Supervision of Students
I offer supervision hours to professionals and students looking to attain supervision hours to meet requirements for the designations: CCPA; Marriage and Family Therapy; AAMFT/OAMFT; Art therapy; Social work – BSW or RSW. Supervision is often sought out by therapists who wish to deepen and enrich their clinical practice and to provide additional accountability and quality of service to their clients.
*Laurie Ponsford-Hill is now an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.
Accepting students for internships, practicums or student placements, are one on one supervision, group supervision, on site, or can be organized for in your practice or remote supervision by phone, Skype etc.
Students and Practitioners are responsible for their own liability insurance, provide documentation of requirements needed for themselves and/or their program and must provide a formal agreement of expectations
Experience provided: In House
Opportunities to observe supervisors at work with individuals, families, couples, children. A wide range of presenting issues for client case loads of all ages and stages of life and facilitation of group work can be organized. Case notes, recorded sessions, role plays, co-therapy, live supervision,and groups are opportunities for supervision sessions provided. Special observational rooms using one way mirrors provided for supervision or research.
Therapeutic Use of Self for anyone engaged with clients. You do not need to be an artist to participate in this process. Reflections of the Self- an artistic expression of being.
As a professional it is helpful to pause and reflect on your inner and outer self in order to nurture and protect your creativity. It is important to your well-being to assess your therapeutic use of self on an ongoing basis. Taking time to assess where you are in the present, what might be hidden and how you are experiencing your sense of self in life and in practice is an important element to be able to identify where you might be off balance.
To engage in a therapeutic use of self-reflective practice is to assess the self in a one hour weekly practice to provide a one-hour resting place weekly in order to engage in your creativity.
Once per month join me in a consultation/supervision experience for an in-depth and personal one-hour consultation/supervision and dialogue in an arts-based process to inspire your creative self as you have the opportunity to Reflect, Renew and Respond. Together we will explore your Therapeutic Use of Self in a reflective dialogue.
Full-bodied Self-portrait drawing, Self-Reflection Simple materials are required for this process.
- A blank journal 8.5 x 11, heavy weight quality or photocopy paper
- Markers or pencil crayons
- At the end of the workweek or after a day that stands out, for you to sit for 5 or so minutes to create a full-bodied self-portrait and then reflect on the resulting image for the remainder of the time allotted (rest of hour) in your journal
- One hour monthly conversation via Skype or phone in reflection of the resulting images over a period of the month
Discussion with a colleague in consultation or supervision as witness, is more likely to lead to a positive outcome of exploration of underlying concerns of issues that is hard for each individual to unearth on their own. The process facilitates increased self-awareness, clarity of role and purpose, the opportunity to engage with the imagination, create solutions to ongoing issues as well as an opportunity to re-balance and engage in self-care.
The holding environment offers listening without judgement, while thinking aloud to reflect on worldview, values, beliefs, and identify personal and professional issues, as well as the recognition of areas of experiencing countertransference, critically examining professional use of self, and gaining in self-understanding.
Therapeutic use of self consists of intentional nonverbal behaviour and reactions reflected in transparent engagement.
Many therapists today feel they have little time for their artistic/creative selves. The frustration is rooted in the belief that artistic creativity can only be nourished and enjoyed when all of the professional responsibilities, tasks and challenges of business life have been met. Also that the creative spirit needs to be met in complicated and large creative tasks. Meanwhile there is an increase in ‘clinification’ and a longing for a union with creative spirit in the midst of endless distractions. The term ‘clinification’ is defined as “the increasing in the everyday clinical aspects of work while decreasing in creative expression”.
- What if your creative/artistic self and self-reflective practice of self-care could be integrated and inextricably woven into the fabric of everyday practice?
- How would it feel to be in connection with your creative inner child?
- What if you were inspired to look through the lens of imagination and gain in self-awareness and new insight?
- How different would your life and work be if you lived each work day as your authentic creative self to meet whatever your context and environment requires of you?
- What if you became the creative arts therapist of your multi-faceted life in a co-creative connection with your therapeutic use of self?
