Helpful Supervision Preparation Prompts
See below are some prompt questions to use as you prepare for your next supervision session.
What do I need most from my next supervision session?
Which topic/s would I most like to talk about this time?
Was there anything I agreed last time to think about? Get ready? Bring along? Find out?
What have been my ‘professional wins’ since my last session? Things that have gone especially well? Feedback that’s been positive? An achievement worth celebrating?
How have I used my strengths in my work? How has this gone for me?
Have I had any ‘aha’ or ‘lightbulb’ moments at work that will influence my future work?
Have I read, heard, or seen anything new that I’ve found particularly helpful or inspiring for my work?
What things have been going on at work that have been most challenging for me?
Am I worrying or stressing about aspects of my work? Have I lost sleep going over any issue/s?
Is any current issue winding me up and making me frustrated, angry, or resentful at work?
Is there any past work issue, even from years ago, that plays on my mind and still affects me?
How are my work relationships going? Have I found any colleague/s uncomfortable to work with?
Have I found any client, or client case, especially challenging? Complicated? Distressing? Triggering?
Is there a client case or work event I’d like to discuss? For example, how might I have handled it differently
and gained a better outcome?
Is there anything I’d like to learn more about, or skills I can gain or improve on, to help me in my work? How could this be arranged?
Have any ethical issues concerned me at work?
Have issues relating to others’ culture, faith, beliefs, or world view challenged me?
Has anything been going on for me personally that has impacted by work? How has it affected my work exactly? Have my workmates been aware of this?
How are my levels of empathy and compassion for others right now?
How has my general self-care been going?
How is my overall health and wellbeing right now?
© Tricia Hendry and Liz MacLean, NZ, 2018. (www.triciahendry.com)
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