Group Supervision for Practitioners Training (PRAC) Counselling Alumni

Clearmind offers Group Supervision for PRAC counselling graduates who are or will be practicing counselling therapists. There is a lot of movement afoot across Canada in the counselling profession and many activities are taking place at Clearmind in order to prepare our past, present and future students and grads for meeting any future requirements. Counselling Supervision is a requirement for all practicing counselling therapists and can cover anything to do with your counselling practice (i.e. client issues, marketing, self-care, etc.).

FAQ's about Group Supervision

Excerpts from Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

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Q: What can a counsellor expect in a supervisory meeting and how long will it take? A: Supervision is a unique experience, although there are ethical responsibilities that we must meet. There should be a contract in place between the supervisor and supervisee which outlines the roles and responsibilities of each. The method of supervision may vary, depending upon the supervisor. A realistic example would be a combination of individual sessions for one hour a month and perhaps a 3-hour group format session every one to two months. The length of time for each session is not mandated in the regulations. The beauty of the different formats is the richness of the experience they create. In an individual session, one can work through personal issues as well as discussing client cases. The group format is more structured with an agenda, but again, a very rich experience. For new Registered Therapeutic or Professional Counsellors this is a wonderful way to start because of the easier affordability. Individual supervision can be done in person, by phone or via Skype, depending on the supervisor.

Q: What are some of the ways/options for getting supervision? (individual, group, through work, etc.) A: Supervision is offered in a variety of settings: individual, dyadic/pairs, and group supervision. These options are all uniquely beneficial. Even if you work in settings such as mental health areas, you are already under supervision. It is still a good idea to have an outside, neutral person to speak with about issues you might face. Many supervisors also offer SKYPE or other online platform for sessions.

Q: What if you are in private practice and don't have any clients yet? Should you still get supervision? A: YES! It must be considered an integral part of your ongoing development and education as a counsellor. It is something that you need to make room for, time-wise and financially.

As a new counsellor, it is vital to be under supervision once you start to see clients, for everyone's benefit (counsellor and client). It is a great option for those who have not started seeing clients. Individual supervision is also worthwhile because the supervisor has the experience to help new counsellors get started in their practice and possibly send clients their way.

Q: Why is it essential for new Counsellors to start getting supervision? A: Firstly, it is mandatory for all registered counselling therapists as it's critical to your personal and professional development and wellbeing. Secondly, it builds skills, a network of support, confidence, critical thinking, self-awareness and many other important qualities. Check with the association you plan to join for the specifics of the annual supervision requirements i.e. ACCT requires 10 hours of supervision per each year and CPCA require you be under supervision for your first 2 years of practice.

Q: Can I use my supervision hours toward my personal development hours that are required by our governing bodies? A: Yes. You cannot use the hours twice, i.e. as both supervision and professional development, however, if you have more supervision hours than required by your association, then the additional hours may be counted as professional development hours.

 

General Information about Clearmind's Group Supervision

Admission criteria: must be a practicing counsellor registered with a counselling association or other governing body for counselling (having met registration criteria for the association or governing body), and hold current counselling liability insurance.

Learning Outcomes: Once you have completed your hours of supervision, you will have achieved or be able to do the following:

Attitudes

•   Adopt a clear set of personally defined guiding values, including a personal position of what it means to be helpful to others (professionally or otherwise)
•   Commit to a process of ongoing learning/evolution

Knowledge

•   Analyze human dilemmas (including your own) from a cohesive therapeutic context, such as the transpersonal/systemic model taught in Clearmind's Practitioners Training Program
•   Identify clear steps to address those dilemmas

Practical / Professional Skills

•   Demonstrate effective empathetic, transparent, responsible and connective communication skills with individuals and groups
•   Apply effective therapeutic interventions with individuals and groups
•   Act in accordance with the ethical and procedural boundaries of the counselling profession
•   Demonstrate safe and effective use of self in a counselling environment and with colleagues

Clearmind's Counselling Supervision

Clearmind International offers 2 streams of supervision: private supervision and group supervision. Private Supervision is handled by some of our counselling therapists who are “Registered Counselling Supervisors” (RCS designation). Please check our Alumni Counselling Directory for approved supervisors by checking for those that have RCS as a designation. Group Supervision takes place in small or medium size working groups that meet for a specified time frame. Clearmind International Institute Inc. (#3151) is designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch.

