Group Supervision Sessions

Objectives

  • To offer the New Zealand disability workforce opportunities, encouragement and support to be actively engaged in reflective thinking and discussions about their individual experiences in relation to methods, engagement, practices, responsibilities and wellbeing at work.
  • To support the development of self-awareness and essential soft skills relevant to their role that can be applied broadly.

Developing Specific Competencies

We wish to enable the workforce to:

  • reflect upon own and practices in general;
  • share and discuss knowledge, opinions, ideas and challenges professionally within their teams;
  • understand own values, intentions and behaviours, and how they may influence practices;
  • actively role model best practice in accordance with legislation, best practice frameworks and policies;
  • challenge old practices and/or routines for new and better ways;
  • understand the value of their own knowledge to the organisation, their teams and the people they support;
  • raise concerns about practices they are worried about;
  • apply new learning obtained from engaging in reflective practice.

Session format

(A series of 8 sessions is recommended)
  • Duration and Frequency: 2 hours - ideally fortnightly
  • Session groups: 4-6 participants

Session topic content

Our topics are all directly relevant to day to day experiences of the disability workforce. They include exploring both practical scenarios and more abstract concepts. Examples of core topics are: ‘Ethical Dilemmas’, ’Building Relationships’, ‘Managing Conflicts’, and ‘My Personal Luggage at work’. We encourage conversations with providers to identify topics that may address particular needs. A brief abstract of each professional topic will be supplied.

While the supervision sessions are facilitated by us, it is essential, that the session content is left relatively flexible, allowing it to be shaped by what is relevant for participants attending the session. Agreements will be in place with regards to information sharing and confidentiality.

Guiding principles

The essence of our supervision sessions is, that participants are not passive recipients of knowledge or information being passed on to them. Instead, they are the main contributors of knowledge in our discussions. It is their time to identify and discuss their challenges and opportunities in their role. We are there to ask the right questions - stimulating them in processes of gaining self-insight and developing confidence, communication, problem solving and other relevant soft skills via reflection and discussion.