Professional Supervision

I strongly believe in Professional Supervision and have obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision from the University of Auckland, which is a multi-disciplinary qualification.


The primary function of Professional Supervision is to provide a “forum wherein practitioners can critically engage with their practice, reflect on their actions, review their decisions and learn...[s]upervision, a forum for reflection and learning” (Davys & Beddoe, 2010, p 21).

I use the reflective learning model and the strength-based approach in her supervision practice. I am interested in hearing from colleagues and younger practitioners who are interested in discussing this further. Professional supervision is considered part of the Continuing Professional Development by NZLS. 

“Interning with Deborah was one of the most interesting and engaging experiences from my time at law school. The work is fast­paced and hands­on with an incredible variety of cases and topics, while the atmosphere is friendly and supportive. There is a constant emphasis on ensuring that we take away valuable lessons from our work, and I know that the skills developed here will serve me well in practice in the future." (2015 - ­2016 Intern)

“Interning with Deborah was a unique opportunity to work on engaging and complex refugee and human rights issues while still studying. The work was varied, interesting and challenging, and Deborah was always willing to offer guidance on my career, even well after my internship was completed. There are few other opportunities of this calibre available to Law students in New Zealand to gain experience and mentorship in practicing human rights law.” (2014 Intern)

“My internship has been really rewarding. Within the office, I have learned practical skills which will (hopefully) make me a useful junior, and I have received valuable feedback on my opinions and drafting. Outside of it, Deborah has been a fantastic mentor in encouraging me to pursue my passions and putting me into contact with lawyers in these fields. I highly recommend this programme to anyone with an interest in legal practice, or human rights law.” (2016 Intern)

“Thank you for the chance to intern with you. It is a truly one of a kind experience for Auckland law students interested in human rights. My internship introduced me to the social reality of human rights law, and allowed me to hear clients' stories which truly changed my reality." ­(Andrew, 2015 intern)