Supervision Conference UK 2016
£135 – £145
Supervision Conference UK 2016

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The Bristol Hotel

Prince Street

Bristol, United Kingdom

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All Inclusive: Developing Dialogue in a Diverse World

Keynote Speaker Michael Carroll is a chartered psychologist, accredited executive coach and executive coach supervisor and Visiting Industrial Professor at the University of Bristol.

In his final public engagement before retiring, Michael’s keynote will focus on the terms “reflection” and “dialogue” as possible bases for beginning to talk together and looking beyond together to find what we share and care about communally.

Could reflective dialogue be the gift that supervision offers our contemporary world?


Our Supervision Conference attracts counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches, nurses and anyone who accesses or provides supervision.


Sponsored by The National Counselling Society

Outline for the day

  • From 0915hrs Registration & coffee / Welcome & housekeeping /

Keynote speaker: Michael Carroll followed by discussion facilitated by Michael

  • After a short break there will be a choice of “Masterclasses.”

Already confirmed are Helena Hargaden, Geraldine Holton, Judy Ryde and Harbrinder Dhillon-Stevens

  • 1300hrs     Buffet Lunch – an opportunity for networking and socialising, overlooking Bristol Harbourside

The afternoon begins with a choice of workshops

  • 1530hrs       Break

The conference will conclude with discussion in individual groups, looking at:

  • What inspired you today?

  • What challenged you?

  • What will you take away?

Feedback to whole conference and wrap up

1700hrs       Finish

Keynote Outline

Michael Carroll

In a world with diverse and very different mind-sets, viewpoints, cultures, races, philosophies, religions, how on earth can we begin to engage in constructive conversations? The differences are so vast that it seems impossible to find solid enough common ground on which to talk openly and honestly. Perhaps Rumi gave us a way ahead when he suggested, “In the field beyond right and wrong, I will meet you there”. Can we find the field beyond? Could supervision provide a bridge to this meeting field?

This keynote will focus on the terms “reflection” and “dialogue” as possible bases for beginning to talk together and looking beyond together to find what we share and care about communally. Could reflective dialogue be the gift that supervision offers our contemporary world? Supervision has always been the forum set up to engage in reflective practice, how to “sit at the feet of our own experiences and allow reflection to help us learn from life and practice”. This talk will look in some detail and what we mean by “reflection” and how we can deepen our reflective abilities in order to construct common meeting places. It will contrast the stances of reflection and fundamentalism and discuss how easy it is for us to move towards fundamentalism in a world of uncertainty and unpredictability.

Understanding Individualistic and Collectivist Cultures in Supervision
Judy Ryde

This Master Class explores the way in which individualistic and collectivist cultures impact on the supervision field of inquiry when one of the parties of supervisor, supervisee and client include people from both cultural contexts. Individualistic cultures are typical western and see the individual as the unit of society and collectivist cultures tend to see the family or community as the unit. We will identify commonly held assumptions in these different cultures and of Intersubjective Systems Theory which provides a way of understanding and working with both. This exploration will include a presentation, experiential exercises and supervision practice and demonstration,

How we move away from a two person dialogue so the supervisor is more inclusive in relational supervision
Helena Hargaden

This workshop will use of ‘the third’ to provide a triangular symbolic space in relational supervision. Then explore how to move away from binaries towards a reflective discourse on the dialectics of meaning.
I will describe and discuss several interpretations of ‘the third’ including potential thirds such as the developmental, cultural and relational third (Gerson); the symbolic and moral third (Benjamin); and the analytic third (Ogden). I will introduce my way of using the Balint Chair as a precursor to an experiential example of relational supervision in which a participant will have the opportunity to present a case. We will use the emergent process to illustrate the emergence of ‘thirds’. We will examine how this process allows us to move into the ‘unconscious zone’, and promote meaningful reflection on the client material.

Geraldine Holton

Harbrinder Dhillon-Stevens 

Afternoon Workshops

Developing Inner Dialogue in Supervision: Supervision with Psychotherapists and Supervisee’s who work with Children and Trauma

Daniel Mercieca

This experiential workshop draws on the notion of therapists’ inner conversations (Rober, 1999, 2005). It develops the idea of supervision as a relational, dialogical space enabling the expression of such conversations within the context of supervision with therapists who work with children and trauma. Workshop participants will be invited to explore the potential of creative play techniques in externalizing the supervisee’s inner dialogues. Such a process of playful externalisation can sustain the supervisor’s and supervisee’s “capacity for wonderment” (Zinker, 1977) and render the inner conversations available to the external supervisory dialogue. Thus inner conversations may be re-aligned, re-examination, re-affirmed and perhaps re-scripted

Daniel Mercieca: I trained at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and work as a dramatherapist in the context of out-of-home care and in private practice. I was involved in the setting-up of a trans-disciplinary therapeutic team and in research projects within the same context. I lecture on a part-time basis at the University of Malta and am also an expert member on the National Institute for Childhood. Having completed training in integrative relational supervision at the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies, I offer supervision to health care professionals. At present I am undertaking PhD research on children's perspectives of psychotherapy.

Are We Speaking Loud and Clear? Developing the Voice of Supervisors in BACP

Jim Holloway & Steve Page

When supervisors of counsellors get together there are often moans and groans to be heard about our professional body, BACP. Many of our ideas could be vital and influential, but they seem to get side-tracked by the pressures of day to day practice. Some of us might speak loudly about certain issues, get hot under the collar, and write to Therapy Today – but a dialogue fails to follow.

