Group Supervision or Reflective practice – What is the difference?

Welcome to our latest blog post where we demystify two key concepts in the world of therapy and professional development: Systemic Reflective Practice Groups and Group Supervision. While both are invaluable in a therapist’s journey, they serve distinct purposes and offer different benefits.

What is a Systemic Reflective Practice Group? A Systemic Reflective Practice Group is a space where professionals come together to reflect on their work and its impact on their personal and professional selves. It’s less about case discussion and more about understanding the dynamics and emotions involved in therapeutic work.

Benefits of Reflective Practice:

  1. Increased Self-awareness: It helps therapists understand their own reactions and feelings in response to their work.
  2. Enhanced Professional Growth: Reflective practice fosters deeper learning about oneself and one’s professional practice.
  3. Improved Client Care: By understanding their own responses, therapists can provide more attuned and effective care to their clients.
  4. Supportive Peer Learning: It creates a supportive environment where peers can share and learn from each other’s experiences, it is a generative process where by therapist can leave with some ideas to move stuck cases or a different conceptualisation of their work.

What is Group Supervision? Group Supervision, on the other hand, is more structured and case-focused. It involves discussing specific client cases with a supervisor and peers to gain insights, guidance, and feedback on therapeutic techniques and client management strategies.

Comparing the Two:

  • Focus: Reflective Practice focuses on the therapist’s personal and emotional journey, while Group Supervision concentrates on client cases and therapeutic strategies.
  • Structure: Reflective Practice is often more fluid and open-ended, whereas Group Supervision has a more structured approach to case analysis.
  • Outcome: The aim of Reflective Practice is personal growth and emotional insight, while Group Supervision seeks to enhance clinical skills and client outcomes.

In conclusion, both Systemic Reflective Practice Groups and Group Supervision are essential in a therapist’s professional development. Reflective Practice allows for personal growth and emotional resilience, enhancing the therapist’s ability to connect with and understand their clients. Group Supervision, meanwhile, sharpens clinical skills and therapeutic efficacy. Embracing both approaches can lead to a well-rounded and deeply fulfilling therapeutic practice.

Calm Together is keen to share the benefits of Reflective Practice and runs a group online for a small group of practitioners as part of our Harmony Hub Community. For more information please see.

Stay tuned for more insights and tips on enhancing your therapeutic practice here on our blog!

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