What challenges are parent-infant practitioners facing?

Jill Capstick is a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She trained at the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Leeds and is accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). She is currently completing the Advanced Parent-Infant Therapist training with OXPIP.

We asked NCSPIR Supervisor Jill Capstick what she is learning about the challenges currently facing parent-infant practitioners, and how group NCSPIR Supervision can help.

Q: What are practitioners looking for from NCSPIR Supervision?

A: “The first thing people want to know is that supervision offers them a safe space where they can share what is worrying them, what they feel unsure about, what they are puzzling about. This is particularly the case for practitioners who are in new roles around parent-infant relationships through Family Hubs.

I reassure them that I am someone they can feel comfortable with and that the safeguarding parameters are in place to support them. Most people are bringing previous personal and professional experience to their new roles, and I think they are often relieved to understand that I recognise the validity of that.”

Q: What are the most common challenges facing practitioners?

A: “Practitioners are coming to us with a variety of issues which tend to fall into three categories. Firstly there are feelings of newness and uncertainty, particularly around meeting families for the first time. Secondly there are concerns around defining roles and boundaries, thinking about beginning work and how to frame sessions and finally how to juggle the different aspects of their role including balancing caseload demand, weighing up families’ needs and managing the practical realities of the referral processes.”

Q: What are the main benefits of NCSPIR Supervision for practitioners?

A: “It is early days, but I can already see the group setting is valuable because supervisees are in similar roles across Family Hubs. These sessions provide a containing space to hear about other people’s work, gather new ideas and find inspiration. Our sessions are also an opportunity to talk about feelings that might be bothering individuals which, for example, touch on their own personal experiences. There is undoubtedly a lot to be gained from knowing that there are others alongside you, experiencing similar challenges.”

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