Clinical Supervision 2020-08-12T06:03:34+00:00

Clinical Supervision

Online Supervision | Face to Face | For all Helping Professionals

Australia wide available based in Perth, Western Australia

Clinical Supervision for individuals and organisations

Using Reflective and Restorative Supervision to build resilience.

Engage in External Supervision

Supervision is at the heart of continuing professional development (CPD) for all helping professionals. It is the ‘go to place’ for safely sharing reflections about your work and professional identity, organisational impacts and your work with your clients. It is a place to turn to for engaging in honest exploration regarding ethical dilemmas, role complexity, internalised conflicts, skills acquisition and self care practices guided by a trusting, safe and genuinely interested supervisor. I provide a trauma informed approach to supervision so that you are able to work with me from your resilience skills. I help you to articulate various accounts of your work, challenges and successes for us to explore and expand on together. Where supervision is not provided within your workplace you may consider obtaining it externally. Workplaces may also value the opportunity for external supervision and may contribute to your investment in your own CPD by allowing time off in lieu.

You may wish to request creative approaches to be incorporated into your clinical supervision sessions or prefer to only use talking and conversation.  Together, we can create a clinical supervision relationship and process that works for you, is easy to understand and is proactive for you to be able to achieve desired skills development.

There is no set amount of supervision hours to participate in but every reason to ‘turn up’ to an opportunity to obtain external support and skills development.

Download the following PDF support documents-For organisations and helping professionals:


For Managers

External Supervision supports managers by working to develop staff morale, increase staff retention and reduce unnecessary staff stress leave.

Managers provided with the services of an external supervisor means that they know that their staff are engaged in the following processes:

Discusses and understands worker values, roles, and any conflicts or synergy with practice issues and tensions.

Evaluates how well workers are using their current skills set in the work environment

Evaluates impacts on the worker of various workplace and role challenges, issues, dilemmas and tensions they encounter in practice.

Provides input (mentoring, coaching, clinical knowledge and shares knowledge of the sector) from a more experienced worker position.

Provides the following structure and a safety net to make the worker’s position viable and successful.

Reflective Supervision structure to:

  • Reflect upon and review current working practices.
  • Examine and explore strategies in working with particular clients or situations in a confidential context.
  • Develop knowledge of risk assessment and management skills.
  • Provide an external debrief on any work-related issues examining signs of vicarious and secondary stress and trauma.
  • Explore new practices, developments, ideas and perspectives related to the worker’s role and critically evaluate them.
  • Monitor and support the worker’s wellbeing and coping capacity in relation to their work and inclusive of enhancing better work and life sequencing.
  • Problem solve, resolve conflicts of interest, ethical dilemmas and complex workplace issues.
  • Explore career development opportunities.

Organisations unable to fund workers to access external supervision may offer time off in lieu to attend supervision.

External supervision may also have agreed upon input into staff performance management plans with the adoption of a Three-Way Communication Agreement.


Individual Supervision

Individual supervision is available to you or to your organisation to provide you with support, skills development and accountability. 10 x supervision sessions per year are available to help you to meet the CPD required supervision hours. Mental Health supervision is also available to help you to meet the AASW criteria when applying to become accredited as a Mental Health Social Worker. Make a supervision enquiry below or via the AASW Find a Supervisor contact form here.


Benefits of Reflective Supervision

With regular supervision you can hope to experience:

A dedicated space and time to regularly reflect on your work/life balance, work impacts, develop self awareness and develop skills and knowledge.

Guidance and coaching provided by an experienced and accredited mental health social worker with over 30 years experience in the helping industry.

Quality supervision using ethical guidelines and best practice supervision based on the Australian Association of Social Workers Supervision Standards 2014.

Integrated and creative approaches to supervision using a wide range of supervision literature and trainings including:

  • Health and Social Service supervision
  • Compassion Fatigue Recovery programs
  • Counselling Supervision models
  • Narrative Therapy approaches to supervision
  • Reflective and Relational supervision practices
  • Adult Learning principles and approaches
  • Theories and practices of Mindfulness/Meditation/Yoga
  • Creativity theories and practices
  • Group Supervision and,
  • Other supportive supervision based professional development initiatives.

PDF-External Supervision Approaches for Agencies (Domestic Violence programs)-Daphne Middleton AMHSW CV

Flexible supervision model provided by Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with extensive experience in providing supervision for various professions, roles and programs such as:

Social Workers, Youth Workers, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Counsellors, Support Workers, Pastoral Care workers, Teachers.

  • Mental Health
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Counselling children
  • Family Therapy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post release offender programs
  • Youth engagement, youth outreach
  • Corrective services
  • Out of home care
  • Disability

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What staff are saying...

“I have developed strong professional self-care routines and boundaries which have prevented compassion fatigue, improved my relationships with my stakeholders and clients, and allowed me to work safely”

“Daphne started out with a restorative supervision process which really centred around building my confidence and competence within my role” 

“By the time I started supervision, I had already started to feel like maybe I wasn’t really making a difference in my role and even a bit cynical. I was still passionate about the work I was doing but due to an overwhelming case load, I always felt like I was on the back foot.  We didn’t have a case manager so there wasn’t anyone to talk through cases with and I really felt like I was just winging it.

Since starting supervision with Daphne, I feel reinvigorated in my role”

“I know when I first started supervision (despite strongly advocating for it), I was really nervous about what it would entail. I was concerned it would be punitive instead of encouraging and that I would be judged. My tip would be to be really honest with yourself about what you want from supervision and what you think your strengths and weaknesses are. Decide on what areas you want to shore up and what areas you want to celebrate. My supervision is over the phone and I also found this to be a safe place for me – I can pop my headset on, walk around the office and drink water while I’m talking or I can sit down and busily scribble notes. Either way – it’s in the comfort of my own home or office”