Supervision has provided me the safe secure space I needed to explore the limitations that were holding me back professionally. I feel calmer and more confident in the work I do with clients. I feel more able to support my peers to move forward with their careers. Most importantly I feel able to improve the experience and outcomes for clients. The supervision relationship allows a space where I can be brave and vulnerable, think aloud and bring all my ‘silly’ questions. It is so important to have this time and space particularly if you work independently in a poorly understood and supported speciality. Through supervision I aim to provide this for others now; to change the experience of emerging dietitians.
Supervision for me has been the bridge between what I know from my work in a regional area to the possibilities and different points of view that a more experienced Dietitian can guide me to find and discover. When I found my supervisor and started working with her, it was a turning point in both my career and what I thought of as normal. I would recommend finding a supervisor so that you can create new ways of thinking when you are stuck and be able to sort out experiences that don’t make sense, as well as just organising your thoughts in a different way..
I worked as a sole dietitian in private practice for 12 years before I started supervision but now after having supervision, I can’t imagine my work life without it! I can discuss anything- whether it is a clinical case, managing my time, or the role of social media in my business, every discussion has been empowering for me. It makes me a better practitioner by ensuring I reflect regularly on my dietetic practice. I feel so much support from this process and would encourage any dietitian whether emerging or experienced, to give it a go. You won’t regret it!
Regular supervision is the best thing you can do for your own professional and personal growth. Professionally it helps maintain an ethical practice, where you get support with all types of clients, especially those that are challenging both clinically and personally. It can help look at issues of boundaries, self-care, transference, and countertransference – looking at where our issues intertwine with those of our clients and how to manage these. This in turn contributes to our personal growth and health. I would not still be in practice after 30 years without it!
Over the 15 years that I have been in practice as a Dietitian, participating as a supervisee in individual Supervision over the last few years has been and is still by far the best investment I have made in terms of training and professional development. It has no doubt supported my continuing ability to work sustainably in the profession and feel supported and affirmed while I do so.
If not for supervision, I wouldn’t be practising. It is that simple. Supervision has given me space to breathe, reflect and learn. No course can teach us, what we learn from good supervision. It’s been my compass that has guided me for years and I don’t know how I could support my clients without it
Providing supervision to others has been such a rewarding part of my working life. It keeps me connected to the core of what dietitians are about. Being witness to the changes that come from curiosity and at times, vulnerability, makes what we do matter. There is so much value in helping a colleague uncover and build trust in the gifts they have to offer. The benefits for both receiving and giving supervision, for me, has been profound.
Supervision has been absolutely crucial in developing my confidence and baseline skills as a new graduate dietitian. It’s an opportunity to trouble-shoot any thoughts or obstacles I have faced in an incredibly safe, supportive, and compassionate environment. I wouldn’t be progressing at the rate that I am without supervision.