For many years, supervision has been firmly established in its “denominational silos” where counselling supervision is provided for counsellors, social work supervision for social workers, as each profession sets up and organises how supervision is applied to its membership. This keynote will focus on ways to intentionally cross those boundaries and to see supervision as a profession in its own right, where supervisors and supervisees are able to work cross professionally. Drawing on research and practice, this approach redefines what is at the heart of supervision and moves it from an appendage of each profession to a transformative learning process applicable across professions. This in turn raises questions for what we mean by supervision and how we train supervisors to become facilitators of transformational learning and ways of knowing, whatever their profession.
Blending theory with practice, this key note address invites us to explore the future direction of supervision with a particular focus on:
- How to create the ideal conditions for fostering transformative learning applicable to cross-professional supervision
- Establishing a structured yet flexible learning environment where supervisees are fully involved in their own learning process
- Developing the capacity to ‘differ and connect’ in creative dialogue
- Noticing and questioning assumptions, absolute attitudes and certainty
Dr Geraldine Holton is an experienced supervisor and trainer, having developed and directed the first Masters programme in supervision in Ireland. Geraldine’s research and training, her leadership in the development of the Supervisors Association of Ireland and her work in building bridges across professional organisations, has made her an established leading light internationally in the emerging profession of supervision and a pioneer in what she has called “cross-professional supervision”.
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