Social workers shoulder important work to support our communities and the wellbeing of individuals and whānau. We walk headfirst into difficult situations where we are often called upon to make life-altering decisions that will leave lasting consequences.
It is emotionally and mentally challenging work that requires us to be resilient, mindful, ethical and able to objectively reflect on choices past, present and future. With good supervision and nourishing self-care routines in place, it is work we can continue with love, sensitivity and confidence, without the risk of burnout or unsafe practice.
A drowning person will be no help to other drowning people. I believe that good supervision ensures social workers need not drown and assists them in maintaining their holistic wellbeing, thus enabling them to continue carrying out their mahi with passion, clarity and confidence.
On my own journey as a social worker, I have experienced burnout and the aftermath of inadequate professional support. I know that, with individually-tailored professional supervision, this doesn’t have to happen to you.
‘Supervision is an experiential learning process’ (Davys & Beddoe, 2010), enabling reflection on practice and new pathways forward for professional improvement and best practice aspirations.
I use Davys and Beddoe’s 2010 Reflective Learning Model of supervision as my primary approach to support reflective practice. You, as my client, will always guide the sessions and my practice will be individually-tailored to your needs and your preferred approach.
I’m committed to honouring your voice and providing you with a safe, comfortable space to unpack and reflect on your mahi. I am an objective sounding board for discussing your work and cases in confidence and assessing pathways forward. Having worked in many areas of social work, from child disability to mental health services, I can support you with true empathy and insight.