Safeguarders carry an enormous emotional burden. To be able to hold on to one’s expertise when working in these emotionally demanding roles, we often need a specific kind of support to enable us to process the range of emotions we might experience – because sometimes, these get in the way of being able to think clearly. Furthermore, our clinical experience has demonstrated that when working in such emotionally challenging environments, if the emotional burden is not acknowledged, it could become a drain on one’s emotional resources – ultimately affecting one’s mental health.
Supervision for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s), either individually or in teams, provides this level of support. It offers a space, facilitated by professional psychotherapists, for targeted reflection and help with digesting and processing work-based emotionally difficult and sometimes distressing situations. It offers the opportunity to de-brief and think constructively about the impact of the emotional demands of challenging scenarios. This enables the individual to create important emotional boundaries for themselves, thereby avoiding becoming emotional sponges in difficult environments and maintain their resilience.
HM@W offer a psychodynamic approach to Supervision, delivered by our team of experienced psychotherapists. A psychodynamic approach allows individuals and groups to work at a deeper level, to understand the many emotional responses to complex dynamics often present in the workplace. This helps to tackle those inaccessible issues that hinders performance and can have an impact on one’s emotional and mental health.
Regular psychodynamic supervision sessions can offer a reflective space to help DSLs better understand and manage the psychological impact and emotional demands of their work. This can increase resilience and productivity as well as enabling staff to better support the children and their families emotionally and practically. In particular, those working in safe-guarding are susceptible to burn-out and an increased risk of mental health issues if they are not provided with Supervision from trained professionals.
HealthyMinds@Work consultants are all practising psychotherapists and coaches so often do both within the supervisory space, flexing to the needs of the person or group.