According to Hawkins and Shohet (2006) a new hypnotherapy supervisor might want to carry out a self-assessment of their learning needs based on the following categories:
1. Supervision Intervention
Understanding the purpose, the boundaries and the type of supervision. A new supervisor may want to take the assessment further in this regard by following Heron’s (1975) six category intervention analysis which are split in to two groups (“Authoritative Interventions” and “Facilitative Interventions”).
2. Supervision Management Skills
These may include the need to explain the purpose of Supervision and negotiate contracts and maintaining any agreed boundaries.
3. Traits or Qualities
The new Supervisor may want to assess whether they have the necessary commitment, and is able to: use authority appropriately; be sensitive and adaptable; use humour and have an ethical maturity.
They should also have a commitment to ongoing development that includes meeting their own supervision and CPD requirements, able to recognise their own limitations and can accept feedback.
The new supervisor should also assess their own exploration of empathy and how this can be expressed during supervision.
There are other approaches that can be taken to the self-assessment. Including those identified by Ronnestad & Skovholt (2003) and Clarkson & Gilbert (1991). It is also useful for the new supervisor to have an understanding of their own learning style. Kolb provides a useful four stage learning styles model.