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Supervision, a place to learn a profession: Psychotherapy

Olga Rochkovski

the unexpected, for it is diffi cult to fi nd and puzzling when you fi nd it

In searching for the truth be ready for Heraclitus.

Introduction When I started thinking about this subject, I

became aware that in my life, fi rst as a student of psychotherapy and then as a professional, supervision has always been a central point.

Super-vision? I would rather use the words another

vision because we are not referring to a vision that is superior, but to another vision of the therapeutic work, of the psychotherapist, of certain issues and the strategies of cooperation with patients. It is an experience between two or more

people interested in studying human behavior from a theoretic, clinical and methodological perspective. In the process of supervision, both the therapeutic process and the development of human lives are involved. Supervision entails a dynamic fi eld in

which there are a number of interrelated facts between the individuals involved in the process and their multiple relationships. Supervision is a task of co-construction of

the supervisor and the psychotherapist. It includes conceptual aspects regarding

Alison is a consultant systemic and family psychotherapist working for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical work is within the CAMH Service. She is the professional lead for systemic psychotherapy across the Trust. Alison also works as a trainer for the Scottish Institute of Human Relations Family Therapy Group; she has co-provided the foundation course for the last thirteen years with her training partner, Bill Ness. Alison can be contacted at

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the subject under supervision. It may be necessary to focus on the therapist, on his or her resources for clinical care (taking into account that it is not the therapeutic space), and to focus on the system receiving care, the family, on the specifi c setting and on the main complaint, as well as on other complexities of the case in question. Usually, the supervisor is a person with

more experience than the supervisee, but nobody is experienced in all the fi elds, and all of us have black holes, i.e. aspects that we miss, that we don’t see that we don’t see and we all make mistakes. It is inevitable.

The Milan team (Palazzoli et al.) proposes

in its book Paradox and Counterparadox, that more can be learnt from mistakes than from success. Perhaps, because the person who makes mistakes has no option but to review, rethink the situation and, even after putting the foot into it, he can learn and move on.

Some characteristics of the supervision process and the problems that may arise in the process:

1. The material to be supervised • The set of variables that the story and/or the transcription of the session include. • Admission interview. Admission itself. • The outcome of the fi rst phone call. • The sayings and behavior of the patient. • The speech of each member of the family and/or partner.

• The said and the unsaid; the body language; the sayings through actions;

• The impressions regarding the account; the aesthetic, ideological, appraisive impressions, the lateral and parallel ideas related to the account regarding each family member and/or partner.

• The strategies and interventions of the supervisee.

• Extra-session contact with parents, relatives, psychiatrists, etc.

2. The supervisee • The commitment of the therapist to the clinic, his or her worries, anxieties, and concerns.

• The therapist’s ideology. • Hindrances; blind spots. • Therapist’s dreams related to the patient.


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