Supervision Training

Supervision training in an HOG- project forced us into new territory, because we did not have previous similar experiences.

Our job with HOG was to develop a concept for a supervision training that would satisfy our education requirements, and that was possible to implement on the spot in Bosnia. We gradually planned the different stages of the project throughout the duration of the project, we adjusted the training conditions to match our requirements over time and we had to adapt to the conditions of the project on an ongoing basis.

First of all, it was important for us to get an impression of the knowledge of the Bosnian colleagues. They had completed various basic trainings with our English and Dutch colleagues. Besides, the clinical experience they had varied greatly from person to person: some of them had been practising for many years, while others had a more limited experience.

 

The supervision training can be described in 3 stages:

1.     2004 – middle of 2005: We started with supervision of cases in the context of teacher trainings taking place once a month. First, the participants went through the experience of being supervised by presenting a difficult case, then asking the group as well as the supervisor (the HOG guest teacher) for support, comments and feedback. That also meant they let others see their mistakes, a step that requires courage and encourages the development of trust in their colleagues.

2.     2005 – 2006: Since I stayed in Sarajevo for 9 months, we were able to establish a supervision teaching group that took place once a month, which meant that we had more time and more continuity in the teaching of the theory of how to implement supervision sessions and how to handle case management. Our Bosnian colleagues gradually began to exercise the role of supervisors. Their competence gradually increased to the point that they were able to manage difficult group situations.

3.     From the summer of 2006 onwards: After the intensive training phase with the teaching supervisor, the group was now self-dependent and was putting in practice things they had learned. Furthermore, the future supervisors experienced both roles: one time they brought in a case and another time they directed the case discussion. Every few months, one or two HOG-supervisors joined the group and watched, corrected and made comments, and gave further theory input when necessary.

 

One week of “general rehearsal” took place in June 2007, which let them experience conditions similar to an examination. The future supervisors had now to supervise a case on their own, then the group reflected and provided feedback that showed they could professionally evaluate the work of their colleagues.

After another 6 months of practicing and furthering the experience, the group was ready for the final examination for the supervision part, which took place in November 2007. Seven candidates sat for the examination and, similar to the rehearsal, each day there were one or two case managements, each case taking place in an individual setting of supervision.

Success!

Happy and proud, our six female colleagues and the male colleague were holding in hand their diploma of supervisor of homeopathy, and we were looking back at 4 intensive and moving years of this unique project which stimulated us to develop a new method and aninnovative concept of teaching.

 

Rosemarie Kaiser, project supervisor

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Background:

The Winter Olympics 1984 took place in Sarajevo as well as in the mountains of its region.

Since 1992, Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its declaration of independence of Yugoslavia led to the war of Bosnia, in which Sarajevo was a hard-fought city.

The city of Sarajevo has a population of 304.000 and approx. 500.000 people live in the metropolitan area of Sarajevo. Therefore, Sarajevo is the city in this country with the most population.

During the war in Bosnia, Sarajevo was divided into one of the Bosnian and Herzegovina government controlled Bosnia-Croatian part and into one of the Republic of Serbian Krajina controlled Serbian part which shelled each other. The part controlled by the government troops (the city centre and the old town also belong to it) was beleaguered for exactly 1425 days.

The siege began on 5th April 1992 and is the longest siege in the history of the city. The core of Sarajevo was completely surrounded. Due to this siege and battles, 10,615 people from all ethnic groups including 1,601 children were killed according to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Approx. 50,000 people were partly seriously injured by shells, mines or marksmen.

More background to the war in Bosnia, you will find in our book-documentation about the project in Mostar.