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SUPERVISION

SUPERVISION FOR HYPNOTHERAPY SOCIETY MEMBERS

Deborah Marshall-Warren is able to provide supervision within the terms of the Hypnotherapy Society's guidelines. For bookings or enquires, please contact Deborah on: London 020-7838 0765. The following details are provided by the Hypnotherapy Society. You may also like to visit the Society's web site, www.hypnotherapysociety.com.


SUPERVISION IN HYPNOTHERAPY


Issued by the Hypnotherapy Society, May 2003 ADVICE TO HYPNOTHERAPISTS

Supervision is considered to be vital to the practice of professional hypnotherapy. In the early years, it is often the only way in which a therapist can find help in emergencies or with clients whose presenting issues are difficult. It is also the way in which a therapist can be seen, by a more experienced person working in the same field, to be growing and maturing. Supervision is a valuable 'checking in' procedure, helping therapists to stay grounded and centred, maintain professional and personal boundaries, avoid 'burnout', and thus provide safe, ethical and competent hypnotherapy for all clients.

Society policy on supervision is straightforward. Supervision is not compulsory, but the price of not maintaining an appropriate supervision arrangement is that you will not advance beyond Licentiate Member (LHS) -- the lowest level of professional membership.

The Hypnotherapy Society acknowledges two kinds of supervision arrangement: formal and informal. It considers that all hypnotherapists of fewer than five years experience or who are below the grade of Accredited Member -- MHS (Acc) -- must maintain a formal supervision arrangement. Hypnotherapists who have more than five years experience and who are of the grade of MHS (Acc) or above, are entitled to maintain an informal supervision arrangement. But this is still subject to guidelines. (Accredited Members who wish to apply for Fellowship in the future should still maintain a formal arrangement.)

To be a formal arrangement, the following criteria must be met:

  1. There is a written contract between the supervisor and the supervisee which sets out costs, timing, ethics, and expectations of the arrangement.
  2. The supervision occurs at regular set times throughout the year; said times to adhere to HS guidelines as to number of hours required (see below).
  3. The modality and method of supervision (see below) are appropriate to teh grade of member being supervised.
  4. Confidentiality of clients is maintained within the arrangement.
  5. The Supervisor is properly qualified. For the sake of ease, the Society will ONLY automatically accept supervisors who hold the qualification of Accredited Supervisor (SHS Acc) with teh Society throughout the period of supervision. Members who use supervisors without this qualification should be aware that they risk delaying their membership upgrades if their supervisor does not hold this qualification. In all cases of doubt, contact the Society.
  6. The Supervisor must provide a yearly written report on the progress of the supervisee. Said report must follow society guidelines. The Supervisor will maintain an accurate log of the time spent in supervision. The Supervisor will maintain an accurate log of the time spent in supervision. The Supervisor is professionally insured as a practitioner and agrees to abide by the Society Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedure.

An informal arrangement is onr which does not meet all the above criteria. For example, an occasional chat with a friend who is also a therapist does not count as formal supervision -- even if that friend is a very experienced therapist, your trainer, etc.

To count for upgrades or maintenance of membership, even an informal relationship will require a written report by the supervisor.

SUPERVISION MODALITIES

A supervision modality describes the relationship dynamic between supervisor and supervisee.

Differential Supervision Differential Supervision occurs when there is:

  1. an appropriate gap of experience and HS Membership Grade between supervisor and supervisee, i.e. that the supervisor is significantly more experienced and qualified than the supervisee.
  2. no social or business relationship exists between the supervisor and supervisee (e.g. a friendship, in practice together, teaching for the same training school, etc.) However, the supervisee may be a trainee or former trainee of the supervisor.

The Society considers that ONLY Differential Supervision is the appropriate modality for the following grades:

  • Affiliate
  • Associate (LHS)
  • Registered Member (MHS)
Peer Supervision

Peer supervision occurs when there is:

  1. no essential gap in experience of membership grade between supervisor and supervisee, or that there is a gap but it does not feature wuthin the supervision dynamic,
  2. that the supervisor and supervisee recognise each other as peers and that, therefore, the supervision is mutual and reciprocal, each taking on both roles.
  3. a social or business relationship may exist between supervisor and supervisee engaged in peer supervision.

