Regular supervision provides a reflective space to examine our work and ourselves. As a registered clinical psychology supervisor, Erin offers a reflective space that allows people to process difficult experiences and better understand the functions of certain behaviours. External supervision is considered best practice for trauma-informed care. Group supervision offers a financially viable option with the additional benefit of working directly with the organisational system.
To operate in workplaces exposed to stress and trauma we need to develop ways of coping. This not only happens on an individual level, but also at a team, and organisational level. Some of these coping behaviours and group dynamics are unhealthy. Individual behaviours such as avoidance (absenteeism and presenteeism), hyper-arousal, incivility, and defensiveness are common in systems exposed to stress and trauma. Systemic dynamics such as scapegoating, parallel processes, and organisational risk aversion are common. Without a safe reflective space to address these, a system can become ridged and unsafe for organisations, staff, and service users. Group processes offer a reflective space for teams to shed light on these dynamics and their functions in a safe way. These groups are the ultimate team building experiences, creating healthy organisational culture, connection, and understanding. Group processes are ongoing and usually run on a monthly basis.