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Clinical supervision is an important and regular part of professional development for social workers, psychologists and counsellors, to enhance skills and competencies in working in clinical settings. Clinicians are supported to become more reflective in their clinical and casework, explore challenges, and develop new practice knowledge and skills through case discussion.

Professional supervision is available to non-clinicians such as lawyers, first responders and other professionals who work with people in the areas of trauma or mental health. The purpose of professional supervision is to provide work debriefing, invite reflection and self-awareness, and encourage knowledge and skills development for working with people affected by mental health and trauma.

How supervision works

Supervision, refers to a regular practice of talking through work experiences, often in a one-to-one consultation, but sometimes in a facilitated group. Supervision provides an opportunity to debrief about and reflect on work that may be challenging. It also assists professionals, clinical or non-clinical, to develop their professional knowledge and practical skills in working with trauma and mental health, in a supportive and confidential environment. This may include case discussion, reflective questions, role play or information sharing. The reflective, educative and practical skills-based nature of external supervision distinguish it from administrative line-management supervision.

I recognise and draw on the skills and knowledge that you bring to your professional practice from previous work and life experience, work with you to identify your professional strengths and needs, and invite you to establish supervision goals.

The principals guiding my supervision practice are:

  • adopting a reflective practice framework
  • working from a trauma informed lens
  • applying a coaching approach to skills development
  • clear goal-focused contracting
  • tailoring supervision to your individual needs
  • open communication
  • creating a safe and supportive environment
  • ensuring that the supervision approach matches your level of experience
  • information/resource sharing as required
  • ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of supervision for your needs.

“Melinda was a pivotal influence in my early career as an asylum seeker caseworker. She is an insightful professional supervisor with an excellent ability to really listen and engage. She provided excellent structural guidance which was clear, evidence based and enhanced by critical reflection on best practice casework. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise and I found her wisdom to be invaluable. I very much looked forward to the supervision space.”
Carla Nayton, Manager, ASRC

Who can benefit from clinical supervision?

I am engaged by private individuals and have also provided contracted clinical supervision to a range of organisations including:

  • Red Cross, NSW and Vic
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, NSW
  • Women’s Health West, Vic
  • Open Arms – Dept. Veterans Affairs, Vic
  • River Nile School, Vic
  • KnowMore (Community Legal), Vic

“Melinda excelled in meeting the challenge of providing safe, containing and supportive group supervision in a competent and professional manner.”
Peter Davis. Clinical Team Leader, STARTTS