Becoming a Supervisor?

The role of the clinical supervisor is incredibly complex. It is also fundamentally impactful on therapist growth and development. “Good” supervision can reduce burnout, increase self-efficacy, and enhance practitioner confidence. As a result, becoming a supervisor can be both a rewarding and daunting task. Any organization providing mental health services should consider how they might support their bourgeoning supervisors and set them up for success.

Tips in supporting the shift from therapist to supervisor:

1. Understanding the different roles and purposes of the supervisor, especially within your organizational setting – How are you managing dual roles? What are the expectations of the clinical or administrative supervisors?
2. Learn models of clinical supervision – these provide a framework to guide practice and increase confidence.
3. Know what psychological experiences to you can expect – even long-time therapists experience a sense of shock as they become supervisors. This is normal and brings us to the last point …
4. Have a solid peer support network!

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Jillian Papineau