225 – Becoming a Clinical Supervisor
Configurations of Self – Counselling in a Prison Environment
In Episode 225 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, your hosts Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly are back with this week’s three topics:
- In ‘Counselling Foundations’, we’ll discuss configurations of self.
- Then in ‘Focus on Self’, we’ll think about whether you might be ready to become a clinical supervisor, and why you should consider it.
- Finally in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks with Wayne Lawrence about his amazing work counselling in a prison environment.
Configurations of Self [starts at 2:07 mins]
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In this week’s ‘Counselling Foundations’, we’ll look at the work of Dave Mearns on configurations of self.
The key points of this discussion include:
- Examples of these configurations of self are the different emotional voices you might find inside you, such as anger or excitement.
- These configurations of self can take over at any time.
- Recognising the voice of the client will allow you to meet them there and better understand their frame of reference.
- Each voice should be recognised and accepted – speak directly to the sub personality in order to acknowledge it; this will enable the client to feel heard.
- By watching and listening carefully, you’ll be able to recognise a client’s shift into, for example a frightened voice, and adapt your approach accordingly.
- Have a go at identifying some of your own voices and situations that they may arise.
Becoming a Clinical Supervisor [starts at 14:30 mins]
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To be a supervisor is an incredible service to others, and in this section, Rory and Ken share and discuss some of their own experiences and opinions on training to become a clinical supervisor.
The main points of this discussion are:
- Becoming a clinical supervisor is a commitment, and a massive step in terms of service.
- You’ll be helping to develop other therapists, and offer support.
- Create a consultative environment that will be greatly appreciated.
- ‘CV gold’ – as another level of study, it will enhance your employability.
- The process from start to finish may take up to a year to complete.
- After the pandemic, there is a higher demand for supervisors that are able to work online.
- If you have a lot of skills and a lot of passion, why not take on this development.
Counselling in a Prison Environment [starts at 29:42 mins]
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In this week’s ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks with Wayne Lawrence about his experiences of counselling in a prison environment.
The key factors of this discussion include:
- For prisoners, it’s important that they can have that one-on-one relationship, a single point of reliable contact.
- Sessions are bound by the laws and rules of the prison, e.g. a session will have to come to an immediate end if there is a lockdown.
- There is still a person-centered approach to the client – it offers communication for the client separate from prison staff.
- It’s important to be congruent.
- Be mindful that some clients feel they are not able to show vulnerability once they leave the room.
- Sessions offer permission to be something other than a tough exterior.
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Configurations of Self