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Supervision for Dietitians 

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. 

 

So, What is supervision?

“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.”

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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. 

 

Should I be getting supervision?

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. 

 

How do I get the most out of supervision?

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. 

 

  • Sometimes it is a client situation. 
  • Sometimes it just an idea or topic 
  • Sometimes it is a direct question 
  • And other times in the session with my supervisor I talk through all these ideas and together we form this into a question that we then dive into. 


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 

Want to know more about why supervision is so important? see below some links to colleagues of mine Thoughts about supervision.

Dietitian Supervision Resources Australia 

The Mindful Dietitian: Supervision for Dietitians 

Tara McGregor: Supervision 

 

Supervision is via video conferencing.

Fees for supervision is $160 + GST

 

Please contact Jo on 0407 822 106 or jo@eatlovelive.com.au if you are interested in supervision and would like to discuss this further.

Eat Love Live presentations and Clinical training for you

Jo is an experienced and dynamic presenter and can tailor a lecture or workshop to meet your school, clinical, educator or organisational needs.

Topic covered may include:

  • General nutrition topics
  • Diet culture, disordered eating, eating disorders
  • Opting out of diet culture
  • Body Image and body positive support
  • Creating body positive supportive spaces
  • Focusing on health – rather than weight
  • The science behind why weight loss diets don’t work
  • Promoting positive Body image development in children
  • Talking about food with children – avoiding harm