I am a passionate supervisor with 20 years of experience in the counselling and social work fields specialising in practice that is reflective and social justice focused. I have a particular interest and have worked with social workers who experience drug/alcohol and process addictions and work in statutory social work. I have many years experience working in the NGO sector in mental health, addictions, abuse and trauma, care and protection and SWiS.» Read more
Providing one -to -one supervision with the ultimate purpose of enhancing the quality of practice.
Together: Utilising critical reflective practice techniques, exploring how different options & actions may work, making choices and goal setting, identifying specific commitments to action.
Friendly and focused.100% confidential.
Enabling practitioners of all levels to effectively reflect upon their practice in order to enhance and grow their skill and practice. Exploring practitioner well-being and safety within their work environment and caseload. Risk management, safe practice, vicarious trauma. Working with team dynamics, management issues, leadership development.» Read more
Supervision serves many purposes for you as a social worker, the agency that employs you, the people you work with, the communities you work in and for the social work profession.
One important purpose is accountability. I am a supervisor who will make sure that you are operating safely as a social worker and that you are transparent about your work with your clients.
Another important purpose is identification, understanding what you do and why – putting the work that you are doing into a ‘big picture’ and not operating in isolation.
Reflective practice with Social Workers, Supervisors and Managers in any setting.» Read more
I am committed to creating a safe and contained supervision space, that provides an opportunity for you to critically reflect on practice, and at times consider the overlap with your personal life and experiences. The supervisory space can accommodate many issues; complex case work, professional development, team and colleague challenges, traumatic experience, personal crisis, professional goals, management and leadership, ethical questions, critical decision-making.
I have kept one foot in the practice world and another in the academic world, and I am keen to work with you on your professional and personal development goals. Working with children and families is tough work and I am interested in how we sustain high levels of practice, maintain wellbeing and have fun along the way.
I have been influenced by narrative therapy, strengths based practice, psychodynamic approaches and critical reflection. Core values for me are kindness, honesty and respect.
I am passionate about the empowering impact of effective social work practice at all levels, from the micro-skills of counselling and therapeutic intervention through to the macro-levels of policy. I am interested in the relationship between these different levels of practice and find that I am skilled at identifying the relationships between individuals, groups, contexts, systems and culture and the influence these have on each other. I have an appreciative inquiry approach to my supervision practice, looking at what is working well and building on that, as well as helping people to identify where they would like additional supports or could benefit from making stronger connections to theories, resources or networks. Navigating personal and professional identity as well as supporting safe and effective practice would be a focus of our time together.
I may have some low-cost vacancies for those working in the voluntary sector or on very low wages in the community sector. Please enquire.
Seeking what the implications are and how this impacts on the supervisee. I am also interested on how this can be explored through analyzing the issue, from a professional perspective.
I want the supervisee to feel safe and can rely on the supervisor to support them in their decision making. There needs to be room for the supervisee to articulate and identify the issue using a reflective model of practice to implement a plan for the client
I am passionate about supporting and encouraging social workers to be as effective as they can possibly be. Over 20 years experience has given me some insights into the importance of a work/life balance, of working through the dilemma of wanting to be actively involved in social change yet weighted down with caseload or management issues. I have personal experience and knowledge in the family violence sector, family/whanau relationships, youth/child behavioural issues and using strength based practice while working with challenges such as how to utilise ‘use of self’ and engaging in ‘courageous conversations’.» Read more
I work with supervisees in linking theory to practice, working through ethical dilemmas, managing work/life balance, career progression and employment issues.
I’m interested in working with managers and frontline staff, particularly in the field of family violence, programme development, CBT and trauma based approaches.