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Supervision & Mentoring in Sports Nutrition & Eating Disorders

The dietitian landscape has changed. No longer are we predominantly employed in a clinical hospital setting, with clearly defined mentorship, supervision and career progression in situ. Instead, the increasingly common career path is to move into private practice. All too quickly, this can feel quite an isolated place. It is!

The other increasingly common scenario, is where a sports dietitian takes on a contract role within large sporting organisations, professional sporting team or state sport institute. While being surrounded by many (extremely busy) people, it too can be a lonely place, especially given most dietitian appointments are small fractional roles of only a few hours or days each week, with little employment security.

Starting your own private practice or taking on consultant roles can be an amazing experience – and also overwhelming, as inherent in these pursuits is a lack of support and direction – at a time when you are solely responsible for… EVERYTHING! From new graduates to experienced practitioners – this is a challenging scenario at any stage of your career.

Choosing to pursue supervision & mentoring will allow you to reflect, learn and grow as a dietitian.

Engaging in supervision is one of those sliding door moments in my career. I wasn't sure exactly how it would help, but after each session, I find my perspective grows. I definitely do NOT want to go back to practising without it


Supervision is the missing piece of the consulting puzzle. It is THE way to invite excellence to your practice


Sally truly understands the pressures of working in our field. Following our sessions, I feel I'm a better practitioner for having debriefed and workshopped those really difficult interactions.


I'm wondering why I didn't start this sooner! It is an absolute pleasure working with you Sally, and I am truly grateful for the opportunities that have come my way as a result of engaging in supervision

Good to know...

This is not a one-way street

Years of experience practising as a health practitioner, does not make someone a supervisor. Rather, it is essential your supervisor has completed in-depth and extensive training, in facilitating supervision. Further, it is essential that supervisors engage in their own supervision. If it's not clear what your supervisor / potential supervisor has completed, it's important to enquire. Well-trained supervisors will welcome this enquiry

Supervision training I've completed

  • Practice PavestonesBecoming an Effective and Ethical Supervisor – Foundations for Dietitians
  • Practice PavestonesProfessional Boundaries Workshop (Understanding Professional Boundaries: Working Sustainably & Ethically with Clients in Contemporary Dietetic Practice)
  • QuEDS Facilitated Peer Group Supervision – Facilitator training

My own supervision commitment

  • Group supervision – Supervision of Supervision (monthly)
  • One-on-one supervision – ongoing commitment
  • Peer group supervisionΒ – private practice group (monthly)
Supervision for tricky situations...

Managing athlete desires & concerns

Sports performance dietitians often face complex and challenging situations when it comes to managing an athlete’s desire for physique manipulation, and even the appropriateness of conducting physique assessment. What technique to use? Should I be measuring this athlete at all? Should I be assisting this athlete with achieving a particular physique?

On one hand, athletes may request dietary modifications to achieve a specific body composition or performance goal. On the other hand, dietitians must consider the potential health consequences of such modifications, including the risk of developing body image concerns and disordered eating behaviours. These dilemmas can be especially difficult to navigate in sports where a specific body type is often perceived as desirable or necessary for success, leading athletes to engage in unhealthy or extreme weight control practices.

Dietitians must strike a balance between supporting an athlete’s performance goals while also promoting healthy habits and body acceptance. This can involve educating athletes about the dangers of restrictive diets, excessive exercise, and other weight control practices, and working with them to develop individualised and sustainable nutrition plans that support both health and performance. Importantly, it also includes advocating for the athlete’s health and performance to the performance support team and coaching staff.

Overall, the role of the dietitian in this situation requires careful consideration, ethical decision-making, and a strong commitment to promoting positive body image and health in athletes. This scenario is commonly brought to supervision sessions, with the outcome of the dietitian feeling confident and supported in their well-considered approach.

Is this for me?

The value of supervision & mentoring

How it helps you

Supervision plays a crucial role in the development and growth of your area of expertise. Through regular interactions in the safe and supportive supervision setting, you can receive insights, feedback and support from experienced colleagues, expanding your confidence and knowledge in clinical decision-making skills. It also helps to ensure that your athlete / client care is of the highest quality and is consistent with our professional standards and ethical principles. Furthermore, supervision can be a vehicle to stay up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in the field.

How it helps the profession you love

Your enhanced level of care and problem-solving - achieved via supervision - not only benefits the athletes and clients, but also their families, communities, and society as a whole. It’s the ripple effect in action. Furthermore, supervision creates a supportive and collaborative environment, allowing a space for colleagues to work together to find solutions to complex issues. Through supervision, dietitians can foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement, not only for themselves but also for their colleagues and those they serve.

Supervision is a partnership that fosters growth, accountability, and ethical practice in the professional’s work.

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Supervision & mentoring can help when...

    1. You work with people! (in need)
    2. You feel pressed for time, you are asked to do too much, or you are stretched for resources
    3. You’re worried you could be doing things better
    4. You’re concerned regarding a lack of results
    5. You’re experiencing discord or discomfort with clients or colleagues
    6. You’re unsure where to go with stuck clients
    7. You’re finding it increasingly difficult to switch off (i.e. going over client cases when trying to get to sleep!)
    8. You’ve received a complaint
    9. You use socials to promote your practice
    10. You have an interest in increasing a particular skill