Clinical Supervision  

Clinical Supervision at Essential Life Change is supported in its holistic view that allows the delivery of a professional, confidential, safe environment whilst underpinning acquisition of Clinical skills.

We have listed a brief overview followed by the rights and responsibilities of both the Supervisor and then you the Supervisee:

  Brief overview of supervision  


  • Ensures client welfare, in relation to clinical safety and competence, professional and ethical standards and organisational service delivery protocol, thereby functioning as a risk-management tool

  • Provides a safe environment that is professional and confidential, that promotes development of specified skills and competencies, to bring about measurable outcomes and growth for you as a therapist



  • Assist you in acquisition of complex clinical skills, expanding one’s clinical practice, competence and confidence

  • Is a critical component of development for a therapist.  Without, we are a danger to our clients and our own professional conduct and growth.



  • Improve communication, client and/or team cohesion

  • Safeguards against worker burnout
  The Rights of a Supervisor  
  • To be respected as a professional

  • To a healthy supervisory relationship

  • To be informed of any constraints to a constructive supervision process

  • To receive clear and constructive feedback about the supervision process

  • To engage actively in a two-way contracting process

  • To break confidentiality in exceptional pre-agreed circumstances

  The Responsibilities of a Supervisor  
  • To be accountable to one’s own profession for ensuring adequate standards

  • To give clear account of one’s model/philosophy and goals in the supervision process

  • To treat the supervisee and the supervision process with respect

  • To provide clear and constructive feedback to the supervisee in an ongoing way

  • To prepare adequately for supervision

  • To be clear about confidentiality (and any limits to this)

  • To provide both support and challenge to the supervisee appropriately and insofar as they advance the supervisee’s learning and development and the clients’ interest

  • Provide & promote opportunities for the supervisee’s skill development relevant to the supervisee’s clinical role.

  • Provide clear professional boundaries regarding the supervision relationship

  • Provide ongoing opportunity for the supervisee to reflect & critically evaluate different aspects of your work

  • Ensure one’s own support and professional development

  • Maintain appropriate records

  The Rights and Responsibilities of a Supervisee  
    Your Rights as a Supervisee is to receive:     The Responsibilities of you the Supervisee:  
  • A respectful professional environment

  • Own your own learning

  • A safe protected supervision space 

  • Prepare for own supervision 

  • A healthy supervisory relationship 

  • Present your work openly and honestly 

  • Clear and focussed constructive feedback 

  • Apply learning from supervision to your work

  • On-going, regular, systemic reviews of the supervisory arrangement

  • Opportunity to create learning partnership with their supervisor 

  • An open and respectful view for your learning style

  • Monitor and evaluate your own work, with reflection

  • Create ethical and professional environments for your work


For further exploration, see Carroll and Gilbert (2005), and Bernard and Goodyear (2009). The latter authors include the “Supervisee’s Bill of Rights” in their “Supervisor’s Toolbox” group of resources (p.311). 

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