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for most practising DMPs, who will need weekly or twice monthly supervision. 5.3 Hours of client contact can be helpful in calculating supervisory needs but the volume of work needs to be considered with regard to a number of other issues. One of these is whether the supervisee is providing individual and group therapy. Although group work is usually approached by looking at the group dynamics as a whole, it does involve responsibility for a number of clients whose individual needs must also be considered and may, therefore, need more supervision time than for 1:1 client work. 5.4 The context for clinical work may also affect the amount of supervision needed. Working within a supportive and well functioning team, who regularly discuss clients in some depth, can sometimes reduce the supervision needs of an individual therapist. Conversely, difficult team relationships may well need to be explored in clinical supervision in order to support the therapeutic work. 5.5 Private practice or taking full responsibility for working at depth with clients on one's own, as the primary therapist will need to be well supported by clinical supervision. In situations where a client is vulnerable, presents risk to themselves or to other people or where other complex issues exist the therapist should discuss with the supervisor how much supervision would be adequate. 5.6 It is the responsibility of the clinical supervisor within their contract with the supervisee to negotiate the adequate amount of supervision needed, identifying with the supervisee where ,and how else, the supervisee can get support. While it is not recommended that practitioners have more than one supervisor at a time, this situation might arise if specific needs were identified. In these cases it is important for all parties to know what kind of support is being offered by whom in order to ensure there are no conflicts of interest or confusion for the supervisee, and the best interests of the clients are central. 6. Contracting for Supervision 6.1 It is recommended that the supervisor and supervisee establish either in writing or verbally basic contractual arrangements at the beginning of their supervisory relationship and reviewed at regular intervals. These arrangements will include such issues as: Establishing that both supervisor and supervisee have appropriate qualifications, registrations, and insurance The fee and arrangement for absences Regularity and amount of supervision following a review of supervisee’s experience and needs (taking into account the recommendations within this document) 5 ADMP Clinical Supervision Guidelines, Ratified May 2009, Revised October 2011
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Confidentiality of clinical and supervisory work Matching ways of working and approaches within supervision to supervisee’s needs Number of supervisors: if therapist has more than one supervisor, clarify how this will work in the best service of the clients.
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