Ultimately, my doctoral work was a catalyst for a research journey to seek answers to seeming unending questions. Questions that arose from the realization that ‘clinification’ does take place after a period of time. Work seems to expand to fill the time each day while there is a slow decrease in artistic practice and a slow decease in self-care that starts to take place as well. I learned through my own experience and my doctoral research that it is important not to diminish self-care and artistic practice but to learn from them.
I discovered that self-care, self-reflection and artistic practice can be linked. Each self-portrait created was like a stepping stone on a pathway that can lead deeper and deeper into a forest of self-discovery revealing new insight and new vision.
Perhaps these concerns are nudging you as well.
- I need new eyes to see, a new lens to observe the true nature of a moment. How do I see myself, and what are the things that are causing me concern or standing in my path?
- What is necessary for maintenance of therapeutic use of self?
- How will I arrange my life and practice to experience engagement with the creative use of self?
- What practices do I require to nurture my work and enrich myself?
The self-portrait weekly reflective practice encourages the therapist to engage in and critically reflect on her or his therapeutic use of self with clients either in supervision or in consultation.
The more aware the practitioner is of her or his reactions the less likely it is that these will compromise relationship. Rather than ignore the self, the practitioner needs to be able to use his/herself to facilitate self-change through the use of transparency, genuineness and self-disclosure, as a means for recognizing the self of the practitioner.
The engagement between artwork and artist provides the opportunity for self-understanding and growth. The self-portrait can serve as a transitional object, encouraging the artist to confront and work through feelings he or she has about others, based on past disappointments and provides the opportunity for corrective emotional experience.
The process of the engagement with the creation and reflection on the full-bodied self-portrait can provide the practitioner with here and now disclosures of self-involvement and be self-revealing about the many selves of the individual.
Self-awareness plays a critical role in the appropriate use of self in the engagement with others.
Take time for your self-care and join in this amazing process!
Supervision Experience with The Counselling House and Supervisor Laurie Ponsford-Hill
“Having the opportunity to work alongside Laurie Ponsford-Hill was truly a blessing and a great learning experience for me. Not only is Laurie supportive as a supervisor; she is a superb counsellor. At The Counselling House I was able to observe individual, couples, and family therapy sessions, as well as participate in co-facilitation. I was regularly invited to complete new client intakes, and had a healthy amount of my own clients to work with throughout my required hours. The Counselling House also allowed me to develop and facilitate a group therapy program which assisted me in obtaining the required hours for my degree.
Each week Laurie and I would find a meeting time and work through client issues, and discuss personal and professional development. Laurie’s flexible approach made me feel comfortable as a new counsellor, and her abilities as a psychotherapist were admirable to observe and gave me something to strive for. I would highly recommend those looking for supervision hours to set up a time and meet with Laurie. This was the perfect stepping stone into what I hope will be a successful career as well as a future counselling contact in the field.”
Ashley Hurst MACP 2014
“Completing my placement with The Counselling House has prepared me to enter a position in the private practice sector. Dr. Ponsford-Hill has an extensive list of qualifications that has been crucial in becoming trained with working with individual, family and couple clients. Dr. Ponsford-hill offers helpful feedback while still allowing you to become yourself as a counsellor. Dr. Ponsford-Hill allows you to become an independent thinker and challenges you to develop ideas unique to your own style of therapy. Dr. Ponsford-Hill positively stresses the importance of self of the therapist and respect in the position of therapist and counsellor. Working with Dr. Ponsford-Hill has allowed me to work independently, grow and improve my work with clients and myself as a therapist through exploring various theories, becoming aware of my own behaviours, and education on topics of therapy not covered in my education.”
Corrie Elliott, NCU Marriage and Family Therapy Program
- A Phenomenological arts based study of art therapists self reflective practice by Laurie Ponsford-Hill
- A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Art Therapists Integrating Self-Portraiture by Laurie-Ponsford Hill
- Cover of The Trumpeter Winter 92
- Photogenic Drawings by Laurie-Ponsford Hill