Support Hub:
Clinical Supervision for Artists.

The Arts & Health Hub has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to provide a programme of 6 online group supervision sessions for artists working in the health and care sectors.

About

Clinical supervision is a supportive process facilitating personal and professional learning and development, and can be helpful for people working in challenging environments such as hospitals, care homes, prisons, hospices and other health settings.

Supervision can support artists to enhance reflective practices, manage stress, improve self-care and wellbeing, as well as to explore and respond to the unique challenges of working in healthcare settings during the pandemic.

The Programme

The 6 sessions will be facilitated by a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor in a closed group setting of no more than 6 participants. All sessions will take place online.

The programme will encompass a range of solo and group creative activities as well as group discussion, with a focus on exploration and reflection rather than solutions.

As this is a pilot programme, participants will be involved in the development of a monitoring and evaluation process and will be required to feedback across different platforms before, during and after the sessions to improve the experience for all.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to UK based freelance artists working in any medium in a health or social care setting/s, where their work has a stressful and demanding emotional impact. We cannot accept applications from artists working in a salaried position/s.

We regret that we cannot offer support to artists who have not been able to work during the pandemic, as the group will focus on the sharing of current work experiences and challenges.

Essential Dates

Sessions take place on the following dates in 2021, from 2pm — 4pm. You must be able to attend all sessions to be eligible.

  • 26th March
  • 23rd April
  • 21st May
  • 25th June
  • 23rd July
  • 20th August

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for 1:1 supervision?
No – this programme is for group supervision only. If you feel you would benefit from clinical supervision but have any worries or concerns about participating in a group, please indicate these on the application form or email info@artsandhealthhub.org or eve@artsandhealthhub.org.

Are the sessions confidential?
The content of the sessions is shared only with the supervisor and The Support Hub team (Daniel and Eve) unless any safeguarding concerns are raised. Please note that sessions are recorded but are only to be used for internal evaluation purposes and will never be seen by anyone outside of The Support Hub Team.

The feedback you share as part of the programme evaluation will only be discussed within The Support Hub team and will be anonymised within the programme report.

Can I receive practical support?
This programme focuses on emotional and psychological support, rather than practical help, however we can signpost you to other sources of support if beneficial.

Do I need to attend all six sessions?
Yes – availability across all six sessions is required.

Can you give me individualised feedback on why my application was not successful?
We anticipate we will have far more applications than we are able to accommodate (6 places). As a very small team with limited resources, regrettably we are unable to provide individualised feedback on applications.

About our Supervisor: Frederica Brooks

BA (Hons), Dip A.T., SRAsTH(A), MSc (Group Analysis), HCPC reg. CPCAB qualified Supervisor.

After completing a degree in Fine Art, I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist and have been practising for over twenty years. I am also a qualified Group Analyst. I have worked in the NHS and in charities with adults, older adults and young people. My work has included setting up and running group work and art therapy services. My current work of over fourteen years has been offering individual, group analytic therapy and art therapy to young people and adults recovering from torture and trauma. I also facilitate experiential groups for counsellors and therapists in training. I am a qualified clinical supervisor and I offer supervision in groups to practitioners working individually and running groups.

I believe that bringing arts into health spaces is really valuable, and I commend artists in this work. Working in health settings can sometimes be challenging and stressful. It will be important to think about impacts of this on your creativity, yourselves and to discuss self-care.

My role is not to judge, nor to dictate nor change artists into being something else. I will however share reflections on different ways a situation could be approached to ensure the safety of everyone involved so that beneficial work in the placements can continue to be enjoyable. As a group everyone has something to offer on this. I encourage everyone to attend each session even if you may feel you might have little to say. Just being present in and for the group is important for developing trust.

In the supervision sessions I will offer ways you can also use your own creativities as a tool to help reflect on your work in the placements.

Some important themes and dynamics to bear in mind for discussion are:

  • Acknowledging impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on your work and the placements. Impacts of the supervision space being online. (I can send separate guidelines I use for online working in the supervision space.)
  • Impacts of the Pandemic of the physical and psychological well-being of beneficiaries of the placements.
  • The artists in relation to the service users: Diversity, position and power.
  • Why/how placements were chosen, and possible impacts on working in the placements.
  • Artists as outsiders: linking in to the placement structures.
  • Surprises, learning curves and near misses.
  • Impacts on yourselves and your own values/ identities.
  • Self-care.

Supervision group members may wish to suggest other themes too. We can make time for them as they would be very welcome.

How to Apply

This opportunity is open to freelance artists working in any medium in a health or social care setting/s, where their work has a stressful and demanding emotional impact. We cannot accept applications from artists working in a salaried position/s.

We regret that we cannot offer support to artists who have not been able to work during the pandemic, as the group will focus on the sharing of current work experiences and challenges.

Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 28th February. Successful applicants will be notified by March 5th.

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