Along with John’s many years of practical hands-on experience working with clients he has a Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision and is a fully-accredited Clinical Supervisor with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP), and the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI).
All practicing accredited therapists with these associations are required to be in regular supervision and adhere to their relevant code of practice.
Pre-accredited therapists who have completed their academic training and are now working towards building up their hours and achieving full accreditation are also required to be in regular supervision.
Supervision is a formal arrangement whereby a practitioner discusses their work regularly with someone who is an experienced practitioner and supervisor. The task is to work together to ensure and develop the efficiency of the practitioner/client relationship. (Page & Wosket, 2001)
Supervision is for the protection and benefit of the client and the therapist. It allows the therapist an opportunity to review and self-evaluate their work with someone who has a wealth of experience in working with the many issues faced by professional therapists today and discuss any difficulties or challenges they are encountering.