Why is clinical consultation important?
Clinical consultation is an essential component of good clinical practice. This is based on the assumption that clinicians who have confidence in their own clinical skill set and purpose can better manage the emotional dimension of the work while continuing to develop their knowledge and skills. Effective clinical practice requires the practitioner to develop a degree of critical analysis and personal reflection of the work. Laming (2009) maintains that "Regular, high quality, organized supervision is critical, as are routine opportunities for peer learning and discussion. Supervision should be open and supportive, focusing on the quality of decisions, good risk analysis and improving outcomes".
Trauma-informed consultation lends an added dimension to the analysis of clients and workplace systems. Examination of clinical practice through a trauma-informed lens can reframe notions of resistance and manipulation to recognize strategies of self-protection, reenactment and post traumatic growth. "Good [clinical] supervision will provide a relationship where [clinicians] can be challenged to think critically, and supported in a role which involves working at the interface of complex family and professional systems" (Wonnacott, 2012).
Beth is available to consult with social workers and clinical practitioners either on a one-time or ongoing basis about a variety of matters including: individual clinical practice, vicarious traumatization, workplace stress and burnout, and self-care.