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.