Reflective Practice & Supervision

Developing a reflective capacity is an ethical imperative for supervisor and clinician alike.

Reflective practice often results in new ways of experiencing events. It necessitates a level of personal and professional awareness that allows for introspection and a deeper understanding of clinical work. Furthermore, it can often be a daunting task to support supervisees in developing this capacity!

As a supervisor, you can build and model a reflective practice by:

1. Encouraging multiple perspectives – there are many understandings of an event and learning occurs when remaining open to different perspectives.
2. Finding comfort in the ambiguous – the capacity to remain grounded in uncertainty supports growth.
3. Encouraging exploration of held values and beliefs – asking ourselves to explore our biases and how they impact the other.

Ultimately, a strong level of self-awareness is needed to practice ethically and supervisors can support the development of this capacity in their supervisees.

To forever learning.

Jillian Papineau