The role of supervision in CPD

Supervision is a formal and mutually agreed arrangement where practitioners (whatever their experience), tutors or students make an agreement to discuss their work regularly with someone who is an experienced and competent practitioner and who is trained in, and familiar with, the process of supervision. It offers the opportunity to get an overview of situations that arise in the therapeutic relationship. Its purpose is to empower the practitioner and ensure the health, safety and welfare of the patient.

Supervision has become an essential requirement for the Society’s registration process in recognition of the acceptance and commitment to it by professional homeopaths (Core Criterion No 3). Commitment to professional supervision is an intrinsic part of adherence to professional values.

Tasks of the Supervisor

To support the practitioner in their professional development, as defined and when required by them. This involves:

  • Providing a formal space for reflection on any aspects of practice on a regular basis.
  • Supporting the practitioner in aspects of their professional development
  • Supporting the practitioner in the process of reviewing their practice with reference to the Core Criteria

Supervisors list

click here to download the Society of Homeopaths’ list of registered practitioners who are willing to be supervisors. All of the supervisors on the list practise in accordance with the Society of Homeopaths’ Code of Ethics & Practice for Supervisors click here.

If you are a registered practitioner and would like to appear on the supervisor list, please contact Liz Wootliff: click here

The majority of practitioners on the Society’s list have had some supervision education and training and are themselves in supervision. A number of the practitioners have satisfied further criteria and are recommended by the Society as approved to supervise new practitioners within the Registration Programme. These are indicated by the letter ’R’. Practitioners who offer Group Supervision are indicated by the letter ‘G’.

You may obtain details of these practitioners’ training and experience by contacting them directly.

Questions you might ask when choosing a Supervisor

Here are some questions you might want to ask them before you decide to enter into a working relationship with a new supervisor.

  • How much formal training in supervision have you had?
  • How much experience and what kind of experience have you had as a supervisor?
  • Are you in regular supervision regarding your own professional practice?
  • Are you in regular supervision regarding your role as supervisor? (This is rare but to be encouraged)
  • Are you familiar with the concept of reflective practice?
  • Are you willing to work with the Society’s Core Criteria for Homeopathic Practice and the National Occupational Standards in the context of this supervision?
  • Do you understand and support the model of CPD that the Society is using in the Registration Programme?
  • Are you personally committed to this model of CPD yourself?