Seven-Eyed Model of Supervision


A Process-Oriented Approach to Supervision


This supervision model was developed by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet will support you to look at your client cases from seven different viewpoints.  


Whichever ‘eye’ we look through we will see a different facet of the whole during your supervision session. I invite you to prepare case notes prior to your supervision session based on the structure below.


The seven ‘eyes’  or ways of looking at your sessions are as follows:


1. Seeing Your Client Freshly


Be prepared during your supervision session to bring your client into the metaphorical "room" of our session together. I might ask you to describe your client from your "felt-sense," your intuition, your ever-deepening impressions, ect.


You might even try getting into the "skin" of your client, and speaking from inside of their mind, heart and voice in a role-play exercise. You might also like to bring a spontaneous poem or a free-form drawing that represents how you feel when you work with your client.


2. A Creative Exploration of Your Therapeutic Interventions


Bring notes to your supervision session about what you did well during your session, and what felt challenging or difficult. Together we can celebrate and build upon your wins, and explore what you could have done differently. We might explore inner body focusing to explore intuitive options for therapeutic interventions from your body's innate intelligence.


3. Exploring Your Client's Perspective on You


This part or your supervision session will involve your personal dynamic with your client on both a conscious and unconscious level. Together will explore your counsellor/client relationship through metaphor. Be prepared with notes about how you sense your client is projecting their inner world onto you - as their therapist. How does your client respond to you? 


4. Reflection Upon Your Personal Experience with Your Client


Bring your perspectives on how you personally view your client. Share your assessments, opinions, emotional reactions, and personal blocks to this part of your supervision session. We will look at your reactions and responses to your client, and will reflect upon how they are inciting you to grow and change in order to serve your clients better. In this section of the supervision process we will focus on your client is challenging you to express your varying potentials as a therapist, and what might be getting in the way of that happening.


5. Parallel Process as Supervisor and Supervisee


Together we will share the possible parallel process in our supervisor/supervisee relationship. By bringing your client "into the room" we may also explore the differences and similarities between our personal dynamics, and how it compares to your counsellor/client dynamic. This will especially show up over time as you present different client cases, and we explore how we feel different and similar in our work together over time.


6. Focus on Supervisor's Inner Process


As your supervisor, I will bring my fullest presence to your sessions, and will share how your client case presentation intuitively affects me. I will offer you my self-reflections and feedback on what is arising for me personally as related to your client cases. I will use my own inner guidance system to share what might be happening in your unconscious dynamics with your client. I will offer suggestions about what might need attention so that you can open up to new ways of learning with your client.


7. The Wider Context 


The supervision meeting is also a time to reflect upon the familial, social and cultural aspects of your work with your client. With this ‘eye,’ the wider world is held in view, and systemic implications of the wider field will be explored in your supervision session. You might bring notes about your client's family dynamics, social and work structures, or cultural restrictions, to consider how they factor into the work that you do together.