Advanced process skills in supervision
(Facilitated by Analise O’Donovan)
To enhance supervisors understanding about supervisee resistance, and to provide them with tools to manage this. All supervisees have some resistance to supervision, but at times this can be detrimental to effective supervision and consequently to their clients. The workshop will also aim to assist supervisors in reflecting on their own resistance (e.g. to providing constructive, timely feedback) and consider their own role in resistance being a part of the supervisory alliance.
Areas of content
- What is Resistance? Definitions, discussion on defense mechanisms, coping styles, the difference between resistance and reactance,
- Understanding supervisee resistance: What increases resistance? What decreases resistance? Understanding the role of the supervisor in supervisee resistance. Will explore range of areas including attachment issues, the role of shame, avoiding responsibility, testing behaviours,
- Signs of supervisee resistance,
- The consequences of resistance, e.g. supervisee lack of disclosure, risks to clients ….,
- The role of the supervisor, including supervisory avoidance, reflection of what types of behaviours increase risk of supervisor’s reactance,
- Best ways to address resistance, including the importance of the supervisors alliance, working with supervisee emotions, boundary issues in supervision, restorative functions of supervision, working toward genuine collaboration.
Training techniques that will be used
- Pre-readings on the topic,
- Participants will be asked to bring notes or a DVD illustrating a supervisory experience with a resistant supervisee,
- Drawing on the literature to provide a comprehensive, up to date outline of the most salient issues
- Whole group Fishbowl example to demonstrate a) the problems with resistance and b) effective ways to manage,
- Small group (2 – 3 participants) discussions to explore supervisor issues in relation to supervisee resistance, building on the case example the supervisor had prepared prior to the workshop. Participants will be provided with instructions on methods of providing useful, constructive feedback,
- Large group debriefing at the end of the workshop.
Evaluation of the resistance Master Class
There will be 2 forms of evaluation: a) evidence that the participant had prepared a supervisee case, including a self-reflection on their own resistance to share with peers; and b) a peer evaluation of participants’ engagement in discussion. Evidence of preparation can include: copies of case notes, DVD, list of issues would like to discuss. A peer feedback form will be designed in order for supervisors to evaluate a fellow participant.