Clinical Supervision is for Certified NLP Practitioners and NLP Master Practitioners, Certified Hypnotherapists, Coaches, and Trainers.
Why do I want / need supervision?
Your training enables you to learn the techniques and their uses. It is impossible to cover every type of problem that your clients’ may present to you in depth during your training and it is important to remember that even when problems seem the same on the surface, every client is individual and because the cause(s) of the problem are likely to be different also, your choice of interventions can be significantly different. Once you take on individual cases, you begin to learn and develop your ability to carry out an effective initial consultation. With the findings of your initial consultation, you will then be ready to take supervision to ascertain the best way to plan and carry out your client sessions, and select the best techniques and /or combinations of techniques. The results you get with clients and any challenges can then be assessed in supervision.
What is supervision? What does it involve?
During the session, your supervisor will analyse the findings from your initial consultation and any sessions already held, and the choice and results of any techniques completed. Feedback is given and you may be tasked to find more information and / or use additional or alternative techniques. Your planned future sessions will then be analysed and discussed and you will receive feedback on your choices and given additional guidance. You can discuss any concerns you have and agree on any additional skills / training / guidance that is required.
You will be given a Clinical supervision form to complete for each case that you wish to have guidance on. Whilst your supervisor works to the highest levels of confidentiality, supervision is strictly confidential so you are asked to give your clients a case reference (e.g their initials and your case number such as MR1). If, even with a case reference, you believe your supervisor may know your client, you need to consider the ecology and discuss this with your supervisor before the supervision goes ahead.
How long is a supervision session?
A standard supervision session described in this information is a one hour session. Your first supervision session has an extra half an hour included which is to discuss the supervision sessions, for your supervisor to explain the process to you, and for you to ask any questions you may have.
Can I have longer supervision sessions?
Yes, once you have had your first supervision session, you will have a better idea of how it works and can therefore plan your next session. It is often advisable to have a two hour session if you have more than one case or have complicated cases to cover. You can submit your supervision forms to your supervisor in advance and ask what length session would be most appropriate / needed. Some people prefer two hour sessions to ensure they have enough time to gain all the guidance they need.
How many supervision sessions do I need?
If you are setting up a private practice, it is recommended that you have a minimum of 12 -24 supervision sessions in your first year, depending on the number of cases you are taking on. This is to give you the additional insights into individual cases and to ensure you are selecting the right techniques and getting the best results. The number of sessions also varies depending on what types of cases you are taking on and whether you need any additional training.
Can I have supervision with a fellow practitioner?
Yes. If you are in contact with any fellow practitioner from your training or other OPAL trainings, you can arrange to have group supervision for up to 6 people. As always, confidentiality is essential so you must be mindful of those in your group and whether they could ‘guess’ who your client is from the case study. If in any doubt, discuss with your supervisor first. You must agree with the other supervisees beforehand on the number of cases you will each bring to the session. Some practitioners wish to join in supervision before they have their own clients and this is acceptable as long as agreed with the group in advance. There are plenty of additional learnings from other practitioner’s case studies. It is worth considering what level you fellow supervisees are at to ensure you get the most our of your supervision.
What is peer supervision?
Once you have completed a minimum of 24 (one hour) supervision sessions, you may be eligible for peer supervision. This depends on the cases you have undertaken, your progress and your ability to be objective and constructive. Your supervisor will advise you on your suitability and what else you would need to do if you are not yet eligible. Peer supervision is when you conduct supervision sessions with your peers, without a qualified supervisor. Having learnt the process, you can benefit from this objectivity and sharing case studies. It is important to recognise the scope of peer supervision and when you may still need a qualified supervisor (for example with a client who has a situation / condition that you need extra training / guidance on).
What happens if I need more or less supervision?
Your supervision is designed to ensure you are getting the best results so, if you are committing to seeing clients, it can be a good idea to commit to a block of supervision. In this case, your sessions (and their content) can be planned in advance and then adapted depending on the cases you take on. If you are unsure how many clients you would like to take on, you can book supervision one session at a time. Often supervisees find times when they need more or less supervision depending on the number of clients they are seeing and the skills they have and / or need. Flexibility, as in the presuppositions of NLP, works well.
What happens if working with clients brings any of my own unresolved issues into my awareness?
Because perception is projection, working with clients can bring unresolved issues of your own into your awareness. It is essential that you manage your own state and focus completely on your client in their sessions and then determine afterwards (or in supervision) what action, if any, you need to take. If therapeutic interventions are required, your supervisor will advise you whether this is appropriate and within the realms of the supervision sessions or whether you need to plan these in addition to your supervision.
Clinical Supervision Fees with Michelle Rhodes
One hour sessions:
An additional half hour is added at the start of the first session and is included in the cost.
One-to-one 1 hour session £200.00 payable at each session.
Block of 5 when paid in advance £800.00 (cost saving of £200.00)
Block of 10 when paid in advance £1500.00 (cost saving of £500.00)
Two hour sessions:
(Please note with each two hour session, your first session will be a one and a half hour session with the inclusive half hour (as above), at the cost of £380.00.
One-to-one 2 hour session £380.00 payable at each session.
Block of 5 when paid in advance £1300.00 (extra cost saving of £300.00 (total saving £700.00))
Block of 10 when paid in advance £2400.00 (extra cost saving of £600.00 (total saving £1600.00))
Group supervision sessions are two hour sessions only. Prices are per person.
2 hour session £180.00 per person payable at each session.
Block of 5 when paid in advance £600.00 per person (extra cost saving of £300.00)
Block of 10 when paid in advance £1100.00 per person (extra cost saving of £700.00)
(extra cost saving means in addition to saving made from one-to-one one hour sessions)