“I NOT ONLY USE THE BRAIN I HAVE, BUT I ALSO BORROW WHAT I CAN GET.”
[Thomas Woodrow Wilson]
Collegial supervision is a counseling session in a self-directed group with hierarchically equal persons. The group advises one member of the group at a time according to a defined procedure. The aim of the consultation is to develop solutions to a question or problem from everyday professional life or to help those seeking advice to cope with difficult professional situations.
The method was developed from various forms of collegial exchange, such as the Balint groups among physicians. In the 1970s, collegial counseling was increasingly used with teachers. In the 1980s, a simple counseling structure was developed for this purpose, allowing the group to consult on cases without the help of a psychologist. From this, various forms of Collegial Consulting emerged, which have become known as “Reflecting Team”, “Collegial Consulting and Supervision”, “Interversion”, “Collegial Supervision”, “Collegial Team Coaching”, “Cooperative Consulting” or “Leadership Group Coaching”. For a detailed description of collegial consulting, see Tietz, Kim-Oliver: Kollegiale Beratung, Problemlösungen gemeinsam entwickeln, Rowohlt, 2003.
The ideal group size for Collegial Consulting is 5-7 participants: 1 facilitator, 1 caseworker, and 3-5 consultants.
The process is guided by the facilitator and has clear time boxes that give structure and focus to the setting.
The time investment is 1.5-2 hours
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