Counsellors are required to engage in supervision in order to reflect on, reflexively review, and extend their practice. Supervision, then, might be understood as a partnership in which the focus of practitioners and supervisors is on ethical and effective practice with all clients. In Aotearoa/New Zealand, there has recently been interest in the implications for supervision of cultural difference, particularly in terms of the Treaty of Waitangi as a practice metaphor, and when non-Māori practitioners counsel Māori clients. This article offers an account of a qualitative investigation by a group of counsellors/supervisors into their experiences of supervision as cultural partnership. Based on interviews and then using writing-as-research, the article explores the playing out of supervision’s contribution to practitioners’ effective and ethical practice in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand, showing a range of possible accounts and strategies and discussing their effects. Employing the metaphor of threshold, the article includes a series of reflections and considerations for supervision practice when attention is drawn to difference.
Journal Article
Type of thesis
Crocket, K., Flanagan, P., Alford, Z., Allen, J., Baird, J., …, Swann, H. (2013). Supervision and culture: Meetings at thresholds. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 33(1), 68-86.
New Zealand Association of Counsellors
This article has been published in the journal: New Zealand Journal of Counselling. Used with permission.