Reflections on the Experience of Counseling Supervision by a Team of Genetic Counselors from the UK

Anna first authored this article which was published in The Journal of Genetic Counseling
1st April 2007

Abstract

Despite it being generally acknowledged that counseling supervision is a vital part of the work for experienced genetic counselors and not just students, not all practising genetic counselors in the United Kingdom and Eire have access to this yet. This case study documents the supervision experience of our team of genetic counselors from Cambridge in the U.K. We document our retrospective thoughts on working practice before supervision was available in our department. We also give an overview of the individual and collective views of having one-to-one supervision only and then one year later, the impact of adding group supervision. Our 'supervision journey' is recorded using a practitioner-centred approach with a mixed method of data collection. Two focus group discussions and two written questionnaires were used, at different time points to gather attitudes. This paper captures experiences as our practice of supervision has evolved. This work is relevant to practising genetic counselors around the world who either do not yet have access to supervision, are planning its implementation or else are adding different types of supervision to their practice.

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Middleton A, Wiles V, Downing S, Everest S, Kershaw A, et al (2007) Reflections on the Experience of Counseling Supervision by a Team of Genetic Counselors from the UK. Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol. 16, issue 2, pp 143-155