One of the services I offer is professional supervision/coaching and mentoring for managers, CEOs, senior staff, and practitioners.

What is professional supervision/coaching/mentoring?

Regular meetings with an independent person with training, skills, and knowledge to help you to reflect on your work practice with a goal towards improvement. These meetings can happen at your workplace or outside of the workplace , and are confidential. From the outset, a contract will be established that includes specific goals, frequency of meeting, etc. Each session (whether weekly , fortnightly or monthly is centred around your goals and is followed with associated “homework” to assist you to move toward achieving your goals.
Specifically, you get a chance to: review your work with an independent, confidential, highly trained professional; explore your feelings around work (such as excitement, frustration, anxiety, discouragement, or even boredom); receive objective feedback and guidance related to work issues/decisions; identify and plan for self-care if necessary; and/or develop professional skills (e.g., time management, problem-solving, managing relationships with others, avoiding procrastination) as well as obtain ideas and information related to competence, ethics, standards, etc.

What are the benefits of coaching/mentoring/professional supervision?

It provides you with an objective, non-judgmental, and qualified perspective, offering both support (for your successes and your failures) and skills for improving your work performance. It is about taking care of yourself, and about becoming more self-aware and skilled. Lack of supervision, on the other hand, can lead you to feel unappreciated, defensive, and burned out. This then contributes to decreased effectiveness at work and in other areas of life, increased absences from work, physical and emotional difficulties, more conflict among workmates, and numerous other problems.

This service can assist with:

  • Less stress/more effectiveness
  • Less conflict in your workplace
  • Better productivity and efficiency for your staff
  • Better workplace relationships
  • Better job satisfaction

How do I organise professional supervision for myself

Some workplaces pay for an employee’s professional supervision (either as part of an EAP service or separately), but in other cases people pay for their own. If you have an EAP scheme at work, contact your Human Resources person to discuss the possibility of professional supervision. Alternatively, see your work supervisor or manager

Who can get coaching/mentoring professional supervision?

Anyone — in any type of work — can benefit from professional supervision. The only requirement is a wish to increase effectiveness at work, whether you are a GP, business manager, nurse, a police officer, psychologist, social worker, university staff member, principal, teacher, childcare worker, mental health support worker, lawyer, and human resources specialist, just to name a few. Others likely to benefit from professional supervision include: team leaders, any physical and mental health practitioners, emergency service personnel (e.g., Fire Service, ambulance), those who interact frequently with the public, CEOs, politicians, public servants, etc.

What do I Offer

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I offer services to individuals, couples, families, agencies and communities.

  • Counselling
  • Consulting
  • Professional supervision to CEOs/Managers/senior staff
  • Review programs
  • Advice to NGOs
  • Facilitate stakeholder linkages
  • Toowoomba Darling Downs & South West Qld
  • Regional, Rural & Remote specialist
  • Contracted services to NGOs

Meet Barry

Barry Sheehan

    20 years experience

As a psychologist, manager, CEO and supervisor. Barry has worked extensively with individuals, couples, families, agencies, communities as well as with managers and of NGOs and NFPs in many parts of regional rural Queensland.