Supervision and Clinical Excellence
In this 24-hour training, qualified supervisors will discuss, reflect, and learn how to supervise psychotherapists via systematic integration, feedback, and deliberate practice through an experiential skills-based model of supervision. Supervision and Clinical Excellence parallels the common factors in psychotherapy, blending multiple evidence-based therapy methods with a strong focus on interpersonal and relational skills including attunement, empathy, and responsiveness (Anderson, Ogles, Patterson, Lambert, & Vermeersch, 2009; Boswell & Castonguay, 2007; Hatcher, 2015; Norcross, 2011).
Multiple transdiagnostic themes will be discussed including the client-supervisee-supervisor relationship, needs, preferences, core training, reactance level, ethical and legal issues through the development of “competent communities” (Johnson et al., 2012) via collaborative inquiry, reflection and skills training.
This training is grounded in evidence-based relationships, empirical evidence of what works in psychotherapy and for whom? We will explore the interrelationship between supervision process and outcome, and therapy process and outcome. Supervision in this approach is based on the same fundamental principles as psychotherapy, with a focus on developing the supervisory relationship and on specific supervisory tasks. We will address issues common to all supervisory relationships such as ambiguity about roles, misunderstandings related to cultural background and gender, skill deficits, counter-transference, legal, ethical issues and why almost one third of clients prematurely terminate counselling after the first session.
Experiential role plays, deliberate practice via rehearsal, bilateral feedback brings this supervision format “to life” as a crucible to enhance personal and professional growth.
Supervision and Clinical Excellence is developed for experienced, post-graduate, clinical supervisors who are interested in reflecting and learning about the advantages and disadvantages of different models of supervision. Over the eight month training you will learn about supervisory processes and determine the model of supervision that best suits you to facilitate competent clinical supervision.
Gerry Cunningham came to study psychotherapy at postgraduate level (Dublin City University) from an academic background firmly rooted in the humanities (MA in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy). He has been extensively trained in Mindfulness-based approaches and cognitive behavioural therapy (PG Diploma in CBT, University of Oxford, Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford). Gerry is a qualified clinical supervisor and child and adolescent psychotherapist M. Ed. in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Cambridge.
Gerry has a private practice at The Mindfulness Clinic and provides specialised treatment approaches for Borderline Personality, Bi-Polar I and is particularly skilled at working through complex presentations. His approach to supervision is cutting-edge and creative with a central focus on the therapeutic relationship, client outcome, and collaborative communities. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Oxford and training at The International Centre for Clinical Excellence.
Monday mornings from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Mindfulness Clinic, Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Mondays,
2019 – 23 September, 21 October, 18 November, 16 December.
2020 – 20 January, 17 February, 9 March, 6 April.
Prerequisite: Participants on this course are required to be accredited supervisors with a recognised accreditation body in Ireland.
Cost: €395 including certificate, notes and therapeutic flashcards.