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Reflecting on professional supervision



In this module of the course we ask you to reflect on the process of being a professional supervisor. We hope that you have found the process an enjoyable one!

At the start of the course, in the Course Content and Introduction module, we identified learning outcomes for the course. You may want to look back at these now and consider what you have achieved during your studies. Did you achieve any? Not at all? A few? Yes, most? All of them?

Assisting your student/trainee will have involved a considerable amount of reflection about your own work practice and this may have highlighted areas that you wish to explore in your own personal development. We end the module by providing you with an opportunity to do this.


Module outcomes

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By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate whether initial expectations have been met
  • Identify learning points to transfer to your future work practice
  • Understand ways in which you can continue to develop your work practice as a supervisor.

Looking back at supervision

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Now that you have come to the end of the process, you may find it useful to spend some time reflecting on your experience as a professional supervisor and identifying any implications for your future work practice and learning. You can use the questions shown here to help you to do this, and if you have kept a written record of your experience, you may want to use that as a further aid to reflection.

Open My Learning Journal and record your thoughts in the section 'Looking back at supervision'. If you have been using the Journal throughout the course, you may wish to refer to your notes from tasks in previous modules.

Look back at the SWOT analysis that we asked you to complete in the module 'Skills for professional supervision'.


Can you identify any changes in your original SWOT assessment? What are your areas of strength as a supervisor? Can you identify any weaknesses and areas for development? Turn to the SWOT analysis that you completed in your Journal and make notes against it.


Developing as a supervisor

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How can you continue to develop as a professional supervisor? You may decide that you want to:

  • Continue with your learning, perhaps by undertaking further specialist training in supervision
  • Share your experiences with other supervisors
  • Receive effective supervision yourself - an excellent way to develop your practice; if this is not currently available to you, you might try non-managerial and peer supervision
  • Continue to read around the subject of supervision.


Learning to be an effective supervisor can come from a wide range or sources, flow in any direction and be ordered in different ways, depending on the learning needs and opportunities of individual supervisors.


Developing your practice

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Looking ahead

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During this course we have asked you to consider your own strengths and weaknesses as a professional supervisor as well as thinking in depth about how you will supervise your student/trainee. During supervision sessions, as well as during this course, you will also have had to reflect on your own professional practice.

Now that you have done this you may have become aware of some personal learning and development needs. Our final activity asks you to think about these and how you might meet them.


Identify between three and five skills that you intend to develop. Transfer these skills into your development plan. In order to decide how to progress your development for each skill, identify the action you intend to take, your success criteria, a start date and a target date for completion.

Open My Learning Journal and enter these details into the section 'Development plan and learning contract'.

Once you have finished your development plan and learning contract, you might like to discuss your skills audit, needs analysis and the plan with your line manager.

Good Luck in your role as a professional supervisor - we hope that you find it a rewarding one and that it provides you with opportunities to develop your own practice!



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  1. In this module you have learned how to evaluate whether initial expectations have been met.
  2. You have discovered how to identify learning points to transfer to your future practice.
  3. You have learned how to understand ways in which you can continue to develop your practice as a supervisor.

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