Have you thought about starting a peer supervision group? It’s a great way to get feedback from colleagues, combat the isolation of a private practice, and even gain cross-referrals. Where do you start? How do you structure the group? What do you cover in the group? Who needs to be in the group? You can see that this topic gives way to many questions about making it work. Today’s show dives into the nuts and bolts of a peer supervision group. Now’s your chance to learn more!
Jill Kaufman, MSW, LCSW, has a private practice in Princeton, NJ. She’s here to talk about how to start and build the format for a peer supervision group. We’ll discuss how to know what topics to cover, how many members you should have, common formats and structures, and the pros and cons of a topic-based group. Today’s episode is the first in a two-part series with Jill on this topic, so don’t miss Episodes 175 and 176!
What We’ll Learn
- The basics of a peer supervision group: peers who meet to provide support for each other in a variety of ways
- Why peer supervision groups are especially beneficial for those in private practice
- How the group can bring clinical AND business support
- The fear and cockiness around sharing ideas and admitting you need help and support
- Figuring out the topic for the group
- Why having a variety of backgrounds in the group members is a good thing
- The biggest pros of a topic-based group:
- You can dive deep into the topic
- All members are interested in the same areas
- The biggest cons of a topic-based group:
- You aren’t exposed to other areas of practice
- There are limits on the referral potential
- How to determine the number of members, depending on your group goals
- The general format for Jill’s group, which includes some food and drink, presentation of cases, and time to focus on the topic at hand
- Why there is safety in the group when you share your vulnerabilities and strengths
- How Jill’s group members connected to start the group initially
- Why you’re missing out if you are in private practice and not in a peer supervision group!
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