Person-centered & feminist approach
As a clinician, I use both a person-centered approach and feminist theory in my work with my patients. I believe that the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee hinges on mutual trust and a willingness from both parties to be vulnerable. Without those building blocks, there cannot be honest feedback, which is important for moving the relationship forward. As the relationship deepens, so does the quality of the work. Being able to examine how the supervision relationship is working for both the supervisor and the supervisee is an important aspect of building trust and using vulnerability.
Honoring your expertise
Honoring your experience and knowledge is important to me. Supervision is a partnership. While the supervisor may be an expert in a particular field of practice, the supervisee is an expert in her own right. You will best know what your strengths in practice are; how your personal values affect her work; and what your goals are for your professional development.
Goals of supervision
Ultimately, my goal is for my supervisees to feel comfortable enough in supervision to push herself to meet her professional goals. I feel that supervision is an ongoing necessity for social workers at all points in their careers and the goals may be different at different times. Part of our supervision journey will center around exploring where you are in your career and how you want to grow.