While we may support and endorse a great deal of what BACP stands for ideologically and what it achieves in reality, how can we most effectively voice our different concerns and share our diverse perspectives?

Jim Holloway is a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor and supervisor in Cambridge with a longstanding independent practice, specialising in anger management for men. He supervises a diversity of practitioners including NHS staff and service managers. Jim is a partner in Cambridge Supervision Training, and a co-author (with Anthea Millar and Penny Henderson) of Practical Supervision (JKP 2014).
Steve Page is a coach, BACP Accredited counsellor and supervisor, quite recently returned to independent practice in North Yorkshire. He is currently the supervision specialist on the BACP Coaching executive and supervises a wide range of practitioners. He is co-author (with Val Wosket) of Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist (3rd ed. 2014) and author of The Shadow and the Counsellor (1999).

Couching – the interface between the perceived diverse worlds of coaching and counselling. What would the supervisory dialogue look like?

Dr Lise Lewis & Karl Gregory

Couching is said to be a hybrid of coaching and counselling, a concept that is beginning to take root. At a time when more therapists are training as coaches and coaches are moving towards developing psychological and psychotherapeutic skills. Does supervision need to embrace the concept of ‘Couching’?

In this workshop we will expose some of the stereotypes around counselling and coaching, explore the interface of our two professions and discover where we might really meet. Supervision is the place to reflect on how we bring these together….. through the relationship and the client work …… so what would that look like?

Lise Lewis is a coach and Karl Gregory is a counsellor and together they will bring their experiences of working in their fields.

Dr Lise Lewis MBA Chartered FCIPD: EMCC Accredited Master Coach Practitioner: EMCC International President Executive Coach | Coach Supervisor | designer and trainer of EMCC accredited training in coaching and supervision. Primary work is with clients wanting to improve their leadership capability through developing a presence that stimulates excellence in others. Clients are encouraged to take beneficial risks, rise to challenges and to be excited by the opportunities presented through coaching. 

Karl Gregory RGN, RMN, MSc Counselling, Diploma in Psychotherapy Supervision, MNCS (accredited) MBACP
Co-founder of Severn Talking Therapy as a vehicle to run the annual Supervision Conference UK, a Diploma in Relational Supervision and workshops
I am an integrative counsellor using relational, existential and systems approaches. A trainer and supervisor and for the last 20 years I have been working from a private practice in Brockworth, Gloucestershire.

Culture Café
Naomi Ford & Aneet Kaur Sehmi

Welcome to the Culture Café, where there will be an opportunity to meet fellow supervisors exploring ethnicity, race and culture in supervision. This workshop will look at ourselves as supervisors in terms of race, ethnicity and culture through experiential exercises involving pair and small group work.
We encourage supervisors to reflect and explore their own experiences of ethnicity, race and culture and to relate this to their work as supervisors.
Supervisors will have an opportunity to think about questions like:
‘What is my ethnicity?’
‘What are my experiences of ethnicity?’
‘What are the challenges of brining ethnicity into supervision?’

Naomi Ford I am an integrative counsellor with an interest in working transculturally. I have experience in building awareness of race and ethnicity issues and delivering equality training. I am keen to facilitate conversations about racism, equality and ethnicity, working to build self-awareness and create a safe space to explore these areas.
Aneet Kaur Sehmi I have been working in the field of Psychology since 2004 where I have worked on projects involving BAME Communities. As a Counsellor, I am interested in the lack of ethnicity awareness in counselling and supervision. I am the co-director of Ford and Sehmi Consultancy where I co-facilitate workshops on building ethnicity awareness.

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All Supervision Conference UK cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing as indicated below.

Requests must be sent to Catherine Gregory, Conference Administrator. Requests may be e-mailed or postal mailed (contact information below). Telephone requests will not be honoured.

 Refunds – More than 30 Days Notice

To receive a refund, Severn Talking Therapy must receive written requests no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the conference. A £30 admin charge will occur.

50% Refunds – Less than 30 Days Notice

Requests for refunds Severn Talking Therapy receives within 30 days of the start of the conference will be subject to a 50% refund.

No Refunds – Within 2 Weeks

Requests for refunds Severn Talking Therapy receives within two weeks of the start of the conference will not be eligible for a refund.

Presenters Refunds

Presenters of workshops who have their workshops included in the proceedings are not eligible for a refund. Presenters who have paid will receive a refund if they withdraw their papers before the programme goes out for general release.

Emergency Illness or Death of Registrant or Immediate Family Member:

Refunds may be granted if an attendee is unable to attend the Conference due to a family death, illness, or other extraordinary circumstance. In such a circumstance, the Supervision Conference Administrator must be contacted by phone, letter or e-mail.

When refund will be sent

Severn Talking Therapy will refund fees as soon as possible and no later four (4) weeks after the conference has concluded.

Substitution Policy:

Registrants may send a substitute in their place in lieu of requesting a refund.

Returned Cheque Policy:

If any cheques are returned because of insufficient funds, Severn Talking Therapy will charge a £30 fee for administration. Registrants will also be required to pay the amount Severn Talking Therapy is charged by the financial institution that returned the cheque. Severn Talking Therapy reserves the right to refuse to honour future cheques submitted by violators.

To request a refund contact :

Catherine Gregory (Conference Administrator)

7 Sayers Crescent, Brockworth Glos GL3 4HD

Tel 01452 863069




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