Guidance on the Use of Supervision

In order to ensure that you make the most effective use of supervision we suggest you read the guidance included within the supervisors’ reports in this handbook. In addition, we have included below some suggested content of supervision and supervision methods and topics.


Content of supervision

  • Content of supervision will focus on the acquisition of knowledge, conceptualisation and clinical skills within a cognitive behavioural model(s), social learning and VIG model(s). 
  • Associated issues will also be discussed when it is relevant to do so e.g. case management, suitability and safeguarding.
  • Identification (and collaborative change of these if appropriate) of supervisee thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and values and the impact of these on therapeutic and professional behaviour. 
  • Discussion and working through relationship and process aspects of supervision. 


Supervision Methods and Topics

  • Discussion of therapeutic relationship and engagement issues. 
  • Case conceptualisation/formulation. 
  • Rehearsal of therapeutic techniques e.g. modelling, role-play. 
  • Discussion about therapeutic strategies. 
  • Case Presentations. 
  • Homework. 
  • Review of audio and videotapes
  • Identification of supervisee thoughts, attitudes, beliefs with exploration of the impact of these on therapeutic and professional behaviour. 
  • Review of risk and therapist/service user safety. 
  • Review of clinical guidelines/manuals. 
  • Review of psychoeducational material. 
  • Experiential exercises. 
  • Other strategies as agreed.