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Transformational supervision (Ablett & Taylor, 2019, model)

August 11, 2019

This year, on May 24, I had the great privilege of attending a beautiful and intimate Clinical Supervision workshop, run by Jo Ablett, of Into Blue Expressive Therapies and Cheryl Taylor, of Kunaurra Counselling in Melbourne, at Melbournestyle Art Gallery.

It was such a lovely day, meeting like-minded professionals and really just a chance to deeply reflect, creatively process and truly revitalise our counselling clinical supervisory practice. It was also nice to gather and join the attendees at lunch and reflect over our learning.

I particularly liked the venue – an art gallery – it allowed us all to be in a creative, beginner’s and open-learning frame of mind (Kabat-Zinn, 2012).

I found the expressive art therapy cards beautiful and the way everything was handled on the day was filled with compassion and empathy.

The inner and the outer layers of myself matched the joy and learning from the day. So, it is not lost that I learned the new methods and approach of Ablett and Taylor’s Transformational Supervision (Ablett & Taylor, 2019) model. Really, compassion, creativity and process is at the heart of therapy, leadership and supervision – and all of these were reflected in the learning of the model (Brown, 2015; Brown, 2018).

As a creative practitioner, the transformational supervision model (Ablett & Taylor, 2019), really suits my style and my artistic sensibility as a practitioner, person and holistic helper in the field.

I hold gratitude and privilege for being able to attend such a transformative training day, regarding this transformational supervisory model.

Working continuously as Butterfly Courage over the past 13 years, and still holding these transformational concepts within my counselling, personal and supervisory practice, this training was really aligned. It also extended and enlivened my supervisory work.

I would highly recommend attending and finding out more about the transformational supervisory model, especially if you’d like to tap into your creativity and compassionate side. I have been able to use and implement many of the concepts into my practice, since the workshop, with ease, after the training in May.


Ablett, J., & Taylor, C. (2019). Super Vision for Supervisors: Approaches to Supervision [Workshop, 24 May, 2019]. Retrieved from

Brown, B. (2015). Daring greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we

live, love, parent, and lead. New York, NY: Penguin.

Brown, B. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave work. Tough conversations. Whole hearts. London,

UK: Penguin Random House.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2012). Mindfulness for beginners: Reclaiming the present moment – and your life. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.

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