A Contract for NVR group Supervision with Parentline volunteers & Margaret Gilbert, NVR practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer @ changingtracks4life


The purpose of Parentline supervision is to enhance the practice of NVR volunteers working with the principles of Non-Violent Resistance Parenting program.


 We will meet every 6 weeks on a Zoom Pro platform for one year (6 x 2-hour group sessions). Advance booking in for sessions is required for each session. Booking link and date for next session will be distributed by Parentline in advance of all sessions. On registering for each supervision session, you will be asked to tick a box confirming you have read and agreed to the supervision contract.

Supervisees are encouraged to keep their own notes of the sessions.

 Responsibility of the supervisee

Adhere to the policies and practices of the Parentline organisation and any professional bodies and registrations to which you are affiliated to, noting that clinical responsibility for practice lies with the supervisee and their employing/volunteering organisation Parentline.

Highlight own learning needs during the life of the group supervision

Explore a range of learning opportunities and styles

Practice the skill of self-reflexivity and relational reflexivity i.e. acknowledge own development and needs and respond thoughtfully to feedback from other team members and the supervisor.

Explore areas of difference and diversity and how aspects of our own lived experience can affect our work.

 Responsibility of the Supervisor

 Adhere to Parentline Policies and Procedures and the professional standards of the NVR association.

Provide a range of learning opportunities to meet the agreed learning needs of the supervisees.

Share acquired skills, knowledge and theory with the supervisee and be transparent about own learning needs within the supervisory relationship, hence modelling vulnerability by being willing to discuss their own therapeutic dilemmas.

Create a space that is safe enough for the supervisee to disclose issues that may involve vulnerability, and to manage that together.

Provide a range of methods to feedback on the supervisees’ development e.g. constructive feedback; micro points; feedback from other team members; self-reflexive evaluation.

Share with supervisees how aspects of difference and diversity affect the supervisor’s work as a clinician and supervisor.

Encourage challenge and questions about aspects of the work together.

Distinguish boundaries between clinical supervision and personal therapy.

Be clear about the limitations of responsibility of the supervisor, for example, knowing when a solution may not be found, and simply ‘sitting with stuckness’ may be required, and knowing when NVR may have achieved all that is possible in the circumstances prevailing at the point in time.

 Review of Contract

The contract is open to review at any point during the supervisory contract.

If tensions between supervisee and supervisor both supervisor and supervisee can seek a one-to-one meeting on zoom to discuss challenges. If the problems remain that CEO Aileen Hickey or another board member will be notified and invited to mediate a solution.

  1. Additional responsibilities when supervision takes place online, for both supervisor and supervisees


To arrive for supervision dressed for a professional conversation in a space which is as free from distraction as possible. The space used should be suitable for a confidential conversation, without interruption. If a phone call needs to be taken, due to personal or professional responsibilities, the other parties will be informed in advance.