Reflective Spaces

If your work involves the complex task of working with the human condition, you’ll benefit from having a space to reflect on the process and impact of the work and to find ways to improve your self-care and wellbeing. Increasingly, the professionals seeking supervision are working with greater complexity, sometimes trauma while often facing reduced resources and budgets. Nicola is experienced at working with senior leaders, headteachers, teachers, pastoral workers, carers and helpers.

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Why we need reflective spaces at work

Too often, there is simply an expectation that employees should ‘just get on with it’ or ‘toughen up’ but this is rarely any kind of long-term solution. The Francis Inquiry Report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in 2013 highlighted a culture lacking in care as the context for the neglect of and cruelty towards patients. It spurred an interest in the compassionate mind and those at the forefront of good practice in healthcare worked to develop a wider understanding of neuroscience and how compassion is nurtured. It is not in a context of threats, targets and anxiety.

Compassion grows in a supportive environment, working within a common culture, which is congruent with the values and principles of counselling and psychotherapy set out in the BACP Ethical Framework and which are upheld through the process of supervision. It’s inevitable that working with the human condition will impact both our mental health and our energy for our work. If workplaces really want to reduce sickness absence through mental ill health, it means understanding what contributes to making people unwell at work and preventing them becoming sick in the first place. This is the function of reflective supervision – a space to provide regular confidential, emotional and psychological support for staff, contributing towards a more mentally healthy and productive workplace.