I wanted to write about this relationship because not only have a learned a great deal from my supervisee, I also have learned how much I actually know about the field of counseling, including theories, techniques and supervision models. My model of supervision is clearly an education type. She wants to learn from me and I want to teach her, but I also want her to grow and learn by way of experience.
Our first session I began to see how much of a “sponge” my supervisee was, she had so many questions and was hanging on to every word I said and took copious notes. I said to her a lot will depend on the individual client, what works for one client may not work for all clients with that same diagnosis. She seemed to understand that. To her the DSM-IV-TR was her bible, she had difficulty diagnosing so we would go through each criteria whether the client exhibited this symptom or not. I had to stress to my supervisee that the initial diagnosis is provisional, as she gets to know the client better she may need to change her diagnosis, this seemed a difficult task to understand by my supervisee. But it was important for her to grasp this concept.
She challenged me to know techniques and treatment of specific diagnoses. We discussed the client and where they are in treatment and what may work for them at that point in treatment, I challenged my supervisee to come up with a treatment plan. Something that with practice and time she will learn to develop. We felt comfortable with the plans that were created and again I encouraged her to develop the treatment plan with the client. Have the client have investment into their own treatment.
I realized what a supervisor/supervisee relationship is like and I felt confident in what I had taught her and feel she will be able to excel as a supervisee and a PCC. I am blessed to have this opportunity and hopefully soon I will have my PCC-S. I am working with a PCC-S who is supervising my supervision of my supervisee and it is a strong relationship.
Kimberly Beck is a counselor and a doctoral candidate with a special interest in Self-injury. Other interests are PTSD, trauma, and Borderline personality disorder