Interprofessional supervision - managing difference Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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A 4 hour online workshop with Dr Allyson Davys

(This session will be recorded for all those who are registered but can't make it on the day)

Traditionally, supervision takes place between a supervisor and a supervisee who share the same professional knowledge and training. Interprofessional supervision which, at its most basic definition, occurs between a supervisor and a supervisee who do not share the same profession or training, is thus a break from tradition. Whilst the past two decades have seen increased acceptance and practice of this mode of supervision, the literature on the topic has been sparse and interprofessional supervision, it has been noted, "is an area where practice is ahead of the research; few studies have investigated how best to deliver effective supervision across disciplinary boundaries" (Bostock, 2016, p. 15).
This half day workshop will be based on the findings of a qualitative study into interprofessional supervision (Davys, 2019) and will consider interprofessional supervision as a specific mode of supervision practice. A map to guide effective interprofessional supervision practice will identify five components of interprofessional supervision: the ideal prerequisites for engagement, qualities brought by participants, developing the relationship, conducting the supervision session, and the importance of adjunctive professional relationships.  

This workshop will be suitable for participants who have attended introductory training or workshops on reflective supervision.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Identify and consider the benefits and limitations of interprofessional supervision 
  2. Present a framework for interprofessional supervision practice
  3. Explore how to establish an interprofessional supervision relationship 
  4. Understand how to respect and manage diversity within the interprofessional supervision relationship  

Interprofessional supervision recognises the value that comes from an enquiring, curious position, where the model and understanding of supervision is more "important" than knowledge of the discipline the supervisee works in. It is likely to enhance the supervisee's practice because the supervisor really seeks to understand why a person/profession does things in particular ways. It levels the playing field in that neither person is the "content" expert for the other, so the supervisee really has to find their own solutions. When both are from the same profession, there is more unevenness in the relationship, and more temptation to provide answers from one's own experience. (Research participant)

Bostock, L. (2016). Interprofessional supervision in services to adults: Supervision, outcomes and what next for research and practice. In L. Bostock (Ed.), Interprofessional Staff Supervision in Adult Health and Social Care Services (Vol. 1, pp. 89-92). Brighton; England: Pavilion Publishing.

Davys, A. (2019). Interprofessional supervision: Mapping the interface between professional knowledge, practice imperatives and difference, (Doctor of Philosophy). University of  Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.  Retrieved from

Dr Allyson Davys

Dr Allyson Davys (B Soc Stud; MSW; PhD) is a registered social worker who has practised social work in different social work contexts (statuary, health, not for profit and private) and has a long involvement with the tertiary education sector through teaching, research, leadership and management. 
Allyson has a long-established interest in professional supervision with a particular focus on supervision which spans professions. Until the end of 2021 she taught on a post graduate course on professional supervision at the University of Auckland and delivers professional supervision training workshops to a range of organisations and professions. For the past five years these have included workshops co- delivered with psychologists, Beverley Burns and Fiona Howard. Her private supervision practice provides professional supervision to practitioners and managers from a range of professions. She has researched and published widely on supervision, co-authored two supervision texts and has recently completed doctoral research on inter-professional supervision. 

Davys, A., & Beddoe, L. (2021). Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A Guide for the Helping Professions (2nd ed.). Jessica Kingsley.
Beddoe, L., & Davys, A. (2016). Challenges in professional supervision: Current themes and models for practice. Jessica Kingsley.

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