A counsellor meets with his clinical supervisor.

Clinical supervision is an important aspect of professional practice that also meets requirements for continuing professional development. Supervision can support you to become more skilled in your professional casework or clinical role, and more able to manage the stress of working with challenging issues.

How clinical supervision works

Clinical Supervision provides an opportunity for you to reflect on and develop your professional knowledge and skills in a supportive environment. The reflective and educative nature of clinical supervision distinguishes it from administrative line-management supervision.

I recognise and draw on the skills and knowledge that you bring to your practice from previous work and life experience. Applying a reflective practice and social work developmental approach to supervision, I work with you at your own level, identifying your current professional strengths and needs to determine supervision goals to advance your professional practice.

The principals guiding my supervision practice are:

  • clear contracting
  • tailored supervision to your individual needs
  • open communication
  • creating a safe and supportive environment
  • reflective practice
  • ensuring the supervision approach matches your level of experience
  • information/resource sharing
  • 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 work with new graduates as well as experienced professionals from a range of professional backgrounds including social work and psychology. Whilst I bring specialist experience from working in the refugee, combat and mental health sector, I also draw on previous work experience to support supervisees from a variety of health and welfare sectors. I work with both individuals and groups.

Over the past 15 years, I have provided clinical supervision to a range of services including:

  • Red Cross
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
  • Women’s Health West
  • Open Arms-Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
  • Inner West Mental Health
  • Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
  • Drummond Street intake
  • Very Special Kids

“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