What to bring to supervision

In preparation: Have your notebook beside you. Relax, take some deep breaths and allow yourself to concentrate on your breathing for a minute or two. Then let your mind drift back over your work with others in the last week or two.

Some of these questions may help to reflect on your work and your feelings about it.

Now jot down a list of what has surfaced for you as a result of this reflection.

Think about what you want to learn and how you might present your material, and yourself, in supervision. This may not be what you talk about when you get to supervision, other priorities may arise, but you will have given yourself and your areas of work an 'airing'.

  1. Our preparation for supervision can be a valuable form of self-supervision, reviewing our work and identifying what we really want to explore, to help ourselves and therefore those with whom we work as a result.
  2. Thoughtful self-preparation enables focused presentation of our concerns in supervision, and therefore better use of time, maximising the opportunity for our development.
  3. Clarifying the outcome from the supervision session focuses and reinforces the learning to be internalised and applied.

All this contributes to the formation of our internal supervisor.