Here is what Jane Debois, Head of Professional Standards at the British Acupuncture Council says about supervision:
"Supervision helps the practitioner to consider their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour and general approach to their practice, as well as assisting the development. But at the core of supervision is nurturing the practitioner personally and supporting their wellbeing. I had the pleasure of attending a supervision group early this summer; I felt welcomed and honoured that the group allowed me to be present whilst they shared, reflected and discussed their thoughts and feelings. This experience further highlighted the significance of supervision and its potential benefits to BAcC members"
Most acupuncture practitioners in the UK work alone, which can be isolating as well as liberating. In my experience, supervision/mentoring is a significant contributor to becoming a resilient practitioner with a sustainable practice. Supervision is a safe non-judgemental setting in which to talk about your work and your relationship to it, asking for the support you need to keep your practice developing in the ways that you choose. We aim to co-create a relaxed, warm and confidential environment in which openness, honesty and respectful challenge can flourish. I am part of a network of practitioners who have trained in mentoring/supervision for acupuncturists with Isobel Cosgrove and Sally Blades and am on the BAcC register of mentor/supervisors. I benefit from ongoing supervision for my own practices and value the feeling of connection and resilience that it brings, enabling me to fully engage and feel excited by my work, and I believe that all good practitioners need to be well resourced and supported. I am constantly in search of enjoyable activities that support health for the body, mind and spirit. Qi Gong, Pilates, swimming, walking, yoga, meditation, singing, drawing and painting ... the list is endless. After two years of learning Mandarin Chinese I have realised that I will never be able to read classic works by some of the famous Chinese medicine practitioners in the original, but it was fun trying!
Individual or group supervision?
Individual sessions can be useful if you want more time to look at practice issues than is possible in a group. Sessions are in Walthamstow and times are flexible. An individual session lasts an hour and costs £50.
Group supervision sessions are in Walthamstow on Tuesday mornings for 2 hours, once a month except in January and August. The charge is £30, payable in terms. This group is currently full. However, there is the possibility of starting a new group if a minimum of 4 people are interested in coming together to form a group.
Find out more
If you are interested in supervision and want to find out if I could be the right supervisor for you, please contact me. We can then arrange a 1 to 1 session where you can bring issues from your practice and where we will discuss your experience and expectations of supervision and decide whether 1 to 1 or group supervision would be right for you.