Guidelines for Supervision Groups

 1. A supervision group will consist of 3 to 5 practitioners and a supervisor. 2. Where only one group is being brought to supervision of supervision, the group will meet a minimum of fortnightly. 3. The student’s supervision group will meet for the duration of the course. Where a group has not started by the beginning of the course or within the first month, it may be necessary to extend the student’s supervision of supervision experience beyond the end of the course at the student’s expense. 4. The clinical material being brought to supervision of supervision needs to have a focus in gaining insight into the patient(s) relationships in order to enhance the therapeutic work, as well as it being restorative for the supervisees. 5. The work supervisees bring to the supervision group can be either group work or dyadic (1 to 1) work, both are suitable. Students with firm ideas for a supervision group, broadly conforming to the above guidelines and in place around the start of the course, are best placed to derive maximum benefit from the course.

Margaret Smith & Margaret Gallop, Course Directors

Reference: Behr, H., & Hearst, L. (2008). Chapter 20. The supervision of group therapy. In Group-analytic psychotherapy: A meeting of minds. John Wiley & Sons.