Conversations in the Supervision Space

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Reflections on working in Supervision

In March 2015 the idea of a blog was first seeded and this first blog was written.

Setting the scene:

We (Chris Thomas and Karen Shepherd) have been working in supervision now for a number of years, both with each other in peer supervision, and as “supervisors” with a variety of other “supervisees”.  We are interested in sharing with the supervision community our observations, reflections and learning which have come from the rich conversations and relationships we have engaged in.  Our years in supervision have drawn us to notice and name the principles that underpin our work, which are present in our supervision frameworks, and which we aspire to in our bi-cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

We would like to share with you, through this  blog, these principles, and to discuss how we have noticed and worked with each principle in our value-led and collaborative and reflective supervision conversations.

Our hopes and aims for you as a reader are that we will spark off reflections and conversations for you, in respect of your own supervision practices, whether you are a “supervisor”, “supervisee” or in both roles.  We invite you to consider our musings and then reflect for yourself what the principles are that underpin your work in supervision and the ways in which you notice and engage with this in the supervision space and conversations.

We have not set this blog up for you to comment on directly, but would welcome any reflections or reciprocal sharing you may like to make with us.  These can be made through email to

So, we welcome you on this reflective journey with us, and hope it creates further dialogue, inspiration and aspirations in the work we do in our communities.

3 March 2015


Well as you can see many months, years in fact have transpired since this first missive…but we are back and with a second attempt at this blog, on a new site and with renewed vigour.  Watch this space


Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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