Drawing on many years of working in and supervising groups, Chris Taylor Solutions can provide group supervision for your organization. Group supervision is a negotiated process whereby members come together in an agreed format to reflect on their work by pooling their skills, experience and knowledge to improve both individual and group capacities, which can add greatly to the effectiveness of residential teams. It can be provided as a regular support or as augmentation to existing support at times of increased difficulties.
In group supervision growth is aided by the interactions occurring among group members. Care and education staff do not function in isolation, and the group is a valuable resource for reflection and developing practice. Supervision in groups provides opportunity to experience mutual support, share common experiences, solve complex tasks, learn new behaviours, participate in skills training, increase interpersonal competencies, and increase insight. It is not for prioritising workloads, monitoring work performance or sharing information relevant to work. Neither is it a cheaper way of doing individual supervision or a form of personal therapy.
It is an effective, evidence-based method of maintaining the collective needs of the group through enabling teamwork and the development of trust and understanding so that the group can work openly and productively
Practice Skills Workshops
As a way of training and developing staff, the workshop approach allows for a high level of individual differentiation between learners and for training in-puts to be focussed on the specific needs of an organization. Whilst workshops often work better as a follow up to more structured training, they are an effective way of increasing learner involvement and linking research and theory to learners’ lived experiences, although they are more limited to size than other training approaches. In general workshops are also shorter duration than more formal training arrangements.
Chris has provided workshops in many aspects of the residential or foster care task, and he has worked with primary school and special education setting for adolescents. Workshops are charged on an hourly basis, with a reduced hourly charge for travelling.