Melanie Cross

Profession:

Speech and Language Therapist

Location:

Kent

Work context/Areas of interest and specialism:

I have been lucky enough to work with care experienced children and young people and others who have social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), as well as those who support them for over 25 years. This experience has taught me a lot and has sparked a keen interest in understanding these young people and how best to support them. I have written Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Communication Problems, co-authored Language for Behaviour and Emotions and worked with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists  to develop a variety of resources (fact sheets, clinical guidelines and online learning).

I also offer training about SEMH & Speech Language and Communication needs (SLCN) and the impact of attachment and trauma on language and communication. I often support speech and language therapists to work collaboratively in developing services for these children and young people. I enjoy learning with and from other speech and language therapists in the SEMH Clinical Excellence network (South East) and teaching speech and language therapy students.

I offer supervision to speech and language therapist and others who work in this field.

Experience/training/membership:

  • A qualified speech and language therapist, a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council
  • MPhil in children and young people in care who also have speech language and communication needs
  • Accredited Video Interaction Trainer, Practitioner and Supervisor
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy
  • I am committed to ongoing professional development which includes supervision courses through intandem and my own supervision and reflective practice

Description of supervision service:

Who:

Speech and language therapists ✅
Allied health professionals ✅
NHS workers ✅
Independent practitioners ✅
Social service employees ✅
Education staff ✅
Voluntary sector workers ✅
Newly qualified practitioners ✅
Cross-specialism ✅
Cross-profession ✅

Type:

Individual ✅
Paired
Group
Team
Managerial Supervision
Professional Supervision ✅
Supervision of supervision ✅

Access:

Face-to-face:
— supervisor’s base ✅
— supervisee’s base
— neutral location
Telephone:
Video teleconference: ✅

Description of supervision approach:

I have been inspired by the attunement based intervention Video Interaction Guidance (VIG). Through training to be a Video Interaction Guider and VIG Supervisor I have learned a lot about the nature of interactions and how to empower people to make them positive and rewarding.  This approach has not only taught me about supporting interactions between clients, but also provided an opportunity to reflect on my interactions with clients and supervisees.  I have also undertaken training in positive psychology and resilience which heavily influences my work and what I can offer supervisees. I am keen to help supervisees achieve a work-life balance and to develop the skills to be resilient in difficult situations. My supervision is trauma-informed.

I can offer a safe, supportive, reflective space for collaborative problem solving.  Supervisees might want to think about cases, service development, their own skill development, interventions, or just how to keep their head above water! Supervision can offer different things at different stages of your career and each session might have a different focus. Sometimes supervisees have an agenda, sometimes they may just want to see what emerges. They might want my opinion to know what I think, or they might want me to help them reflect and find their own ways forward. They might want to be challenged, or not! It’s up to the individual and I see supervision as a means to help people recognise their own strengths and achieve their potential. I work collaboratively with supervisees to find an approach that works for them and to evaluate our work together.

Contact details:

Email: melaniespeechie@gmail.com

Get in touch if you’d like an introductory session to see if we could work well together.