Multi-Party Contracts and Supervision
Continuing my theme of what I wrote about supervision in 2004 and 2007 (Hay, 2004a, 2004b, 2007), I looked at what I saw as one of the key differences between psychotherapy and other forms of practice that are about helping people develop - the number of parties involved in the process. I often joked with my colleagues that developmental applications of transactional analysis needed more skill than TA psychotherapy: for the psychotherapist there was often only them and their client, whereas those working developmentally as trainers, educators, coaches consultants, facilitators, and so on, often had to deal with the client, an organisation, an HR director, a line manager and maybe even more senior managers – or perhaps they had a classroom of children and also had to deal with the parents, the head teacher of the school, the education authority, etc, etc.
I did recognise that psychotherapists also sometimes work with families, need to keep in mind that their clients often work within organisations, and they too sometimes work within organisations such as therapy centres, in-house services, hospitals, charities, etc. Like other practitioners, psychotherapist may also be paid for by an organisation.
This adds to the complexity of the contract, both for the professional work and for the supervision.
In addition to supervisor and supervisee, therefore, it may be important to take into account:
In addition to considering who else, apart from the supervisor and the supervisee, are ‘stakeholders’, the supervisor and supervisee need to consider:
Examples of complex multi-party contracts were shown in Blogs 21 and 22 and are reproduced below– and for each of these we need to imagine that there is an additional stakeholder – the supervisor – who has a connection with the practitioner and an implicit connection with all of the other stakeholders.
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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