Frequently Asked Questions

How will supervision help me, I’ve been an interpreter for 15 years and not had/needed supervision?

Professional supervision helps maintain resilience and continued good practice by addressing and identifying potential burn out, vicarious trauma and difficult interpersonal dynamics with clients, colleagues and agencies.

For freelance practitioners supervision offers a safe and confidential forum in which to discuss their work, to address ‘blind spots’, and to identify and address areas of development to maintain best practice by using appreciative enquiry and supportive challenge.

I have peer supervision with some of my friends who are interpreters, what is different about having a professional supervisor?

Professional supervision is objective and non-judgemental. Peer support can be unwittingly ‘collusive’, and supportive challenge can be difficult. Professional supervision is a contracted professional relationship and involves a specific skills set and knowledge base.

Can I have supervision just when I have a dilemma?

Whilst supervision is used to effectively address dilemmas and concerns it is also used to address ongoing learning and development. The relationship between the Supervisor and Supervisee is paramount and developed over time by meeting for regular appointments – usually monthly.

I have had therapy in the past, isn’t this the same as supervision?

Supervision is a professionally contracted relationship which is different to therapy, as it is primarily a forum in which to address professional practice, not personal issues and concerns. A professional Supervisor however will be equipped to address interpersonal dynamics and self-care within the restorative aspect of the relationship and will use therapeutic interventions to best facilitate any personal impact or relevance to the Supervisees professional maintenance and development.

How much does Supervision cost?

Supervision costs can vary. A professionally qualified supervisor will have undertaken considerable additional training and will be accessing their own regular supervision. Expect to pay £40 – 60 an hour.

What qualifications do I look for when choosing a Supervisor?

There is some variation in courses offered and we suggest you look for Supervisors who have completed either a Diploma in Supervision or a PGCert in Supervision. Both courses include approximately 120 – 150 hours teaching and provide practitioners with the depth and breadth of supervision theory and practice to enable them to become effective Professional Supervisors. This is particularly important for supervisors working outside of counselling and therapy as their practitioner training does not include intra and interpersonal dynamics and awareness necessary when supervising.

Is the Diploma in Supervision accredited?

Generally, Supervisors are accredited by their professional association e.g. BACP, UKCP, however, they are also required to have a qualification in counselling or therapy and so this route is not open to those outside of the profession. As this is not an option 360 Supervision is in the process of accrediting the course. As an independent, bespoke course we are working to ensure that the costs of accreditation are not prohibitive to students.

Will the Diploma qualify me to offer supervision to people from outside my profession?

Yes. The full title of the qualification is a ‘Diploma in Supervision of Sign Language Interpreters and Allied Professionals’. The skills that you learn on the course are transferable and the only professions you would not be able to offer supervision to are counsellors and therapists.