What is supervision?
Supervision is a regular and formal opportunity to review and reflect on practice (Carroll 2007), in order to support the supervisee with:
· ● quality of service provision
· ● continuing competence and practice improvement
· ● wellbeing and management of stress (New Zealand Psychologists Board 2010)
Supervision is essential for on-going development, quality practice and client/therapist safety. There are many different models of supervision and could involve regular one to one meetings between a supervisee and a supervisor, meetings between peers, or small group meetings.
ATANZ recommends that the purpose of supervision for CAT accredited professionals is for the supervisees to have the opportunity to safely discuss and reflect on, cases, professional issues, personal development related to assessment and intervention of AAC and AT. ATANZ believes that CAT accredited professionals need to be continually developing their practice in a culturally competent, ethical and safe manner.
Supervision frequency, length of session, content, context and style will be agreed upon and documented at the first supervision session between supervisor and supervisee to meet individual needs.
Principles of Supervision
THE NZSTA states the following “all members must uphold the following principles of supervision:
Development – professional supervision must focus on the developmental needs of the supervisee across all aspects of their role.
Safety- professional supervision ensures client and community safety through ensuring safe practice is being delivered by the supervisee. Professional supervision focuses on the safety of the supervisee as this is a means of supporting the ongoing development of competencies and focuses on the wellbeing of the supervisee. Professional supervision also ensures the safety of the organisation as they know that their staff are being supported to work in a competent and ethical manner.
Best Practice- professional supervision focuses on best practice. Engagement in regular supervision ensures that the supervisee is providing a quality service to their clients, the community and the team they are working within.
Confidentiality – all aspects of the supervision process must uphold the principle of confidentiality. This principle applies to the supervisee, the supervisor and the topics of supervision (this includes, clients, team members, and projects).
The following exceptions to confidentiality apply:
(1) when both parties agree that an issue can be shared outside of supervision (2) when there is a serious concern regarding the supervisee’s practice.” (NZSTA Supervision Document) https://speechtherapy.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/NZSTASupervisionDocument-Finalv1.pdf)
ATANZ is committed to ensuring quality supervision is available for all those with Communication Assistive Technology (CAT) accreditation. ATANZ feels best practice for supervision in this credentialed field is receiving supervision from Supervisors who meet the following requirements:
1. Have CAT level 1 or 2 registration,
2. have at least 3 years experience in this field, and;
3. have completed a minimum of five applications over 3 years,
4. are endorsed by ATANZ.
CAT Supervision is separate from MOH requirements to have a report reviewed by Talklink as part of the application process for tablet devices.
ATANZ recommends CAT Supervision as required, typically 3-4 times a year. It is strongly recommended that places of employment support this essential aspect of clinical practice.
CAT Supervision is separate from the 12 hours /3 year period of Professional Development.
List of Supervisors endorsed by ATANZ
We encourage that as part of the supervision contract, we encourage you to have a clear agreement around procedures about bringing up any serious concerns about clinical practice with either party.