Skills of Clinical Supervision for Nurses: A Practical Guide for Supervisees, Clinical Supervisors, and Managers

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Skills of group clinical
supervision

This chapter looks at the skills required to be a participant in, and to be the facilitator of, a clinical supervision group, but it cannot stand alone: the skills involved in building the working alliance, being a supervisee and clinical supervisor, which we examined in Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6, are as important in group clinical supervision as they are in one-to-one clinical supervision. As a member of a clinical supervision group, you are building multiple clinical supervision relationships: with each of the other group members, with the facilitator and with the group as a whole. Given that any group develops its own identity, its whole becoming more than just the sum of its parts, you will have a sense of the group as an entity in itself and will also have a relationship with The group’ which is over and above the relationships you have with individual members. Many of the psychological processes outlined in Chapter 2 also apply to this relationship and can help or hinder its effectiveness, with the added layer of group dynamics to complicate the relationship even further. If the aim of a group is to study these group dynamics, then most of the activity of the group is unstructured, to allow these issues to surface and be enacted. The main purpose of a clinical supervision group is not to study group dynamics; therefore we suggest some structures which aim to help you acknowledge some of the complexity of the group clinical supervision working alliance, and minimise the potential for deeper issues to sabotage the work of the group.

This chapter offers frameworks for understanding and building group skills and some structures for carrying out group clinical supervision that are intended to enable you to work with your clinical supervision group members towards building a secure enough psychological base for effective clinical supervision to take place (see Figure 7.1).

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