Rationale and Aims

Rationale and Aims Procedure Case Submission Advice Consent and Confidentiality

Peer consultation can be described as the process of peers working together for mutual benefit. The ENYSSP Peer Consultation Sessions are open to those members who are currently working as, and have already gained some supervised experience as applied practitioners. Participants are encouraged to share work-related questions, sticking points, and challenging issues encountered in their professional practice in order to help maintain and enhance their skills, manage difficult clients, and adhere to the ethical principles of the discipline.

The sessions are run remotely through online meetings every six weeks. Announcements of forthcoming sessions are communicated through the ENYSSP website, ENYSSP Newsletter, ENYSSP Flash News and ENYSSP Facebook page. For details of the procedure and details on how to prepare for attending a session, please see the ENYSSP Peer Consultation Procedure, Consent and Confidentiality, and Case Submission Advice. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Adams.

Peer consultation is considered in mainstream applied psychology as an opportunity to learn that differs to supervision in there being the “right to accept or reject the suggestions [of others]“. More specifically, peer consultation is an activity through which practitioners can learn from the consultation process through critical discussion, evaluation and reflection with equals within the profession in order to maintain and develop skills and grow professionally. The peer consultation process provides the opportunity for participants to gain further insight in their own professional practice and to explore their own and others’ options and potential solutions. Within a session, discussion of a specific and current case allows for the participants to share work-related questions, problems and challenging issues encountered in their professional practice, in a collaborative manner. It is essential that critical and supportive feedback be emphasised, over evaluation, in order to assist the maintenance and enhancement their practitioner skills, manage difficult clients, and adhere to the ethical principles of the discipline. Furthermore, increased self-confidence, self-direction, and independence, as well as decreased dependency on “expert” supervisors and greater interdependence of colleagues have also been proposed as benefits of being involved in peer consultation