CAIRA New Zealand is an organisation formed to provide high quality pastoral and clinical supervision for those working in the people helping professions and ministries within New Zealand Churches.
A CAIRA-trained supervisor will offer supervision that is pastoral and clinical. One of our principles is to make professional supervision affordable, so we use a negotiated fee.
CAIRA is an acronym for the interconnecting lenses that form the foci of supervision.
Collegiality is grounded in our experience of community. It is an acceptance of our relationality and our partnership with each other as the body of Christ and with the One, who through the incarnation, became our brother as well as God.
Supervisors and supervisees are always part of a larger network of support, mutual learning and encouragement. Supervision is never practised in isolation. Both supervisor and supervisee will share in their learning process, though the learning of each may be different.
Accountability is rooted in our relationship to that which is larger than us, of which we claim ourselves to be a part. It is symbolised by codes of practice, boundaries, cannons and statutes, and yet accountability is an internal state of being, of owning and practising these in an integrated way, holding ourselves to account in good faith.
In the same way, supervisors and supervisees are accountable to each other, to their peers, to those they minister to, to the denomination, agency, or organisation in which they work and to the wider Church.
Identity formation is a life-long development. Knowing who you are both as a person and practitioner, is a key element in working with others.
Supervisors and supervisees will form, develop and employ their identity as fully integrated servants of the Gospel as they manage the prescriptive, informative, confrontative, cathartic, catalytic and facilitative tasks of supervision within the agreed framework of learning goals.
Responsibility is grounded in our relationship to God who both cares for us and calls us to care for others. Responsibility has a dual focus of being responsible and response-able and we need to attend to both.
Supervisors and supervisees are responsible to each other, to their peers, to those they minister to, to the denomination, agency, or organisation in which they work and to the wider Church.
Authority is often spoken as leadership, power or autonomy. However, it especially says something about confidently owning the truth of our calling in relation to the caller, the One who still leaves a calling card to invite us to become.
Supervisors and supervisees will employ their intellect and spirituality, their formation and learning in their service of the Gospel. Supervision is a collegial rather than a hierarchical ministry. This authority comes from within the agreement made with the supervisee.