Format

• Generally, group supervison is a partially structured 10-hour program that is a based in a comprehensive, adult-learning style format. It includes theory, experiential training, live case studies, self-reflection and group-work.

• Typically, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour of each 2 hour class is spent on a specific topic, and the remaining time is spent on case studies and session supervision. The specific topics that will be explored will be determined by the group members in the first session of the group,an excellent doorway into who you are as therapists. Discussions will be less focused on the practical side (though they will touch on that as well);, instead, we will focus more on how we approach those parts of our business, and how it relates to who you are in general.

• Groups:  have a maximum of 8 participants and groups will be geared to individuals with similar counselling exprience.(ie. there will be a group for brand new counsellors - in practice less than 2 years and a group for those in practice for more than 2 years ) Number of groups will be determined by number of people interested.

• They are led by Registered Counselling Supervisors with a focus on experiential learning; participants will be required to present counselling issues they encounter in their practice via the following methods:
       o Self-Report Client Sessions: Like a case conference, the technique of 'self-report' requires you to recollect and discuss counselling sessions. This will allow you to reflect in detail your own experiences with your clients.
       o Process Notes: This technique requires you to document after a counselling session, writing notes about the processes encountered. This is not a literal account of what occurred in counselling, rather an introspective description of the experience from your perspective.
       o Audio or Visual Recordings: Recording your counseling sessions provides the most valuable source of information for supervision of all the techniques discussed.

Homework

Minimal homework will be assigned, no more than 1 hour per class.

Logistics

• Available with our Registered Certified Supervisors either online or at our Campus
• Includes 10 hours of group supervision over a 5 month period
• Online Counselling Supervision:
       o No experience with online training is necessary. We have a video tutorial that will walk you through how easy it is.
• You will need high speed internet access, and a webcam, a headset with an integrated microphone.

Sample Topics

What is Supervision?

• Why do counsellors require supervision?
• What are the parameters of supervision?
• Evaluation
• Supervision Framework
• Competency

Standards of Practice

• Survey of appropriate counselling associations

Record Keeping

• Forms
• Safe Storage
• Archiving 

Client Intake

• Assessment

SEUS (Safe and Effective Use of Self)

• Projections
• Resistance

Ethics and Legal Concerns

• Court requests for document
• Report writing

Building your Practice/ Marketing

Self-Care

• Self Assessment
• Types of self care

Professional Development

Hopefully we've addressed most of the questions that you might have in order to make a decision on whether Group Supervision is for you or not. If you have specific questions on the Clearmind Group Supervision, or you are ready to apply please email.

If you do have any more questions about the shifting therapist landscape in general, please contact your governing bodies, such as ACCT, CPCA, etc.

Schedule

The dates for 2017 are Mondays (January 30, February 27, March 27, May 1, and June 12) and there is a day time slot (2 pm-4 pm) and an evening time slot (6 pm- 8 pm).

 

PRAC Supervision Training Hours

By the time you complete all 3 years of Clearmind’s Practitioners Training program, you will have acquired a minimum of 54 hours of supervision as a virtual/online student, and 56 if you were a local student.

The hour logs for campus or online students will help you calculate exactly what practicum vs. supervision hours you have obtained through Clearmind. These forms will also tell you what you can continue to accrue if you choose to continue to volunteer your time assisting, for example.

Please note that if you do not have a copy of your hour log and require one, there is a $25 document handling fee charge for us to look that up and send to you. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require this service.