This is what I do....
In my experience professionals who help others need
1) a reflective supervisory place where they can offload, and 2) strategies to help them sustain their wellbeing both professionally and personally. This is where I come in. See it as a ‘check up from the neck up’.
For organisations that want to support their staff:
Embedding resilience and wellbeing as a priority will actually save you money, reduce staff turnover, reduce staff stress and therefore impact on sickness levels. It will demonstrate that you are a business/organisation that values staff and goes beyond the 'tick-box' of addressing stress ad wellbeing at work.
For those working in roles where you help others:
The theories around the impact of working in the helping professions are well researched and well respected, but in my opinion, the world of the helping professional does not need another phrase or theory that captures this. Instead they need someone who has worked at ground level, who understands the intensity of the work and is able to select from numerous 'tools' to help you help yourself to help others.
Why do I need this?
All too often supervision for those that help others is often – work based ‘supervision’ designed to assess adherence to professional development and organisational targets. In order to sustain longevity in a helping profession, supervision needs to be a learning environment that addresses professional and personal matters that impact on practice.
How does it work?
There are a number of therapeutic theories and interventions that inform the supervisory consultancy, the aim is to provide the right balance between having somewhere to off-load with realistic, successful strategies and techniques to optimise your overall practice and wellbeing so that you can continue to offer good quality to work for those that you help in your role.
Having regular supervision support is the key. Many of my clients have monthly/six weekly appointments, as it encourages the professional to be alert to the warning signs that may mean increased stress. The regular "check up from the neck up" encourages self-awareness of the strategies that need to be in place to avoid a well-being crisis, both professionally and personally, as one affects the other. I offer bespoke packages of supervision to provide on-going regular appointments that deliver a reflective and strategy-based headspace, to maintain overall wellness of the professional.
It already works!
I already provide this service to a number of organisations. Working with individuals and organisations within private and the public sector in a number of professional helping roles. I offer both group and individual appointments at regular timeframes that are individually tailored to fit. I also offer workshops and training events that focus on addressing the combination of professional and personal stressors, and how to recognise and manage these.
I often work in partnership with fellow therapeutic colleagues...