Past Conferences and Associated Documents

Supervision Conference UK

Supervision: Balance in an Unstable World?

Held on Saturday 7th April 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre on April 7th for the 2018 Supervision Conference UK. There was a real sense of collegiality at the conference which made the schedule for the day all the more rich.

Some of the content from those who offered the workshops, masterclasses and the Key note speech is now available below.

Key Note Slides

Key Note Speech Text

Dialogue Masterclass - Alison Hodge & Edna Murdoch

Systemic Lens Masterclass - Clare Crombie & Sheila McCarthy-Dodd

Making images workshop - Ursula Frank

Second Hand Shock workshop - Anthea Millar

Utilisting Reviews Workshop - Jamie Rance

Supervision Conference UK 2016

Last Saturday saw the 4th Supervision Conference UK, sponsored by the National Counselling Society, held in Bristol. We have previously been to Cambridge and York. With the title being All Inclusive: Developing Dialogue in a Diverse World, we were delighted to welcome Michael Carroll as keynote and Geraldine Holton, Judy Ryde, Helena Hargaden and Harbrinder Dhillon-Stevens to provide masterclasses. The title leapt out over a year ago, before many of the recent developments in the world, because the conference attracts diversity from various professions - counselling, psychotherapy, coaching, mentoring, nursing etc. The professional edges can sometimes challenge and excite us in our dialogue and we were noticing this in the macro world too.

To reflect this theme, we were thrilled to have excellent workshops in the afternoon. Daniel Mercieca explored developing inner dialogue; Aneet Kaur Sehmi and Sophie Pickering took us to a culture cafe; Karl Gregory (counsellor) and Lise Lewis (coach) blended coaching and counselling (couching!); Steve Page and Jim Holloway asked if we are speaking loud and clear to our professional organisations.

The plenary session brought out some controversial discussion points, a blending of ideas and a space to really reflect. There was a gentle feel to the conference in which many people fed back their experience of feeling safe.

Our keynote speaker, Michael Carroll provided us with lots to think about. Observing reflection and dialogue as a particular facilitative skill of supervision and bringing us to the point of looking at supervision for all, not just psychotherapists and counsellors. This was a great keynote from Michael which we understand is to be his last as he is retiring. It was indeed "pretty good for a last keynote." And he managed to get a book launch in as well!

Taking the conference forward, it will now be every 18 months so the next date is 21st April 2018 and we are looking for venues around the Midlands.

A major outcome from this conference is a link with Geraldine Holton and the Association of Supervisors Ireland ( The vision that Severn Talking Therapy are looking to progress now is that supervision could be for all helping professions and front-line services that would benefit from reflective practice and ultimately setting up an Association of Supervisors UK.

Supervision Conference UK

Collectivist Cultures and Intersubjective Systems Therory

Couching workshop
Karl Gregory / Lise Lewis

Developing Inner Dialogue
Daniel Mercieca

How to make the supervisor more inclusive in the supervisory process?
Helena Hargaden

Keynote Speech
Michael Carroll

Supervision framework - couching


Some reasons why counsellors and coaches train in each other’s domain
Karl Gregory / Lise Lewis

Review of Masterclass by Geraldine Holton
Annie Higgs

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Venue:  The Royal York Hotel

A Spirit of Enquiry

Thank you to everyone who joined us at York for this year's Supervision Conference UK. Your patience and grace with the last minute change of venue was very much appreciated and we co-created a very positive event.

Thanks, of course, to our keynote speaker Maria Gilbert who made an inspiring keynote speech. She shared both her experience and insights with regard to what is 'super' about supervision. You can find an outline on the website of the elements that she discussed. These include curiosity, reflection, playfulness and experimenting as components to support learning in the spirit of enquiry. She reminded us that supervision is multifaceted and underpinned by the relationship co-created by the supervisor and the supervisee.

Thanks also to the masterclass leaders, Michael, Steve and Karl, and the workshop leaders, Lise, Miriam, Joan, Alison and Sheila. Their combined efforts offered an interesting number of opportunities to reflect on our own supervision practices as counsellors, coaches, nurses and helping professionals. For more details regarding content please see the pdfs below.

The day concluded by how we enquire into the work we do and share it with each other as supervisors and supervisees across a range of professions.

We hope that you will join us on October 15th 2016 in Bristol to further explore these issue in our work for a diverse world.

A new approach to group supervision based on action research
Alison Hodge

Seeking the Humanity in our Professions
Karl Gregory

What is ‘super’ about Supervision?
Maria Gilbert

Charged Moments – recognising and engaging with embodied parallel process
Michael Soth

Coaching Presence from the Quantum Perspective
Miriam Orriss

The Working Alliance from the Energetic Perspective Workshop
Miriam Orriss

Understanding the Energetic Principles
Miriam Orriss

Deepening use of the cyclical model
Steve Page

Mistakes in Supervision
Sheila McCarthy-Dodd

Saturday 18th October 2014

Venue: Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DR

An ethic of relationship and care in therapy and supervision
Dr Els van Ooijen

Principles and Qualities Cards: A simple tool to encourage ethical reflection within supervision
Jamie Rance

Personal Moral Qualities
Jamie Rance

Encouragment & Ethics, An Essential Partnership in Supervision
Anthea Millar

Ethics. What has love got to do with it?
Robin Shohet

Ethical Maturity and the Role of Empathy and Compassion in Supervision
Karl Gregory

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