Tips for NZSL interpreters working in platform settings
Supervision and counseling
What is supervision?
Supervision is a confidential, professional relationship between a Supervisor and Supervisee where the latter is offered the space and time to focus on reflective practice. The Supervisee is supported to explore their reactions to, and consequent impact on, work based issues in order to enhance their understanding of the work they do and the effect they have on any given situation.
It is aimed at all practitioners from new graduates to experienced. Ideally supervision is ongoing and regular; it is important that supervision is not simply
used as a response to a crisis.
Supervision can be on a one-to-one basis or as a facilitated group activity, either
face to face or via an online platform such as Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. Sessions are Supervisee-led; it is the Supervisee’s responsibility to come to the session with an agenda, and with a readiness to identify goals. The Supervisor will guide the Supervisee to examine issues relating to their practice, help to uncover and challenge any blind-spots, and provide a restorative function for events or assignments where the Supervisee has felt emotionally traumatised.
Supervision reflects upon issues beyond technical interpreting skills; for example relationship dynamics, emotional and psychological responses, vicarious trauma, career questions.
Supervisors undergo supervision themselves, and should have undertaken
supervision training at post-graduate level. Supervision can be provided by
professionals trained in other disciplines (such as social work or counseling) as
well as by suitably qualified interpreters.
What is Counseling?
Counseling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to
discuss their personal problems in a safe, confidential environment. In general it
is a process people seek when they want to change something in their personal
lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. It can also be
sought in order to work through personal traumatic events that have a lasting
Counseling can be offered on a one-to-one basis, or in group sessions, or for
family or couple therapy. The sessions can be face to face or online.
Counseling is aimed at anyone and everyone who is experiencing personal
issues such as addiction, mental health, bereavement, bullying, illness, trauma,
abuse, relationship difficulties. It offers the space and freedom to explore one’s
own thoughts with an unbiased party. Counseling can help people to better
understand themselves and their thinking, which ultimately helps to develop a
clearer understanding of their personal problems. It can also help people to
understand other people’s points of view, which can shed light onto the way
words or actions are perceived.
Counseling is provided by professionals with appropriate training, such as
counseling and/or psychotherapy; counselors must be registered with the
appropriate professional body in their country of practice.
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