This blog is a continuation of my presentation of material that I had published (Hay, 2004a, 2004b, 2007) that related to coaches and trainers which I have updated to be relevant for a wide range of helping professionals. The topic for this time is contracting.
I am a transactional analyst and contracting is a key principle of TA – if there is no contract then TA is not being practised (even though TA concepts may be being applied). Over the years, much of what has been written elsewhere about contracting has come from practices within the TA community that have existed for many years.
A contract may or may not be written but in many respects it resembles a formal legal contract – the parties must have entered into it of their own free will, it must be for a lawful outcome, it should specify clearly the rights and responsibilities of the parties and when these will cease to apply, and ideally there should be a clause about how the contract itself can be changed.
The 3R’s of Contracting
Over the years, I have developed a framework that helps supervisor and supervisee to set up a psychologically healthy contract, both for their overall relationship and for each supervisory session. Being a fan of donkey bridges (those gimmicky ways we help people remember things by using alliteration or similar techniques), I call it the 3 R’s of supervision:
Levels of Contracting
We can further clarify the contracting between supervisor and supervisee by considering the levels at which the contract operates, this time using the donkey bridge of PPP:
In my next blog, I will be looking at what happens when there are multi-party contracts – when there are more stakeholders than just the supervisor, supervisee/practitioner and the client.
Hay, Julie (2004a) Supervision for Coaches Self & Society 32:3 Aug/Sept 34-40
Hay, Julie (2004b) Supervision Train the Trainer, 11
Hay, Julie (2007) Reflective Practice and Supervision for Coaches Maidenhead: Open University Press
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