Clinical Supervision through a Systematic Lens

Supervision in a safe environment

Working as a Certified Senior Clinical Supervisor for Play and Creative Arts Therapists, Fidelma provides a safe environment for supervisees to reflect upon the content and process of their work thereby allowing them to feel free to explore feelings and responses using a variety of creative methodologies. Fidelma offers exciting and creative ways of effectively supervising Play Therapists and other IACAT Creative Therapists such as Art Therapists, Drama Therapists, Music Therapists and Dance Therapists.

How is creative supervision different?

Creative supervision links the right side of the brain with the left side by combining information and logic with fantasy, imagination and creativity. It is suitable for anyone in the helping professions who may want to explore their work in a creative way using a series of creative supervision exercises that are equally of benefit to the supervisor and supervisee in their own personal and professional development.

Fidelma uses a creative supervision model that combines the work of Moli Lahad (2000), using multi arts processes, with the theoretical world of supervision and the 7-eyed model developed by Hawkins and Shohet (2000).

A supervisee can be helped to observe a situation from a new perspective and broaden alternatives based on the assumption that metaphoric exploration opens options but does not change reality. The supervisee may become more able to devise ways of preventing something from happening and enabling the transition from a current situation to a desired one. Staying with metaphor is different from using metaphors as unconscious material to be brought into consciousness. (Lahad)

The seven eyed model of supervision is both relational and systemic in that is looks closely at what happens in the relationship with the clients and what is happening within the supervisory relationship, and considers the interplay of both within the wider systemic contexts of clients, practitioner and supervisor. (Hawking and Shohet)

Explore Creative Media using:

  • Colours, Shapes, lines
  • Stories, Films, Plays
  • Creative writing and Word Art
  • Images and guided fantasy
  • The use of Therapeutic cards
  • The use of small objects and sand tray /clay work

With the help of your supervisor you can:

  • Improve the quality of your work, transform your client relationships and continuously develop yourself, your practice and the wider profession.

Enhance your therapeutic competencies by having:

  • A regular space to reflect upon the content and process of your work
  • An opportunity to develop your understanding and skills within the work
  • Information and another perspective concerning the work
  • A place to receive both content and process feedback
  • A chance to be validated and supported both as a person and as a worker
  • An assurance that as a person and as a worker you are not left to carry unnecessary difficulties, problems and projections alone
  • A space to explore and express personal distress, transference or counter -transference that may be brought up by the work
  • An opportunity to plan and manage personal or professional resources better
  • A way to be proactive rather than reactive
  • A chance to ensure quality of work

As a Certified Senior Clinical Supervisor by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, Fidelma has in-depth knowledge of the course requirements for the Certificate in Therapeutic Play and the Diploma in Play Therapy. She is a qualified and experienced HSE Supervisor and is Certified in Sandplay by the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in Calagry, Canada. Fidelma has worked closely with the teaching staff of the MA Programme for Art Therapy in the Cork Institute of Technology by providing placement opportunities for Art Therapy students and supervising them accordingly.

A testimonial from a second year full-time MA Art Therapy student reads as follows:

When I started using these exercises with my supervisor we both noticed immediately how the supervisory process took on another dimension and deepened my understanding of the work with my clients. I found the supervision much easier than talk supervision and it gave me much more time during sessions to make observations of myself as a supervisee, as a therapist with my clients and as a student in the context of the MA programme’.

A testimonial from an Accredited Play Therapist reads as follows:

As my supervisor Fidelma is calm, supportive and understanding. She is great at holding the space in sessions and in containing process for me’.

Fidelma Twomey adheres to the standards which are set out by The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and you will find her listed on the PSA Register