Professional Supervision Training: A Somatic Approach
Supervision is a relational encounter of support and insight building whereby the supervisor helps therapists explore the seen and unseen dynamics between individuals, groups, organisations, and the broader sphere of consciousness. Providing an essential supportive framework for the helping professional, supervision allows for continued exploration and supports responsible practice. Often, individuals seeking support are guided by another person’s expertise, are offered an alternative viewpoint, and encouraged to look at their own limitations and blind spots so that they offer more effective therapeutic support to others.
Finding its foundation in the Minded Yoga Therapy Course, this unique training course was created by Shaura Hall to support the growing consciousness of somatic approaches to therapeutic practices, and explores the supervision framework through the developmental model offered by the chakras in tandem with the life stages that reference the journey from apprentice to master. Based on the Seven-Eyed Model in Supervision (Hawkins and Sohet) and Process Work (Mindell), this training explores learning developmental theory to give training supervisors a roadmap to travel from novice to master.
Course Structure & Dates
This course is held live online, via Zoom, and delivered through a combination of theory and practicum that follows the developmental pathway as expressed partially through the chakra model. 100% attendance is required to graduate.
Students will participate in lectures, dyads, triads, group discussions, processes and live supervision. This methodology teaches what we embody and uses a skillset needed to work with new and experienced supervisors across traditions. In addition to live teaching, all attendees must offer 50 supervision sessions within the area that they supervise in and undertake 10 paid for supervision sessions that reflect on these 50 sessions. Participants will have one year from the last day of the training to complete these sessions.
Part 1: 28th-29th January
Part 2: 25th-26th March
Part 3: 14th-16th April 2023
All sessions will run from 10am to 6pm [GMT/BST] on each scheduled training day.
Day One: What is Supervision: Context and History
As we begin, this training will review the rationale for supervision’s emergence with the psychological models over the last 120 years. In discussing this history, we will look at an array of different models that have informed supervision over the years and how this specifically supports the unique ideological framework of The Minded model. The day will also start to dive directly into the practice of supervision, providing insight as to foundational logistics, how to support newbies in supervision, and the pivotal role the body can play in supervision.
Day Two: The Supervisor as a Vehicle of Therapeutic Transformation
As with most psychological therapies, the therapeutic dynamic provides the foreground for new perspectives and insight; supervision is no different. In this second day, we will explore the supervisor’s intentional use of themselves to support the supervisee and cultivate a meaningful, supportive relationship. Within this purview we will investigate power dynamics, self-awareness building of supervisors, and discuss essential considerations in the mentoring of clients (supervisees) on their journeys to becoming competent in their chosen field of practice.
Day Three: Transference and Diversity
Client transference is a core aspect of any type of therapeutic work. This day will look at how to support supervisors in recognising and working with transference as a mode of transformation for their clients. We will look at common behavioural patterns, the influence of cultural dynamics and family in how clients present and transference perceptions in therapeutic support professionals. This will include considerations of diversity and how different people and groups may contextualise the self in different ways, how this influences dynamics of a relationship as well as the influence of transcultural and transgenerational trauma, and how to support therapeutic practitioners in working with these aspects with clients.
Day Four: Common Themes and Barriers in Therapeutic Work
The history of psychological therapies and supervision have highlighted that human beings present in certain ways during the developmental process. During this day we will look at patterns that indicate growth, avoidance, stagnation and how knowing this can support supervisees in shifting or further amplifying their approach with clients.
Day Five: Using Intuition and Seeing Beneath the Surface
Skills and techniques offered within psychological processes are vital, as too is the ability to sense into intuition and use this to help supervisees see beyond the spoken and feel into what might be beneath client’s words, behaviours, and body posture. To hone this skill, we will look at the role of imagination and fantasy. This day will also include holding of small supervision groups to practice supervision in real time together
Day Six: Dream-body and Liminal Spaces
Drawing on the work of Arnold Mindell, we will look at how dreams and liminal spaces can promote insight and intuition between supervisor and supervisee and between therapeutic professional and clients. This day will also do a deep dive into understanding how to modify and curate the supervision approach to best match the needs of the supervisee.
Day Seven: Additional Tools and Resources for Supervisors
Sometimes analysis and critical thinking, in regard to intuition is limited. As a training voiced in yoga, the final day will discuss the role of other forms of wisdom developments including prayer, philosophy, poetry and other expression and spiritual mediums in helping supervisees to see things differently and cultivate wisdom while offering this same fresh perspective to clients. As the final taught day, we look at the bigger picture and focus on patterns in large constellations, such as organisations and the wider collective. We will also review additional requirements for accreditation.
The course is accredited by the NCIP (National Council for Integrative Psychotherapists) and provides transferable skills and certification in supervision.
Attendance of the course does not guarantee certification, but 50 CPD hours awarded by the Minded Institute Certification is at the discretion of the Course Director and requires attendees to demonstrate all the necessary competencies in the learning objectives. For a copy of the learning objectives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For applicants outside of the Minded faculty, the course fee is £1200. A £400 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your space. Participants must also pay for 10 sessions of their own supervision as supervisors after the training contact hours are complete. Each session is 60 pounds, and participants are given one year to complete this requirement.
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This course is also open to candidates from various healing fields including other areas of yoga therapy, coaches, mentors, ministers, and other individuals established within the helping profession that manage teams or groups and have achieved a recognised qualification in their field equivalent to a higher education (England and Wales) level 4 course. All attendees from outside the Minded Institute faculty must be able to evidence at least 2 years of experience within their profession.
The number of places is limited to 20.
Eligible candidates can apply to this course through the Minded Institute using the online registration form. If you fulfil the criteria outlined on the form, you will be a sent a payment link following the submission of your form which you can use to pay the course fees in full, or opt for a payment plan.
If you feel that this training is right for you, but you do not meet the eligibility criteria, once you fill out the form you will be given an option to arrange an eligibility consultation to discuss your candidacy.