Peter Young Counselling


Supervision is an opportunity to reflect on and learn from your social work practice.  Together we explore issues that arise at work, and examine the values, beliefs, theories and assumptions that inform your practice.  It is an opportunity to consider practice issues from a range of perspectives, and is a great opportunity to grow and learn as a social work practitioner.  In some respects your social work training begins after you graduate, but this is only the case if you develop skills in reflective practice – ideally supported by regular professional supervision.

Effective supervision is built on a relationship of safety and trust.  You need to feel comfortable to discuss not knowing, being confused, making mistakes, and being conflicted.  For that reason it is worth shopping around to find the right supervisor for you.  Someone with whom you feel safe.

In my view, supervision is best undertaken with someone other than your line manager.  It can be difficult to talk about your mistakes with the person who will later undertake your performance review, for example.   Ideally supervision should be quite separate from your management relationship, and many organisations choose to buy in external supervision for their professional staff as a result.

Supervision may be a tax deduction if you are employed in a social work role, and supervision counts as professional development for your AASW registration.

Supervision sits on a continuum between therapy or counselling at one end, and professional development at the other end. My approach to supervision is more therapeutic in nature. If you are looking for supervision that has a stronger professional development focus I can assist you to find other social work supervisors who work in that style.