Jo is available to provide Supervision for Dietitians and Mental Health Clinicians who are looking for a space to further explore working with clients with Eating disorder, Disordered eating, and moving from a weight centric to more weight inclusive/ weight positive practice.
Dietetic supervision is an emerging concept- whilst supervision as a practice is common in counselling and psychological therapies. As the complexity of people's relationships with food are understood and the importance of a specialist dietitian in the eating disorder management team is appreciated there is a stronger push to dietitians to embrace this important practice too.
“Clinical supervision is a formal professional relationship between two or more people in designated roles, which facilitates reflective practice, explores ethical issues, and develops skills.”
Supervision is a secure space between two professionals to encourage reflection on professional practice. Reflective practice allows for personal growth, professional development, processing difficult situations and emotions triggered by clinical practice. It is a place to explore ethical issues, bounce ideas, talk through and explore concepts and anything else that you feel would be helpful to move your forward.
Supervision is a collaboration between peers. One facilitates the process but there is no hierarchy and there is no authority role. It is not evaluating practice. There is no right or wrong.
As my dear colleague Fiona Sutherland says: if you are working with humans- then yes, you should be getting supervision!
Holding space for and supporting people in their relationship with food and their body is a difficult and draining task. Supervision allows a space to reflect on your work with clients and the responses it brings up in yourself. It is a space to workshop issues, concepts and ideas.
I, Jo, have shared below some practices that I find helpful in my own supervision. This is by no means a directive. I invite you to reflect on how these ideas sit with you. If they bring anything up for you? And if you feel you would like to be curious and experiment with these practices or something similar.
The first is using a Reflective Practice Journal.
I have a journal, in the past it was a paper one and now it is a google doc I can access anywhere!
After client sessions, supervision sessions, peer discussions, reading, learning etc I take the time to jot down any thoughts, ideas, things that made me uncomfortable, and things that felt good and like wins.
At the end of a tough day of clients I will off load anything that is feeling sticky or I'm unsure about in the journal. This is helpful as it helps me to leave work at work and transition to home time.
Preparing for supervision
It also means that when it comes to supervision I can take the time to read over my reflections and ideas and be prepared for the supervision session, about what I want to talk about.
After supervision sessions
I have also come to appreciate keeping free 15 mins or so after a supervision session where I jot down any reflection, ideas and action from the session. I love it when I feel calmer and happier after a session but sometimes I walk away and forget all the content or things I would like to move forward with!
Want to know more about why supervision is so important? see below some links to colleagues of mine Thoughts about supervision.
Supervision is via video conferencing.
Fees for supervision is $160 + GST
Please contact Jo on 0407 822 106 or email@example.com if you are interested in supervision and would like to discuss this further.
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This is in hopes to ease the process of navigating the wide array of resources and information out there about eating disorders, recovery and treatment available.
A printable explanation of Medicare Eating disorder care plans to help you understand how to access an initial and subsequent plan. A great resource to print and take to the GP with you.
A comprehensive list of books, websites, podcasts, and online courses for parents, teachers and health professionals to support children and teenagers to develop a positive relationship with food and body.
A List of support groups, websites and articles.
A comprehensive list of websites, videos, articles, studies and social media resources.
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