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“I haven’t got time to think!”- How to maintain best practice in clinical supervision

Dr Leeanne Nicklas

Thursday, 14 November 2024


There are many demands on clinicians’ time and supervision time can be squeezed.  There is also scope for supervision to become less structured as people move through their clinical careers.

This workshop will begin with an exploration of the common factors that get in the way of effective clinical supervision.  The evidence and principles that guide the delivery of clinical supervision is presented. We will then explore a range of strategies, tools and methods to improve supervision in relation to normative, formative and restorative elements. 

The event will be equivalent to 2.3/4hrs of CPD.


Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on their experiences and practice. There is also the opportunity for attendees to use this experience to identify areas for action and how this might be implemented in their supervisory practice.

The overall aim of this workshop is to share useful strategies and promote reflection on supervisory practice in order to inspire positive improvements that benefit the supervisor, supervisees and the people receiving clinical care.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will learn to:

• Identify and modify factors that affect the effectiveness of clinical supervision.
• Integrate different modes and methods to improve supervision practice.
• Reflect on the status of their own supervision practice and create an action plan as required.

Training Modalities

This workshop will include didactic content, as well as experiential exercises with feedback in the chat, polls and Q&A.

Key References

Alfonsson, S., Parling, T., Spännargård, Å., Andersson, G. and Lundgren, T. (2018). The effects of clinical supervision on supervisees and patients in cognitive behavioral therapy: a systematic review. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 47(3), 206-228.

Hawkins, P. and McMahon, A. (2020). Supervision in the Helping Professions (fifth edition). London: Open University Press.

Murr, S., Nicklas, L., & Harper, S. (2020). How does supervision aid cognitive behaviour therapy skill development? Perspectives of CBT trainees: A thematic analysis. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 13, E45.

O’Neill, N., Albiston, M., Ferguson, S., & Nicklas, L. (2020). Improving CBT supervision. Four years of implementing NES Specialist Supervision Training for CBT in Scotland. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 13, E18.

Simpson-Southward, C., Waller, G. and Hardy, G. (2017). How do we know what makes for ‘best practice’ in clinical supervision for psychological therapists? A content analysis of supervisory models and approaches. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24, 1228-1245.

About the presenter

Dr Leeanne Nicklas is a Clinical Psychologist and Programme Director for the MSc in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care at Dundee University. Dr Nicklas was previously Head of Programme for Supervision at NHS Education for Scotland. Dr Nicklas has worked extensively in supervision and training and is passionate about the role of supervision in supporting staff wellbeing and effective clinical practice.

Who should attend

This workshop is primarily suitable for those who are supervisors or those that are preparing to supervise, but it may also be helpful for anyone receiving supervision to reflect on the process. It is suitable for any supervisor looking to make their supervision more active in supporting staff wellbeing and effective clinical care. Supervisors from a range of professional backgrounds and working in different clinical settings are welcome.

Details coming soon

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