The most important aspects of supervision from a personal perspective:

Supervision is a special form of counseling that uses diverse approaches and methods to help individuals, teams and groups to make their work more constructive, effective and enjoyable. It forms a part of quality control and contributes enormously towards maintaining the emotional and mental health of highly stressful areas of work.

Individual supervision objects can be highly diverse:

Case supervision focuses primarily on the reflection of vocational activity (methodological competence and variation, role behavior and client-related diagnosis).

Team supervision deals more with team interaction, cooperation and team culture as well as accompanying structural and/or content processes.

Although the transference and projection effects , "blind spots" and the feelings and values of the supervision participants can form part of any supervision, they form the major focus of individual supervision sessions.

In my experience all three areas share the central question as to how to "leave work at work".

Finally, a word on the difference between supervision and coaching.
For me, both procedures are identical with regard to the methods used. In the field of social work we tend to use the term "supervision", whilst the business world prefers the term "coaching". So the difference is more one of interpretation than substance.

My Approach to Supervision:

Over almost 20 years of vocational experience I have gradually developed and refined my own personal style of supervision. Since my earliest years of training I have been aware of the systemic, analytic and Gestalt approaches to supervision and these now form a part of my work, given that I greatly enjoy being able to choose between different methods in order to find the best way of dealing with the problem at hand.

However it is the psychodrama method that I found most interesting and convincing and which I also pursued in more depth via additional vocational training. I regard this approach as being extraordinarily effective, as it manages to easily include non-cognitive knowledge and makes it possible to quickly establish both the core issues of any given problem as well as the outlines of a solution.

As I have completed my training as an instructor for Energy Balance Dance some years ago, I also like to include elements from the fields of movement and body work in supervision sessions, as appropriate for the given subject and situation. This often provides access to an additional layer of insight and can illuminate and explain a topic in the quickest way possible.

Major Areas of Work:

Services for the disabled
Marital and family counseling
Institutions for children and young people
Family assistance
Counseling for women
Clinics (psychiatry, oncology, internal medicine)