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Malene Vestergaard on June 12, 2009 at 11:29am
No I didn't. I was still in UK when Jane was here in Denmark. I enjoy very much being a supervisee, and the learning opportunities and development I experience when seeing my supervisor.
Hope you are well...
Mike Andrews on May 11, 2009 at 12:41pm
Thank you so much for your thoughts on supervision, I agree wholeheartedly with you. Did you do some training with my good friend and colleague Jane Wood when she came to Denmark?
Malene Vestergaard on May 10, 2009 at 6:04am
The primary purpose of supervision is to protect the patient (Hawkins 2007) and encourage the therapeutic use of self (Wosket 1999) by developing the internal supervisor (Casement 1985). Supervision is a pause to reflect on those cases which provoke difficult responses within us as without reflection there will be no new knowledge about clinical practice (Ryan 2002). T
Personally I think it is important to recognise that supervision in homeopathy should entail so much more than 'just' help with cases. There are several functions of supervision:
The formative function being one of education and the development of skills. Helping health care practitioners to problem-solve, share knowledge and develop "best practice"
The restorative function providing supportive help for professionals who are working constantly under stress and distress through debriefing, mutual support and feedback on practice
The normative function providing the managerial and quality control aspects of professional practice. (Proctor & Inskipp)
There is no empirical evidence to support the implication that expertise as a clinician imply expertise a s a supervisor (Sweeney, Webley, Treacher 2001).
I use a supervisor who is not a homeopath which helps in getting a new perspective on stuck 'homeopathic issues', and focus is much more on case management, patient-practitioner relationship, my ability to be empathic and create the right healing space etc. Personally I regard those qualities imperative to perceive a case correctly. Finding a remedy is the result of this process and if the process is correct the remedy ought to be too...
And is the aim of homeopathic casetaking not to understand the other person on a deep level – facilitated via empathy. And when one walks into another persons territory it is important to remain true to oneself, hence supervision on all levels and functions is a help to the homeopath and the obvious the patient.
Structural elements of practice such as patient-practitioner relationship raises questions of compentence, adaptation, expectations (conscious, realistic) and processes (Ryan 2002). Issues of projection, transference, counter-transference, appropriate boundaries etc. are met with and dealt with in supervision.
I can strongly recommend that supervision in homeopathy is understood to be more than 'just' help with case analysis. Because we are dealing with human beings so many aspects of our practice needs to be addressed.
Anyway- thanks to Mike for setting up this group. I look forward to the many learning opportunities in here and wish you a splendid Sunday...
Hawkins P. (2007) Supervision in the helping profession. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Ryan S. (2002) What’s in the Case? Supervising homeopathic Practice. The Homeopath No.85, pp.8-12.
Wosket V. (1999) Therapeutic Use of Self. Counselling Practice, Research and Supervision. London: Routledge.
Casement P. (1990) On learning from the patient. London: Routledge
Debby Bruck April 22, 2009 at 7:27pm
Hi Mike. This is a fantastic idea. Boy have I got some difficult cases! In the meantime, can you tell me how you were able to get an IMAGE posted for your Twitter Group? I have not been able to figure that out. THANKS