Bringing Creativity into Your Therapeutic Framework
All therapists are encouraged to complete professional development and supervision as part of their ongoing professional practices.
Through the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada I am designated to offer registered supervision to competency-based counsellors in Canada, as well as to art therapists registered with ACCT.
Supervision for Therapists and Expressive Arts Facilitators
Supervision is known internationally as an essential practice for ongoing competency development and is an important way to verify the competency standards of ethical care. You can read about my creative approach to supervision HERE.
Keeping in line with industry trends, all counsellors and therapists are recommended to attain monthly supervision during their first 1000 direct client contact hours, and ongoing supervision throughout their career.
For ACCT Counsellors the requirements for new counsellors are 50 hours for your first 1000 direct client hours, with a minimum of 10 hours of supervision per year, over a period of five years of practice.
How is a Typical Supervision Session Structured?
For supervision, typically we would start with client cases for the first half of the session, and discuss different questions you might have and discuss alternative approaches. If you do not have a lot of clients yet, we discuss business set-up ideas, marketing, defining your unique offering etc.
For the second half of the session we would usually do personal emotional work as it relates to your client cases or building your new business - re: looking more deeply at anything that is bothering you, exploring any parallel processes etc. Some people like to creative work over Skype/Zoom, and we can do some expressive art to explore your inner processes too.
Those interested in attaining my supervision services include:
1. Competency based counsellors in Canada who have just completed their course studies, and are looking to find their "original voice" in the counselling profession.
2. Art therapists, creative therapists/coaches and expressive arts facilitators who want to combine art and/or intuition with ethical, empowering service delivery.
3. Counsellors who want to implement creative modalities and/or intuitive/transpersonal/depth psychology as part of their therapeutic framework.
4. Counsellors who are in the process of attaining experience in a professional capacity, and want to deeply explore their personal emotional dynamics as they relate to client cases.
6. Counsellors who are working through initial or ongoing doubts about the practical and emotional challenges of setting up a therapy or art facilitation business, and who want to share honestly about the inevitable insecurities of starting a therapy/facilitation practice.
7. Counsellors currently seeing clients who want to see their inner life as a mirror of their outer life in their therapy practice - as well as see the deeper meaning and larger spiritual scope of their client interactions.
I often use a creative approach to the "Seven-Eyed" model of supervision for those wanting to explore the deeper synchronistic healing, and systemic healing patterns inherent in working with people.
8. Therapists who want to deeply process their own limiting psychological beliefs, and clear out painful emotions from the past, as well as explore how the current challenges in their personal life reflect their strengths and struggles as a helping professional.
Typically, the first half of a supervision session is focused on client cases and the second half involves taking a deep look at what's coming up for you emotionally. Together we take a loving look at how your emerging inner life ties into the "mirror" of your current clients and the growth of your practice.
Your First Years of Practice
My focus as a supervisor is to support and warmly encourage counsellors to begin their practice aligned with their authentic style. I offer creative, experiential, process oriented supervision rather than academic focused supervision, and I specialize in online service delivery via Skype and phone to support helping professionals find and anchor their original offering in their practice.
If you would like to bring your personal art and creative writing to your supervision process, we will explore the deeper dynamics of your therapy practice as it affects your emotional healing, and take a deeper look at your counsellor/client relationships through depth psychology - ie. metaphor, symbolism, art and dreams.
The Monthly Supervision Process that I offer includes:
1. Review of client cases, or in the initial stages, understanding what kinds of clients that you want to work with, and how to design a personal growth plan that best supports you to confidently deliver your work to others.
2. Engagement in your own emotional healing as it will/or does affect your client cases. This can include deep personal sharing and emotional processing during your session, as well as bringing your personal art and story writing to supervision.
3. Core-competency counselling skill development, use of wellness practices, understanding and elucidating your unique scope of modalities, private practice development, learning how to take good progress notes, understanding counsellor and client ethics, power and group dynamics, and relational boundaries will be explored.
4. Monthly homework, online expressive arts facilitation for your own emotional healing, as well as guided and self-directed learning in areas of your therapy or group facilitation practice that you want to gain confidence in.
5. A creative and deeply caring, encouraging approach to supervision that fits your unique interests and learning goals.
* For group art facilitation supervision to explore group leadership, workshop planning, pacing and confidence building see Peer Support for Expressive Arts Facilitators.
I am a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) and a Registered Counselling Supervisor (RCS) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT).
I am also a (REACE) Registered Expressive Arts Educator with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
I offer ongoing, comprehensive Supervision for new counsellors (RTC's) who want to focus on beginning their private practice, and for counsellors in their first five years of practice.
It is recommended that you commit to regular monthly sessions for a 10 month duration to fulfill your requirements for yearly ACCT Supervision.
In accordance with the ACCT of Canada Supervision Criteria:
"Supervision provides a framework within which a counsellor can reflect on performance and receive feedback and or guidance. Regular ongoing supervision can be helpful for enhancing quality of service offered and continuing professional development and support. Supervision is beneficial for improved client care, effective self-care and career development."
ACCT Code of Ethics are HERE
ACCT Supervision Requirements:
1. RTC Applicants are required to successfully complete a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice with supervision.
2. RTC’s are required to be supervised for their first 1000 direct client contact hours. (Supervised clinical practice or practicum hours may be included in the 1000 hours.)
3. RTC's are required to receive a minimum of 10 hours of supervision each year (minimum of 50 hours overall).
4. MTC applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 50 hours of supervision and accumulated a minimum of 1000 direct client contact hours.
5. RCSs are required to have completed 120 hours of supervision and have 5 years of practice and have at least 1000 direct client contact hours.
6. MTCs and RCSs are encouraged to receive 10 hours of supervision per year throughout their professional career.
Supervision by Skype or Phone - $95.00 CAD per one hour monthly session.
ACCT Counsellors and Art Therapists: Please fill out the form below and share your supervision interests and needs: