Karen Shepherd, Chris Thomas and Rod Baxter work independently as professional supervisors and have practices in based in Palmerston North, Porirua and Wellington. We have a wide range of skills and experience which puts us in a great position to help with the supervision of professionals in many areas, including both managers and front-line workers in health, education and social services. We all have skills to work with individuals or with groups and teams in supervision. In addition we can develop specific training, workshops, projects, or organisational strategies for you or your team, based on discussion that may occur in supervision.
We work with people from around the Manawatu, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Wellington regions. Supervision is usually held in our offices, based in either in Palmerston North, Poririua and Wellington, but can be adapted to suit you. Skype supervision can also be available with arrangements. Contact us individually to discuss the options and your supervision needs.
Supervision with Chris
My supervision framework is located within a collaborative strengths-based approach for social workers, youth workers, counsellors, social service managers, allied health professionals, nurses, pastors and other professional supervisors.
How I will work with you:
I believe in the importance of negotiating a robust collaborative working relationship and agreement where our roles and responsibilities are clearly defined. I hope that the people I work with in supervision experience this as a strengths-based, competency focussed approach which celebrates success and also develops strategies to deal with challenges.
Contact Chris to discuss what you are wanting from professional supervision and for a no obligation “try before you buy” firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervision with Karen
It is my belief that supervision should be based on a collaborative relationship, where both parties contribute equally with knowledge, skills and expertise. My practice framework is based on strengths-based principles by utilising knowledge and skills from my practice as a social worker, and on supervision theories. These strengths-baed principles are:
- All people and environments possess strengths that can be mobilised and our focus should be on competence and strengths
- People are experts on themselves, so the supervisor has expertise but is not the expert
- Supervision is a relationship based on dialogue and collaboration
How I will work with you:
We will work together to establish a working relationship and contract. I hope to work with your learning style, and to be guided by you to assist you to reach your goals for each supervision session, as well as any overarching goals in your work. I expect supervisees to come prepared for supervision by considering what outcome they want as a result of our supervision conversations. It is my hope that we will review our contract, relationship and process regularly. I am willing and able to work with social workers, youth workers, counsellors, social service managers, allied health professionals, nurses, pastors, volunteers an other professional supervisors.
Contact Karen to arrange a time to discuss this further on email@example.com; or +64212580191