Using reflective questioning within the clinical supervision session
Updated: Jun 14
One tool used widely by Supervisors within the Clinical Supervision framework is the use of reflection questions. Using reflective questioning within clinical supervision encourages practitioners to examine their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to their work with clients. By reflecting on these aspects of their work, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, our clients, and the therapeutic process.
Here are some examples of reflection questions that may be used by your supervisor in clinical supervision and what they are used to bring out:
What were some of the challenges you faced in your work with this client?
Reflecting on challenges can help you identify areas where you may need additional support or training. It can also help you explore and develop strategies for addressing similar challenges in the future.
How did you feel during your session with this client?
Exploring personal feelings can help you, as a practitioner, to identify transference, countertransference reactions and biases that may be affecting your work with clients.
What was your client's response to your interventions?
Examining client responses can help evaluate the effectiveness of your interventions and identify where to make adjustments as needed.
What impact did your client's presenting problem have on you?
Reflecting on the impact of clients' presenting problems can help identify areas of personal growth and development. The impact may not be apparent in the initial client sessions - it may be helpful to reflect on this question regularly whilst working with them.
How did you manage your own emotions during the session?
Working with clients can be hard going emotionally which does take its toll. Exploring how you manage your own emotions within the professional setting can assist you in developing strategies for your self-care and prevent burnout.
What did you learn from your work with this client?
Reflecting on what the learning has been from working with a particular client can help explore where you are integrating new areas of knowledge into your practice, enhance your professional skills and building your confidence as a practitioner.
What could you have done differently in this session?
As you might expect, this question helps identify and explore alternative options, areas for improvement and the space to consider the session from other points of view.
In summary therefore, reflection questions are a powerful tool for enhancing the effectiveness of clinical supervision. By encouraging counsellors and practitioners to examine their work in a thoughtful and intentional way, reflection questions can help develop skills, gain new insights, and ultimately provide more effective treatment to clients.
Download this guide to Reflective Questions in Supervision