Daphne (Daf) Hewson is a Sydney psychologist who is committed to reflective supervision as the key to maintaining professional standards and sustaining health professionals in the demands of their coal-face work. She has a background as an academic (training clinical and counselling psychologists and Indigenous Health Workers) and a practitioner (specialising in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma). She teaches reflective supervision around Australia and internationally.
Michael Carroll PhD is a counselling psychologist, an accredited executive coach and a supervisor of those in the helping professions. He is Visiting Industrial Professor at the University of Bristol and teaches supervision both nationally and internationally.
Reflective supervision looks easy when done by a skilled professional, but this apparent ease is based on mastery of many specific skills. To achieve mastery, you need to understand the principles of reflective practice, learn the techniques and then incorporate them so they become a natural part of your approach. Then you can "forget" technique and become a spontaneous reflective supervisor. This toolkit provides the techniques you'll eventually forget. The tools and mini-tools introduce you to a range of approaches to reflective practice. The goal is to discard the tools as you develop your reflective responsiveness. The toolkit expands on the principles of reflective supervision provided in the companion volume Reflective Practice in Supervision.
The best teachers are not outside of us – they are inside. Collaborative reflection in supervision can transform our experiences into learning. Daphne Hewson and Michael Carroll highlight the importance of Reflective Space. They provide guidelines on creating safe Reflective Space and is written for both supervisors and practitioners – it takes two to tango.