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Everything You need to Know About Clinical Supervision Agreements for Therapists

Do you provide or are you thinking about providing  clinical supervision then you will be looking at developing your GDPR compliant agreement, at pocketsite.co.uk we’ve cut out the hard work for you and developed a done for you template you can personalise – Pocket Site’s done-for-you, GDPR-ready clinical supervision agreement

What is Clinical Supervision and Why is It Important?

Clinical supervision is a requirement for every CBT therapist who is delivering therapy. It’s a reflective space where you can discuss your caseload and clinical practice with a trusted peer or colleague. You’re able to share what’s going well, or not so well, and identify where improvements can be made.

Supervision plays a key part in ensuring safe, effective practice and maintaining high standards of professional development. It’s an opportunity to hypothesise, check out and receive new perspectives about the therapy you are delivering. Ultimately, it should be an energising experience that helps you be present and feel confident in the therapy room.

Some of the topics covered in supervision include:

– Discussion of the therapeutic relationship and goals of therapy

– Case conceptualisation/formulation

– Rehearsal of therapeutic techniques

– Talk through and review therapeutic approaches and strategies

– Case presentations

– Review of video or audio recordings

– Direct observation of practice

– Identification of supervisee thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs with an exploration of the impact of these on therapeutic and professional behaviour

– Review of risk and therapist/service user safety

– Review and discussion of clinical guidelines/manuals/protocols

– Learning and professional development

Why Do I Need a Supervision Agreement?

A Clinical Supervision Agreement provides a solid foundation from which the supervision relationship can be organised and allowed to flourish. If you are offering or in receipt of clinical supervision, it’s important to have an adequate agreement in place. As well as ensuring the purpose of supervision is clear, there are practicalities to consider, especially in relation to GDPR and how data is collected, stored and disposed of.

What Should a Clinical Supervision Agreement Include?

When offering supervision, it’s a good idea to have a basic framework ready to flesh out with your supervisee. This will save you time and make the process more seamless and efficient. Here’s some of what you need to include:

– Contact details

– Confidentiality agreement

– Practicalities of supervision e.g. frequency, duration, location

– GDPR

– Responsibilities of supervisor and supervisee

– A collaborative mission statement that defines the purpose of supervision

– Outcome-focussed SMART goals depending on supervisee requirements

Supervision agreements should be reviewed annually at least. The supervisee’s goals are likely to change as their experience, skills and knowledge also expand.

Done-For-You Clinical Supervision Agreement

If you need further support, you can download Pocket Site’s done-for-you, GDPR-ready clinical supervision agreement. As well as a digital template, you’ll receive full notes and guidance to help you get started.

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Sarah is a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and mental health writer delivering Modern Mental Health for you and with you in Mind. Sarah is the author of ‘The CBT Journal’ which helps you write for your wellbeing incorporating CBT techniques. For more information and to keep in touch have a look at sarahdrees.co.uk.