"Supervision is an opportunity to bring someone back to their own mind, to show them how good they can be"
- Nancy Kline
RAZWANA Jabbin, MSc, UKCP, MBACP
As a qualified supervisor I have worked with various organisations work both as an individual and group clinical supervisor for a variety of organisations including CPF, NPL, and the Metanoia Institute. Alongside this work I also specialise in the field of Forensic Psychotherapy and work as Clinical Director for a forensic organisation within the private sector.
Through my years of working as a visiting lecturer, counselling tutor, course coordinator and external examiner, and with once having been a student myself, I understand that training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist can be challenging. I also understand that it can feel a bit like a juggling act, with having to think about assignments, placements, therapy hours, client hours, supervision, whilst carrying on with your day job.
However, I also know that this is a field many people enjoy pursuing and it is a real opportunity for self-development. Undergoing supervision in itself is not an easy task either, I am fully aware that supervisees have fears of being judged by their supervisor or struggling for independence to find their own style, as well as the many other dynamics that go on between supervisee and supervisor.
Although I can't guarantee none of these will take place in supervision with me, I can guarantee, however, that my supervision practice is committed to being able to create an environment in which all of this can take place but also be processed too -because it is all a part of the work.
Also worth pointing out is the fact that, not only do I supervise trainees, but I also work with fully trained and accredited counsellors or psychotherapists, who often approach me for supervision due to the areas I specialise in. These are listed below.
Organisational Supervision: Organisational supervision refers to supervising those who have taken up a counselling or psychotherapy placement or are working within an organisational setting, as oppose to a private setting. Sometimes such placements have never had a counselling service before and sometimes the counselling or psychotherapy services run alongside, for example, a rehab, school, hospital, or G.P service.Having worked and set up counselling services within a number of large organisations I can appreciate the complexity that can come with working as a counsellor or psychotherapist within an organisation. However, it is also an opportunity to learn and develop your own thoughts about what it means to work psychotherapeutically within organisations.
Ethical Conflicts: Counsellors and psychotherapists are constantly working with vulnerable people and sensitive information, that is why it is my belief that anyone who is practising counselling or psychotherapy needs to adhere to the UKCP/ BACP ethical guidelines. However, if you come across a situation which is complex and you are not sure what to do and you feel anxious about being judged, come and see me.
I take pride in having worked with some really complex cases and I understand there can be a lot of pressure to comply with rules that have been set down, but that is different from thinking about how to comply ethically.
Together, we can think through the complexities, but the most important thing is helping you to come to a resolution with your situation that allows you to learn and grow as a practitioner.
Forensic Psychotherapy: As mentioned above I also specialise in forensic psychotherapy and supervise individual and groups who are involved in working with offenders and ex-offenders. If this is an area you would like supervision support in please feel free to get in touch.