Metavision is a combination of supervision, coaching and leadership, applying a holistic paradigm to working with people in a range of settings. It combines the intelligence of the heart, the mindfulness of Eastern philosophy, the field theory of Quantum physics and the interpersonal skills of counselling psychology to provide a broad and fluid approach to working with individuals and groups.
A Holistic paradigm sees the essence of a person as spiritual with innate intention and wisdom. An opportunity to unfold the innate intention presents itself when difficulties, tensions and obstructions occur in a person’s life. This teleological metaskill of purposeful direction requires of a practitioner the ability to take many different roles when working with people. The roles range from coach to mentor to supervisor to leader or wise elder depending on the need and situation. This requires fluidity and a capacity to hold a situation with empathic, interested, open presence while listening to the stories that point the way forward.
As the need for psychological and interpersonal skills grows, the fields of Positive Psychology, Coaching and Mentoring are current ways of extending psychological counselling/psychotherapy away from a focus on problems and pathology, towards a strength based, goal orientated approach. Metavision, by its holistic nature, embodies this focus, in which current tensions are seen as emergent possibilities pointing to future direction whatever the context.
In short Metavision is a praxis that adapts to the context of any setting, using metaskills of holism, teleology and deep respect. It is in contrast to the oft used application of a prescribed model within a specialization that is a reduced part of a whole system.
I had been working in a supervisory capacity for allied health staff at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney for some time when a senior consultant Physician asked me if I would take a small group of junior doctors for “Supervision” as they rotate through the Palliative care unit at St Vincent’s hospital. This was very different from the individual supervision that I was used to doing. As I am always up for a challenge I agreed, not knowing what I was getting into. It seems ‘not knowing’ was the operative word.
I came with my skills set developed from years of clinical counselling and supervision and familiarity with group work together with an open agenda. As I listened I realized that the range of issues that concerned these junior doctors was not the clinical case /patient work, but many other issues that impacted their working life. These questions ranged from fundamental questions about choosing medicine as a career, to how to deal with frightened or angry dying patients or upset family members, to conflicts with staff and to self care in stressful situations and so on. As we worked with various problems and sources of tension, I noticed the junior doctors were changing and so indeed was the whole work place. Subtle but important relationship tensions eased, the interns felt more supported as support networks deepened, difficult issues with families and patients were seen as learning opportunities, facilities and practices within the palliative care unit improved, and even tensions with other departments such as administration were reduced.
As I reflected on the whole process I realized that I was not doing ‘supervision’. It needed to be called something different, since ‘supervision’ has the particular connotation of overseeing clinical patient practice and could be misleading for the particular process I was bringing. The word ‘metavision’ meaning to see together with, after, around, above and often bringing change, seemed a better choice.
Since then I have realized that this approach has much to offer in a variety of diverse settings. I have had the opportunity to use it with teachers, natural therapists, and staff working in a nursing home as well as with my own students at the Metavision Institute. I see its application as very broad. In our culture, where skills have been quantified and specialized, this holistic Meta paradigm offers the possibility of bridging the unnecessary duplication and alienating isolation that can arise from the narrow perspective that specialization can bring.
Courses in Metavision are available for people with appropriate prior learning.
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For detailed information on the Courses in Metavision and Holistic Counselling and Psycholtherapy available at the Metavision Institute Bowral Please visit the Metavision Institute website.