Supervision

The practice of Chinese medicine makes many demands on us as practitioners. In our work we form important, and often long lasting, relationships with our clients. We also can become researchers of technical literature and of course diagnosticians. Every time we see a client we make extensive treatment plans. On a wider scale we learn to work with other therapists and health professionals in a variety of different settings: hospitals, clinics, multibeds, multi-disciplinary centres, or in the quiet and relative isolation of our own homes. Some of us work very long hours, or with very ill clients, with the bereaved or the dying. We often work in isolation and without the support we need.

Supervision and mentoring can offer support and a place to reflect and explore practice and associated work issues. In this way we are able to maintain a higher quality of work. As members of the British Acupuncture Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine we have a responsibility to the public, to the colleagues in our profession and to ourselves, to get the support we need and to maintain as high a standard of work as possible.

Supervison for Acupuncurists

Supervison for Acupuncturists

Isobel Cosgrove has been pioneering professional development for health practitioners, and more specifically supervision for acupuncturists since 1989.

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Trainings in Supervision

Trainings in Supervision

In 1998 Isobel initiated a programme which trains acupuncturists in supervisory and group leadership skills.

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“When I walked through the door of that first meeting, I relaxed. I felt I had come into a place where it was ok to admit that I did not always feel sure about my work. Supervision provided a place to unpick what was not working, and to look at the reasons why. Above all it gave me guidance in my working life.”

Beth