Workshop: Using Supervision for Animal Welfare Workers Operating Remotely During a Pandemic. With Bronwen Williams and Sam Chubbock

Start Date: Friday 1 July 2022

Finish Date: Friday 1 July 2022

Event Time: 15.00 to 16.00

Event Location: Online

This workshop offers an introduction for those from animal welfare and new to supervision. It will also be of interest to those familiar with supervision who would like to explore how it can be used in a perhaps less traditional area of work.

Early in the pandemic, a UK based animal welfare organisation used group supervision to support staff to develop specific skills gained previously in Behaviour Change / Motivational Interviewing courses. These groups became important, in the most restricted times during the pandemic, for participants to have ongoing contact, support and interaction in formal, facilitated supervision. The groups were run using Motivational Interviewing as the main underpinning method for all involved.

This workshop will be presented by the supervisor involved and one of the key group members who will describe what they experienced, what was learnt and the feedback given by participants in the groups. It will describe how Motivational Interviewing compliments and enhances supervision practice. We will look at what animal welfare organisations and workers might take from this and how supervision might be used by others working in this field.

We will explore how difficult conversations, such as discussions about euthanasia, were often themes. Participants found the group supervision experience, with listening from others, allowed them to reflect. This supported increased confidence as well as reduced isolation and emotional burden of the work.

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