Dr Sonya Wallbank

The Restorative Resilience Model of Supervision


A reader exploring resilience to workplace stress in health and social care professionals



The model of restorative resilience supervision was first developed in response to the emotional demands of midwives, doctors and nurses caring for families who had experienced miscarriage and stillbirth.

The programme was designed to support professionals to process their workplace experiences and support them to build resilience levels to ensure they had future coping strategies beyond the initial life of the supervision sessions.

Since the initial studies, the programme has been delivered to over 4,500 professionals, and model of training has evolved from sessions being delivered directly by a clinical psychologist, into a range of professionals being trained to deliver the sessions themselves.

The Restorative Resilience Model of Supervision reader will introduce anyone with supervisory responsibilities to restorative resilience and give them an in-depth understanding of the approach, allowing them to begin using its methods with those they work with.


Supervisors, as well as anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and understanding on supervision within the workplace.


ISBN: 9781910366950
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing
Publication: 31 March 2016

  • Introduction
  • Workplace stress
  • Vulnerability of the helping professions
  • Resilience and protective factors
  • Why restorative resilience supervision?
  • Key elements of the model
  • Case studies


Dr Sonya Wallbank is the founder and CEO of Fiduciam UK Ltd. As the original developer of the restorative programme of supervision in 2009, Sonya has maintained a strong belief that resilient staff are much more able to deliver their role effectively.

Sonya is a chartered psychologist by background and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sonya is also a registered member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and chartered member of the Chartered Institute
of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Sonya is the founder of Capellas Nurseries Group and has worked in the UK, USA and Australia training a range of staff to utilise her model within their work. Her most recent NHS position was Director of Children and Families. She has trained a range of staff in the NHS, Department of Health, local authorities, private organisations, hospices and charities. As a keen writer, Sonya has published in both professional journals and books and has a number of ongoing blogs.


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