About SAI

About SAI

Supervisors Association of Ireland CLG.

Supporting supervisors from across professions

and promoting Cross-Professional Supervision


‘Learning with, from and about each other as professionals’

About Supervisors Association of Ireland SAI

  • SAI was founded by a representative group of trained supervisors in June 2005 in response to a felt need to establish an association for Supervisory Practice across many professions.
  • SAI is in the unique position of being the only professional organisation in Ireland to exclusively serve and represent Supervisors from across professions, across approaches and across disciplines.
  • SAI is a self-governing professional organisation for Supervisors which upholds a Code of Ethics for cross-professional supervisors.
  • SAI seeks to develop high standards of professional practice amongst its members who are trained supervisors from across professions and trainers of supervisors.
  • SAI is an inclusive interdisciplinary learning group which promotes Cross-Professional Supervision, a term first coined by Dr. Geraldine Holton, the founding director of the organisation. The organisation seeks to build on Dr. Holton’s cross-professional research and promote ongoing research in the field.
  • SAI responds to the ongoing developmental needs and research in the area of supervisory practice for both supervisees, supervisors and trainers through annual conferences, CPD workshops, networking, active research and the annual publication of Ireland’s first journal for supervisors.
  • SAI seeks to raise public and professional awareness of the benefits of supervision as reflective practice for the well-being of clients, supervisees, supervisory practitioners and organisations.
  • SAI holds that Cross-Professional supervision is an important development for the profession and therefore supports it membership in understanding what it means to be a cross-professional supervisor and requires its membership who are not trained in Cross-Professional supervision to undertake some CPD training in the area.
  • SAI promotes an inclusive, adult educational model of supervisory practice across contexts and views supervision as an educational process which seeks to transform and empower supervisees /supervisors and their praxis.
    • Part of a diverse, cross-professional, innovative network of practitioners.
    • Part of a self-governing non-profit organisation which promotes a code of ethics
    • Engage with new and emerging challenges and techniques in supervisory practice through Droichead, the Journal of SAI
    • Continuing Professional Development Days & Action research
    • Conferences-Workshops with international leaders in the field of supervision (discount for members)
    • Full members inclusion in the web directory of cross-professional supervisors
    • Full members also avail of ANSE membership, the European  Association for Supervision.SAI seeks to establish clear criteria for membership and clear criteria for recognition of Supervisory Training Programmes.Benefits of SAI membership

What is Supervision?

“At its simplest, supervision is a forum where supervisees review and reflect on their work in order to do it better.” Dr. Michael Carroll

“Supervision provides a safe confidential learning space where all aspects of the self, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual can be explored and developed to enhance client care, professional practice and organisational change.” Dr.Geraldine Holton

Supervision  – An Emerging Profession

Supervision has evolved from its historical meaning of overseeing and line management to a more collaborative process between supervisee, supervisor and the organisation. Within the helping professions supervision has had a uni–professional history, as a field of practice within each profession where each discipline developed its own supervision tradition and literature. While this practice is commonplace in most clinical and counselling contexts it is not that regular for those working in other helping relationships such as adult education, pastoral care, police, spiritual guidance, complimentary therapists or carers.  In response to this emerging need and to promote a culture that values supervision within such areas, the practice of cross– professional supervision has developed.

What is Cross-Professional Supervision?

Cross-Professional Supervision, a term coined by Dr. Geraldine Holton involves working across professions, across disciplines and across modalities. Within this approach supervision is accepted as a profession ‘in its own right’ with a unique set of skills, tasks and competencies. The role of the supervisor is facilitator of learning, change and transformation to enhance client care, practitioner personal/professional development and organisational change. Being a supervisor does not mean imposing a particular perspective on a supervisee but involves facilitating the development of the supervisees clinical wisdom and experience in the best interest of the client.

What are the benefits of Supervision ?

  • Potential for growth and transformational learning
  • Develop clinical wisdom and skills through reflective practice
  • Identify learning challenges and goals
  • Uncover blind spots and work creatively with blocks, and limitations that may impact practice and well being

Links with Europe

SAI has forged links with ANSE the  Association of National Supervisors in Europe and is a full member since 2007 giving Ireland a voice in Europe. Through membership of ANSE , SAI seeks to support collaboration, research, mobility and exchange within Europe.

CPD and Events

SAI hosts two events each year including Conferences, CPD Workshops and    Master classes

‘At its simplest, supervision is a forum where supervisees review and reflect on their work in order to do it better.’  Michael Carroll