External Supervision Service for DFI Members

Stress and Support in the Workplace

As part of our Service Suite package of solutions, DFI has developed and launched a new “External Supervision” service, at a specially negotiated discount rate for member organisations. 

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Occupational stress, which can lead to burnout, is on the increase in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. Community and Voluntary sector organisations are experiencing greater demand for services, while resources such as donations, corporate supports and government funding have shrunk dramatically. Board Directors, CEOs, managers and staff in these organisations tend to be dedicated, caring people with a deep personal commitment to their work. Research has shown that those in the caring professions are the most at risk of burnout, as they are sensitive to the needs of their service users, and can feel demoralised or overwhelmed when those needs exceed their capacity to provide services.

In the current era of cutbacks, CEOs and Board Directors can find themselves struggling to maintain levels of service provision against a background of reduced staff numbers, unpredictability of funding and greater workload. The relative isolation of the CEO position can contribute to the experience of stress, with many CEOs having no peer or confidante in the workplace with whom to discuss day-to-day pressures and problems. Board Directors, especially Chairpersons, may be challenged by increased legal and financial responsibilities and reporting requirements. While structured supervision and support may be provided to staff, there is no culture in the C&V sector of regular access to supervision for the CEO or for Board Directors.

In order to address this deficit, and in response to expressed needs of members, the Disability Federation of Ireland has developed a unique service of External Supervision, which is available at a discounted rate to DFI members.

External Supervision provides a dedicated space away from the workplace to reflect on one's work, with an objective, experienced professional, in a confidential, one-to-one setting. Making space for discussion, reflection and “thinking outside the box” can reduce day-to-day stress levels and provide long-term gain for the organisation. It can be an invaluable resource for Directors, CEOs, managers and staff to help develop their skills and knowledge, identify training and development needs, and access personal support.

External Supervision meetings are typically one hour long, and occur as regularly as required, usually monthly. Benefits can include enhanced ability to deal with stress, improved workplace relationships, greater clarity about roles and responsibilities, and improved productivity.

Maeve Halpin, MA, M. Phil., Dip. Couns. Psych. is partnering with DFI to provide External Supervision to employees and directors of DFI member organisations, as part of the DFI Service Suite. Maeve is a Social and Organisational Psychologist with extensive experience in the voluntary sector, as a volunteer and at Senior Management and Board level. She has been providing both managerial and clinical supervision to professionals working in a range of settings for many years.

To find out more about this unique service, please call Maeve or your DFI Support Officer at the numbers below for a confidential chat with no obligation.

Maeve Halpin,
Registered Counselling Psychologist,
Appletree Health and Wellness,
No. 126 Ranelagh,
Dublin 6.
087 287 7837

Disability Federation of Ireland
Fumbally Court
Fumbally Lane
Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 454 7978
Email: info@disability-federation.ie
Web: www.disability-federation.ie

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