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What is supervision?

Professional supervision is a common practice among psychologists that deserves to be more widely known and adopted by dietitians. It is the perfect complement to continuing education, covering professional, clinical and personal aspects. It supports and improves practice and enhances professional well-being.

Supervision is a confidential, structured and formal process, based on trust and mutual respect, where the supervisor is committed to providing support and an opportunity for reflection and learning in a safe space.

Why should I participate in supervision?

Working with clients with eating disorders can be demanding and time-consuming, especially when we don't feel equipped to do so. Being able to seek guidance and share the challenges we face in our practice can make all the difference. Feeling supported at different levels and being accompanied in knowing how to set limits as a dietitian can also help professionals gain confidence and self-respect.

Types of supervision

Individual supervision

Tailored to meet the dietitian’s needs, whether focused on discussing specific clinical cases, better understanding how to use certain intervention tools or addressing certain delicate or difficult situations experienced with their clientele.

Group supervision

Includes 2-5 dietitians and is meant to be a safe and confidential space dedicated to sharing and exchanging. Group sessions provide a platform for discussing clinical cases, developing new skills, engaging in thought-provoking conversations, normalizing challenges that participants might experience in their practice, and learning how to use new intervention tools.

Professional supervision has become an indispensable part of my practice. Supervision meetings are enriching and allow me not only to validate my interventions in order to build my confidence, but also to gain an additional perspective that can often make a big difference in the progress of certain cases.
Judith Perrault, M.Sc.
Registered Dietitian