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Universal connection with people is what is important to nurture & sustain us. It is at least as important as the tools and theories we use, or even the environments we create, those these things are obviously important. Connection comes from being genuinely open to others, from you what we focus on, and our intentions for ourselves and others. To achieve this connection, we need to pay attention to our state of being, drawing on Eckhart Tolle’s work, which highlights the importance of transcending our ego Supervision provides both supervisors and supervisee with an opportunity to ‘attend’ to our state of being. It allows us to stop and consider what’s happening on many different levels. No supervisor can expect someone being supervised to do this if they don’t also do it themselves.

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By State of Being we mean our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual state, how we relate to ourselves, to others and to our environment. These all influence what happens in supervision! Think for example, about the importance of your physical state during supervision. If either person is physically comfortable, what happens? What do you need to do to make sure you are as comfortable as possible? (This applies equally to supervision being undertaken by phone or online). How can you pay more attention during supervision? Is anyone being distracted or interrupted by the computer, phone, noise, knocks on the door etc? What emotional states might interfere with what’s happening, for yourself and a supervisee during supervision? What steps can you take to address? Intellectual – do you have adequate resources and tools to run a supervision meeting? What learning will be taking place and how? Do you or your supervisee have any spiritual beliefs or customs that need to be honored or acknowledged as part of supervision? How does the environment in which you are conducting supervision influence your interaction and relationship with others? What can you do to improve your environment for supervision?

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The quality of the supervision relationship is directly related to the quality of supervision. If relationships are poor this will undermine any tools and frameworks that you are using in supervision. This means that as a supervisor you need to focus on using your people skills to develop and nurture relationships, which takes time and energy. A common mistake in supervision is to assume that these relationships take care of themselves – they don’t!

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A useful way of thinking about the supervision relationship is as a container for the knowledge, skills and tools we use as supervisors. This reminds us to keep going back to the quality of the relationships we build, whilst at the same time attend to the ‘what’ we are doing –the knowledge, skills & tools….

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Does your organisation assist you to create relationships that reflect your own values, and the values of your profession? What are the possibilities for this relationship? What is realistic, given that you may not choose the person or people involved in supervision? What are the limitations? What can you do about them? What do you intend for supervisory relationships?

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Our expertise comes from many different areas of learning and practice, but the ability to build quality relationships comes from our meta skills. Look at each of these. What do you understand by each one? Which areas would you most like to strengthen as a supervisor?

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Research findings show that trust is THE MOST important thing in supervision. So… How do we develop and maintain trust with people? How do we create a space in supervision that allows people to talk about things that might expose them? How do we establish boundaries so that people don’t expose themselves when it isn’t safe to do so? In the absence of a trustworthy relationship what might still be possible?

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It isn’t the similarities with the people we supervise that are important, but how we connect with what we share in common. How can you make better connections with the people you supervise and what else can you do when the connection isn’t happening?

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As you progress through the course you will start to discover importance of adopting a strengths-based approach to supervision. Many of you will be familiar with strength based thinking. Often people ask “what are the strengths people have?” This slide shows just how many and how varied people’s strengths can be. You can use these areas as a way of assisting supervisees to identify their strengths and use them to work through situation and challenges. For example, if a supervisee is struggling to establish clear boundaries with a client, what other skills do they have which might assist them to do this better?

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1 supervision and state of being © Copyright Jane Wexler 2014

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2 physical intellectual emotional spiritual relationship to ourselves to other people to our environment

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3 the supervision relationship

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4 the relationship = container

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5 what kind of relationship are you creating for supervision?

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6 supervisors use meta skills emotional intelligence compassion & empathy mindfulness intuition social & cultural awareness power ethics

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our meta skills help us bring awareness of our engagement – we are in it as well as directing it 7

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8 trust

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9 connection

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11 the content of supervision is not explored by two impartial, objective observers looking at the supervisee’s work, it is in the context of the live & changing interaction of the supervisory relationship

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Summary: Jane Wexler

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