mentoring, supervision and clinical placements

MBB Connections uses a solution-focused supervision approach for clinical supervision and mentoring of therapists locally, across the UK and Ireland and even abroad. There is a growing awareness of the importance of quality mentoring of those developing as the Sensory Integration Practitioners of the future.

feedback from therapists

‘You have a down to earth, practical approach. This helps me to consider all aspects of my practice, from assessment to clinical reasoning, case formulation, goal setting, and evaluating my whole intervention with my client.’

‘I learn all the time about how to apply sensory integration principles in my area of practice, with complex clients. Supervision is helping me achieve more in individual treatment sessions.’

‘Using modern technology means I have been able to see Kathryn and she could see me. Face to face contact is important. We share articles and pieces of writing I am working on like patient handouts or the scatter of scores on a Sensory Profile Score sheet.

international and national

Using modern technology, we offer virtual and face to face supervision opportunities to occupational therapists working in isolation using Ayres’ Sensory Integration in their clinical practice.Screen Shot 2020-03-27 at 19.17.40

Since 2005, Kath has supervised and mentored occupational therapists from BIBIC in Devon, Occupational Therapist’s from the NHS in Cornwall, and on national training programmes.

Currently, she mentors therapists learning Ayres’ Sensory Integration on the internationally recognised CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration hosted in the UK and Ireland by ASI Wise.

in cornwall and the southwest

Kath helped to establish and still supports the Sensory Project South West ASI Special Interest group.

Screen Shot 2020-03-29 at 15.43.35Since leaving CFT to establish an independent practice, Kathryn remains committed to working closely with and mentoring therapists in Cornwall to ensure Cornwall remains at the forefront of Sensory Integration Practice.

In Cornwall, Kath has been providing Sensory Integration Supervision ‘Supervising the Supervisors’ for Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust Sensory Integration Peer Supervision Group.

This group initially established in 2005 by Kathryn when she was employed by the trust, is now run by therapists she has supported and mentored, and in 2013 the group went solo as their first OT has completed their SI 1,2/3 and 4 training.

More about the importance of mentoring and supervision in SI…

Heather Miller Kuhaneck, MS, OTR/L wrote of mentoring and Sensory Integration… ‘a term that originated with Greek literature has been defined as a reciprocal, enabling relationship that promotes growth and development of the mentee…

  • focuses specifically on the development of the career of the mentee
  • serves multiple functions and may occur in many forms, providing role modelling, support and encouragement, socialisation to the culture, advocacy, and perhaps even protection
  • Mentors also provide training, advice, and guidance
  • Mentoring may occur formally or informally, and the culture of the organisation in which the relationship occurs may affect the nature of the relationship significantly
  • Formal mentoring programs have been popular in the business world during the past decades but more recently have entered the field of health care, specifically allied health.’

from ‘The Importance of Mentoring for the Professional Involvement of Therapists Specialising in Ayres Sensory Integration®’, Special Interest Section Quarterly Sensory Integration Volume 33, Number 2, June 2010 – The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.