Services For Employers

Clinical supervision

Clinical supervision is considered essential to good professional practice and is required by a range of professional bodies. For employers, it is a cornerstone of quality improvement and assurance. Clinical supervision allows employees to reflect on their practice and explore their emotional reactions to their work in a safe and confidential environment. They can discuss individual cases in depth with their supervisor, identify training or CPD needs and understand how to change their practice in order to improve it. Supervision focuses on supporting staff in their professional and personal development, particularly important for those whose clients have complex and challenging needs. Human Development Scotland's experienced supervisors work with employees in the NHS, social care and third sector to provide high quality and effective, long term supervision.

Employee assistance programmes

Human Development Scotland works with organisations, large and small, to offer counselling and psychotherapy as part of their employee assistance programmes. Employees may seek counselling or therapy at times of change in the organisation or as a result of difficulties in performing their individual role. Our counsellors and therapists have broad experience of working with employees in the public, private and third sectors. Employers commonly refer an individual worker for a maximum number of sessions, often six to eight. Referral to the service is rapid and entirely confidential. HDS counsellors and therapists work to a Code of Ethics and to the standards of the relevant professional associations. At present, counselling and therapy as part of an employee assistant programme is available throughout central Scotland, Fife, Angus, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Reflective practice groups

Continuing professional development groups provide teams and individuals with an opportunity to think about the unconscious factors influencing their day-to-day practice and to reflect on the challenges they face within their work environment. Focused on the role of relationships, including the influence of organisational dynamics, these groups, led by an experienced practitioner, usually comprise six to eight people. The aim is to enhance existing skills, develop new ones and deepen understanding of underlying conflicts. They are most suited to:

  • Professionals working individually with clients, for example counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses and occupational, play, drama, art or nurse therapists.

  • Practitioners working in a range of settings including residential care, education and social care.

  • Service managers.