Models of Supervision Essay
Marker: Glen Guy
When experienced practitioners define their approach, while some align predominantly with one, many identify multiple influences and accompanying techniques. Identifying a sole supervision approach as my only influence, resembles asking a chess champion to identify their greatest, singular move. Too many contributing factors require consideration, including personality and style of involved individuals and current circumstances, to identify any single orientation.
The seven-eyed model of Hawkins and Shohet (2012) provides a comprehensive scaffold to base supervision upon. Key features and …show more content…
Maintaining professional boundaries to avoid dual-relationships, conflicts of interest and subsequent exploitation of client trust is mandatory (Nichols, 2011). Any relationship that diminishes the practitioner’s ability to remain objective, exercise good judgement and avoid bias is deemed inappropriate (Helsel, 2012). This is addressed in the organisational context (m.7), with implications for the supervisee-client (m.3) and supervisee-supervisor (m.5) relationships. Axten (2012) portrays these relationships as covenantal which implies a fundamental pursuit of respectful and trusting beneficence.
The obligation to ensure quality care has several implications. Firstly, practitioners should offer services within the boundaries of their competence (m.4 &6). If enhanced understanding of factors including cultural or socio-economic (m.7) is required, additional training or supervision should be sought (m.4 &6) or appropriate referrals made (Nichols, 2011). If professional duties are impacted by personal issues, professional assistance may facilitate resolution or termination of services maybe necessary. This model explicitly and comprehensively highlights the ethical considerations of supervision. These can all be addressed within process-oriented supervision (PS) but the definitive guide that the 7-eyed model provides is absent.