Mentoring and Supervision
An important part of our professional care of others is the part of caring for ourselves. The place of mentoring and supervision is invaluable in the nurture and support of professionals.
At the Beacon Clinic we have 3 fully trained Mentor Supervisors in the therapies of Acupuncture, Counselling, and Psychotherapy.
What Is Mentoring - Supervision?
Mentoring supervision can be provided in a group setting or on a one to one arrangement and gives us a chance to look at our own needs as a practitioner in a setting that is a safe, nurturing, and confidential.
It is a time when we as practitioners can consider our interaction with our patients and therefore can monitor our responses appropriately. During a session we may also explore practice problems and practicalities of being an independent practitioner.
These sessions are an opportunity to look at difficult situations and when we make changes to those situations we develop our self-esteem and confidence. Sharing our difficulties and successes is empowering and energising.
When we start to see our professional needs being met we begin to see how such an enjoyable and valuable aspect this process is.
Mentor Supervisor, and Medical Educator
Acupuncturist and Mentor Supervisor
Counsellor, and Clinical Supervisor
Typical Issues Which Frequently Occur
Roles, contracts and boundary issues
Professional and personal issues
Emotional responses to patients (eg 'difficult' patients) including the death of a patient
Building up a practice
Relationships with other practitioners and professionals
"Inside everyone of us is a garden and each practitioner has to go back to it and take care of it." - Thich Nhat Hanh