Clinical Supervision 2021-08-27T04:34:09+00:00

Clinical Supervision

Online Supervision | Face to Face | For all Helping Professionals

Australia wide available based in Perth, Western Australia

Talking with somebody with whom you feel comfortable and safe so that you can reflect on your professional practice is crucial to prevent chronic stress, burn out and vicarious trauma in the helping professions. 

Meet your supervisor-Daphne Middleton AMHSW

Clinical Supervisors need to be appropriately trained, receiving clinical supervision themselves, and be able to help you explore your issues in a non-judgmental manner. They do not need to be an expert in your field but should be available and able to provide regular supervision. The core skills of a good supervisor is to be an excellent listener and creator of good questions to open up curiosity and exploration. External Supervision integrates key models of supervision based on Restoration: supporting the wellbeing of the supervisee and Formative: focussing on the educative that develops knowledge and clinical skills (Proctor, B. Kadushin, A, Hawkins & Shohet). Standards and professional accountability being provided by agency line supervision roles.

What you can expect to explore

Clinical Supervision explores and supports your autonomous decision-making, your successes and challenges in your professional practice, positive working relationships and empowerment practices. Specific topics are focussed on at varying points found in areas such as Health & Wellbeing, Self Empowerment, Communication Skills, Leadership Skills, Career Planning, Middle management roles, Team dynamics, Setting up and managing a private practice, Mentoring and Coaching, New Graduates and early career planning, Role Clarity, Return to work mentoring, Burn Out & Vicarious Trauma-Identification and management.

Resources to expect

Access supervision supports such as sample activities and journalling exercises, try out how email support works when you most need it and learn how to gain access to inspirational material. Supervision works best when there are actions, ideas and intentions that can be explored in between sessions. There are a wide variety of creative ways to capture your evolution and plans. Sample reflection tools are sent out to help you to try out how you can ‘self supervise’ for when access to external supervision is limited. You will also be sent  notice of upcoming professional development course and workshops. You can access these resources by making an enquiry or scheduling a session here.

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What fees are charged? Fees are set by the ASSW Schedule of Recommended Fees for Accredited Social Workers in Private Practice. This service offers significantly reduced rates. [PDF: See the Schedule of Recommended Fees for Accredited Social Workers in Private Practice here ] 

See the SUPERVISION FEE STRUCTURE for standard and specialty clinical supervision here-PDF-Supervision Fee Structure 2021 

Is there a venue near me that I can attend for supervision? Main supervision offices are in South Fremantle.  Mobile supervision is available in the Perth metro area and available for regional areas where there is more than one supervisee attending from one agency.

What do I need to bring to supervision? Before commencing supervision you will be sent an introductory pack which includes some preparatory questions about your work and specific concerns you would like to discuss. You may email your responses to or bring them to your appointment.

Is there any online supervision available? Yes! Online supervision comprises options for telephone only calls, video conferencing calls, email supervision, specific learning modules completed online that you can access via the website and can be delivered as a mix of all modalities.


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:F


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.

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, Financial Counsellors, 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”