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Editorial Ged Smith & Brian Cade Following on from Context 116 in August 2011, this is the second


issue on the theme of supervision although, unlike the fi rst one, this is partly themed in order to make space for other pressing matters that we hope you will also fi nd interesting and important. The supervision articles, seven in all, include two on the experiences of being a student on systemic-supervision courses. Helen Atkins and Christopher McGovern ask us, “So you’re thinking of doing an MSc?” and also give us their personal accounts of its eff ects, the pressures and also the pleasures and benefi ts they enjoyed on the course. Alison Burgess refl ects in “Walk a mile” on the research and


refl exivity module of her course, referring to the importance of gaining greater awareness of our own feelings, biases, histories and values. Alison also asks a question of how to show rather than tell in supervision, which is also taken up by Mary Morris from the Family Institute in Cardiff in her article which conjures up images of mud pools in New Zealand and daisy petals in an intriguing exploration of how, as supervisors, we decide to focus on one “bubble” rather than another, and how we keep in mind the complex relationships between training and therapy. Chiara Santin describes a tutorial group in which she used


solution-focused techniques to help trainees address the question, “Is solution-focused therapy systemic?” In “Medical conversations inviting change”, London GP, Lisa Miller writes of the changing culture within the world of some GPs where there is a move away from the expert, advice-giving medical practitioner towards a more systemic, exploratory style which, as systemic thinkers, we will all recognise and applaud. She outlines her “seven Cs” approach, which we hope you will fi nd useful. Chip Chimera brings us into


the world of the child and the many issues in supervising work in that area that, as she says, generate so many strong feelings in both clinicians and supervisors in their diff erent ways. She also provides us with a helpful map of the supervisory skills needed in this work. Finally we have a fascinating international account from


Uruguayan, Olga Rochkovski, who has worked in Mexico with an Argentinean supervisor. In her article, we learn of some of the fears felt among some South American cultures where dictatorships and revolutionary unrest made some places very unsafe. This applies in the family therapy clinic too, for example, with our invisible teams behind screens where fears of persecution felt among family members make this practice, so routine for us, so unsafe for them. Nick Child, in a three-part article, attempts to disentangle the


diff erent ways in which the term “systemic” is used; highlights the accomplishments AFT can feel proud of; then looks at what more needs to be achieved, particularly with the recognition of the important and eff ective systemic work being done by a vast army of workers who are neither defi ned nor recognised, nor formally trained as systemic therapists. We fi nish off with a comprehensive report on last year’s AFT


conference, held in Buxton, Derbyshire and hosted by DAFT (and, at the dinner and dance, some of us certainly were daft). Commencing with an introduction to DAFT (Derbyshire Association of Family Therapy), written by its current chair, Gary Robinson, there follows a plethora of reports on the plenary sessions and the workshops, interspersed with many photographs (some of which we haven’t published and won’t, as long as the monthly cheques keep coming in).


Ged Smith Context February 2012


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