you to debrief difficult events, manage issues such as burnout and vicarious trauma, and reflect on how your patients' struggles impact your life, just as much as your work impacts their lives.
It might take some time to match you with group availability in your stream and location... please text "REFLECTIVE PRACTICE" and your name, profession, suburb / city to +61417679535.
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