Theoretical Foundation of Seven Eyed Model of Supervision
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It was believed that because the “master” was quite good at the work, he or she would be equally good at teaching/supervising. In fact, this is not the case. Today, we realize that, though clinical supervision and counseling have much in common (e.g., the ability to engage in an interpersonal relationship), the two tasks also utilize separate and distinct skills.
To help you get perspective on a therapeutic relationship, it can be useful to consider of the relationship creatively using metaphor, or by taking a perspective view of it. You have the luxury of experiencing yourself from the inside. You know yourself better than anyone else, you are the expert on you. Your “process” is the sum of your moment-by-moment thoughts, emotions, sensations and behaviour (e.g. your body language) in response to your client. If you can gain awareness of your process, you may discover an invaluable stream of “data” that provides an opportunity to learn much about the client, yourself and the relationship between you that was previously unknown to you. For example, you can use awareness of your process to discover what within you may be hampering the therapy.
For example, during the beginning/ novice stage, supervisees are expected to have limited skills and lack confidence. Supervisees during the middle stage acquired more skills and confidence but have conflicting feelings about how they perceive their independence/dependence on their supervisor. At the expert end of supervisees’ developmental stage, they use good problem-solving skills and reflect on their counselling and supervision processes well (Haynes, Corey & Moulton, 2003). The Lifespan Developmental Models work with principles that therapists develop across their lifespan instead of just in their first few years of their professional life.
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