Psychotherapy Supervision: An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision

Psychotherapy Supervision: An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision

Psychotherapy Supervision: An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision

Psychotherapy Supervision: An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision


"... Maria Gilbert and Ken Evans have given us a beautifully written and richly illustrated account of psychotherapy supervision... Providing clear guidelines for effective clinical supervision, the book describes and vividly illustrates how the supervisor monitors, instructs, models, consults and supports the supervisee, all within the context of respect and empathy." - Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph. D. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook , New York, USA

"... Don't read this book if you have a well-worked-out, pre-determined model of supervision that you don't want to will only disturb, distract and challenge you. If you would like to review your model of supervision, on the other hand, update it in the light of modern scholarship and insights, open it to 'manufactured uncertainty' so as to adapt it to the contemporary issues of the day, then it's a 'must' for you. It's a book of tomorrow in the light of the best of yesterday and indisputably for today." - Michael Carroll, Ph. D. Chartered Counselling Psychologist and BAC Fellow

"... Gilbert and Evans' book is sure to become a key text in the area of psychotherapy supervision from an integrative perspective...the authors reveal an extensive knowledge of the work of other experts in the field and a deep understanding of how this knowledge may be translated into practice... Gilbert and Evans draw much needed attention to the often neglected aspect of the contexts within which supervision takes place. Their focus on the multi-cultural aspects of supervision and their advocacy for anti-oppressive practices is of note...very accessible and highly recommended to beginning supervisees and seasoned supervisors alike. This book will make a substantial contribution to the field for a long time to come." - Gillian Straker, Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney

• What are the primary goals of clinical supervision ?

• What is the basis for ethical decision making in supervision ?

• How can anti-oppressive practice be embedded in the training of supervisors ?

This book presents an integrative relational model for psychotherapy supervision. The focus is on the primacy of the relationship both in psychotherapy and in supervision. This is one of the few books in the field of supervision to focus exclusively and in-depth on issues in clinical supervision. It provides an integrative relational model of supervision drawing on developmental theory that is applicable to the fields of psychotherapy, counselling, and clinical and counselling psychology. The authors believe that this integrative framework for supervision will be of use to supervisors of 'pure-form' approaches as well as to those supervisors involved in cross-orientation supervision since its main focus is on the quality of the supervisory alliance.

Psychotherapy Supervision contains a balance of theoretical material, examples of in vivo supervision and a discussion of techniques. The book presents some interesting and innovative material on ethical decision making and on anti-oppressive practice in training organisations. The authors illustrate their material with frequent examples of supervision from their own practice to show the reader the model in action. The book is aimed at supervisors of counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists at all levels.


It is a great pleasure to welcome this book and to Introduce you as the reader to it. This book provides a new integrated model of psychotherapy supervision which we believe will set a new landmark for the profession. the first landmark in the field of psychotherapy supervision was laid down by Ekstein and Wallerstein's in their creation of their classic model in The Teaching and learning of Psychotherapy in 1972. Our own process model of supervision inSupervision in the Helping Professions (1989; second edition 2000), provided a new way of thinking about the various areas of focus in supervision and provided the first integration of humanistic and psychoanalytic processes in supervision. However, our book while being used extensively to train psychotherapy supervisors, grew out of work across ail the helping professions, and was not specific to psychotherapy. Thus although there has been a real growth in the field of supervision books and articles in the last ten years, most of it has been from the fields of counselling or counselling psychology, with only a limited contribution from the field of psychotherapy. in this same period the field of psychotherapy has also greatly changed and developed and in our view the time was ripe for a major new theoretical approach specifically from the field of psychotherapy supervision.

If we take the period of time since Ekstein and Wallerstein wrote their book in 1972 we can see how flinch has changed in the field of psychotherapy in all parts of the world. the field has grown enormously, with many more people entering the profession and many new training institutes being established. the variety of people entering the profession has also expanded, with more people coming from fields beyond psychiatry and psychology, greater numbers from different cultures and many more women.

In 1972 the field of psychotherapy was still dominated by the psychoanalytic institutes in both Europe and the United States. in the 1970s and 1980s there was a proliferation of different psychotherapeutic approaches. Over the last ten years there has been more of a move to find Integration across the different approaches. This movement has been nurtured by many psychotherapists . . .

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