If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
When I started my own journey, I really found it difficult to navigate attaining the right fit supervisor who could be down to earth, be reasonably priced and who understood the nuts and bolts of running a smooth private practice both clinically and operationally.
Eventually, I got there, it was a journey of my own, I’ll say!
When I worked at the Southlake Academic Family Health Team in Newmarket, ON, I had the opportunity to supervise MSW students – I thoroughly enjoyed this as I learned to dismantle skills and teach each part one segment at a time. I also figured out a way to differentiate teaching practical skills, the soft skills, and not just the approach, strategy or specific model.
I saw shifts and changes in my students, experienced them being authentic with me about their fears and challenges, and I got to witness their progress each step of the way.
So this has led me to the decision to continue to contribute to the field – the remembering of where I once was, and seeing the journey of where my supervisee’s have reached, it’s a humbling process to witness, and so that is the story behind what led me to embrace the role of supervisor with dignity, grace, and capacity.
My supervisee’s would describe me as:
- Full of Energy
I am known to:
- Challenge you and give you honest feedback
- Value the supervisor/supervisee relationship
- I take supervision seriously
So… if you don’t take it seriously, and I mean by way of – just as a way of ticking off a checklist box to say you have a supervisor…then we may not be the right fit.
If you are looking for a supervisor who will keep you on your toes, have a positive and genuine regard of even the most complex of situations, and will see you through reaching the goals you set for yourself…then…ta da…like magic…you have found your supervisor!