The Society considers that Peer Supervision is appropriate for the following grades (although said grades may utilise Differential Supervision):

  • Accredited Member (MHS Acc)
  • Fellow (FHS)
  • Emeritus Fellow (EmFHS)

METHOD OF SUPERVISION

The Scoiety acknowledges the following methods of supervision: Face to Face The supervisor and supervisee meet together.

The following grades of supervisee may use this method:

  • ALL GRADES

Email or Post The supervision utilises email or post but does not have real-time conversation.

The following grades of supervisee may usse this method:

  • Fellow
  • Emeritus Fellow

NB Many supervision arrangements will, of course, utilise email or post to facilitate the supervision. However, generally these methods should be used for additional backup to the supervisory relationship; they cannot take the place of real-time interaction. Accordingly, email or postal interaction will not count towards standard supervisory hours.

HOURS REQUIRED / CLASS NUMBERS

Ten supervised sessions a year is considered by the Society appropriate for full-time practice of fewer than thirty client sessions a week; twelve supervision sessions a year for thirty-to-forty client sessions per week; and fifteen sessions a year for forty client sessions and above on average.

Members in part-time practice may decide to have only five sessions per year; accordingly, they will advance in membership at 'half speed' (e.g. four years from LHS to MHS).

There should be a set, agreed number of sessions for supervision. Each session should aim to last for one hour.

There should be a provision for emergency advice or consultation with the Supervisor over and above teh agreed number of sessions.

Small groups are acceptable, but supervision session time should increase accordingly. Two supervisees = 1.5 hours; three-to-six supervisees = 2 hours; seven-to-eight supervisees = 2.5 hours per session.

Supervision of groups by any other methid than face-to-face is not allowed.

The Society considers groups of nine or more to be inappropriate for supervision.

PAYMENT Payment is a matter for individual supervisors and supervisees. A general guide is that a supervisor is paid the equivalent of their hourly client rate per supervision session, plus a small fee for writing up the yearly report. However, many supervisors operate different models and payment schemes.

A written contract between supervisor and supervisee if money is involved is highly recommended, as well as being a condition of the arrangement's being a formal arrangement.

Another general comment is that there is often a slight reduction for group supervision.

QUALIFICATION TO BE AN ACCREDITED SUPERVISOR

A full set of requirements will be made available in September 2003. Before then, SHS (Acc) will be awarded on an individual assessment basis to Accredited Members or above.

QUICK CHECK LIST: SUPERVISION REQUIREMENTS BY GRADE

Use this guide to check whether your supervision arrangement conforms to Society guidelines by cross-checking with your membership grade.

Supervisee

Affiliate, Associate, Licentiate, Member

  • There is a written agreement.
  • There is a timetable for the year.
  • The Supervisor is an SHS (Acc).
  • if not an SHS (Acc), the Society has approved the supervisor (a fee will be charged).
  • The Supervisor will maintain a log of time spent in supervision.
  • The Supervisor will write a yearly report.
  • The Supervisor is more qualified and experienced than you.
  • You do not have a social or business relationship with your Supervisor.
  • Your supervision is face-to-face or by phone or similar (not email or post).
  • You have understood how many sessions the Society requires.
  • You have understood how long each session needs to be (depending on size of group).
  • Your supervision group does not exceed eight members.

MHS (Acc) who wish to become Fellows:

  • There is a written agreement.
  • There is a timetable for the year.
  • The Supervisor is an SHS (Acc)
  • If not an SHS (Acc), the Society has approved the supervisor (a fee will be charged).
  • The Supervisor will maintain a log of time spent in supervision.
  • The Supervisor will write a yearly report.
  • Your supervision is face-to-face or by telephone or similar (not email or post).
  • You have understood how many sessions the Society requires.
  • You have understood how long each session needs to be (depending on size of group).
  • Your supervision group does not exceed eight members.

MHS (Acc) who do not wish to progress to Fellowship:

  • The Supervisor is not an SHS (Acc).
  • If not an SHS (Acc), the Society has approved the Supervisor (a fee will be charged).
  • The Supervisor will write a yearly report.
  • Your supervision is face-to-face or by telephone or similar (not email or post).
  • Your supervision group does not exceed eight members.

Fellows and Emeritus Fellows

  • The supervisor will write a report every two years (for Fellows only)
  • Your supervision may be face-to-face, telephone, email, or post.

Fellows joined prior to 2001 are exempt from these requirements. © 2003, Hypnotherapy Society









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