Barbara Bassett - Clinical Supervisor/Jungian Analyst

Wellington-based Barbara completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision to extend her clinical supervision skills.

“I am in private practice in Wellington, offering professional supervision for people in a variety of clinical professions. Using a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approach, I offer a space for people to explore clinical material and the ways in which their work may impact them.

“The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision was a great way for me to broaden my skillset so I could offer supervision to supervisees outside my core discipline, such as social workers. The programme gave me access to excellent course materials that allowed me to think about my supervisory role broadly in terms of my supervisees’ wellbeing, the mandates of their organisations and the needs of their clients.

“Although I’m based in Wellington, the programme is designed to be accessible to anyone in New Zealand, so I was able to complete the programme from a distance. Knowing the timetable, I was able to organise my practice to attend block courses.

“The lecturers were enthusiastic, generous with their time and genuinely interested in our various backgrounds. The classes were very well-prepared and interactive, and I enjoyed choosing my own research topic: the intersecting area between supervision and therapy.

“It was a real bonus to meet my fellow students and get an insight into new fields from them – spanning social work, naturopathy, teaching and nursing. It was also great to refresh my understanding of diversity, a crucial part of supervision.

“The publications that I discovered through the programme continue to inform my practice. I love working in a role where I can support others to find renewed enjoyment in their work, develop resilience and find ways to move through challenging times.”