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A Contemporary Approach to Clinical Supervision
The Supervisee Perspective

ISBN 9781032018577
Published July 12, 2021 by Routledge
164 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The most critical and influential relationship affecting one’s growth as a mental health professional is the relationship between the clinician and the supervisor. Good supervisors breed good therapists. This book goes beyond facts and figures to provide an innovative perspective on the supervision process. Through contributions by seven supervisees and the supervisor they all shared, readers are offered a rare glimpse into what takes place during the supervision hour.

This book not only offers insight into the elements integral to effective supervision, but also teaches about the supervisory relationship. With contributors from various disciplines, theoretical orientations, and cultures, it shows how the supervisee and supervisor are able to navigate these differences while still gaining the most from supervision. Topics that are covered include cultural competence in multicultural supervision and remote supervision when it is conducted between clinicians in different countries, as well as an original study by the authors on the experiences of supervisees during the global Covid-19 pandemic and the transition to remote supervision.

For mental health professionals who are training to be supervisors or experienced supervisors looking to improve their skills, this book will serve as an invaluable resource for professional development.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Fred Busch




Chapter 1: Defining Effective Supervision Through the Eyes of the Supervisee: A Contemporary Systematic Review

Liat Shklarski and Allison Abrams

Chapter 2: Effective Supervision During the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Transition to Remote Learning

Liat Shklarski and Allison Abrams

Chapter 3: Social Justice and Cultural Competence in Clinical Supervision 

Liat Shklarski and Allison Abrams

Chapter 4: Effective Supervision Despite Cultural and Theoretical Differences

Ruiqi Tian

Chapter 5: Remote Supervision Between Korea and New York: Overcoming Cross-Cultural Challenges in Supervision

Moosuk Lee

Chapter 6: Embarking on the Journey of Psychoanalytic Supervision: The Supervisor as the Fixer

Camille Maruccia-Lee

Chapter 7: Psychodynamic Supervision in the Nonprofit Sector

Ally Barlow

Chapter 8: Navigating Differences in Disciplines and Theoretical Orientations

Allison Abrams

Chapter 9: Supervision with Barbara: Two Detectives Working on a Case

Liat Shklarski

Chapter 10: Supervision and The Termination Process

Anonymous author

Chapter 11: Supervisor: A Daunting Privilege

Barbara Stimmel


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Liat Shklarski is an assistant professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey School of Social Science and Human Services, Department of Social Work, and an adjunct professor at Smith College, School of Social Work. Her academic research focuses on effective clinical supervision. She is a graduate of the Contemporary Freudian Society psychodynamic psychotherapy training program and a licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice. She works with individuals, couples, and youth with a history of trauma.

Allison Abrams is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist practicing in New York City. She completed her postgraduate training at the Contemporary Freudian Society and the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, which is affiliated with NYU Medical School. She is an author and contributing writer for several publications, including Psychology Today, GoodTherapy, and Verywell Mind.


"In this collection of scholarly and stimulating essays. supervisees from a variety of cultural backgrounds describe conditions most conducive to learning. They also teach us the ways in which supervisions can go awry. Through clinical cases shared with a perceptive supervisor, we watch learning and teaching processes unfold. We are shown in detail just how complex and rewarding the supervisory experience can be."

  • Daniel Jacobs, MD, Training and Supervision Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, co-author, The Supervisory Encounter

"This book is distinctive, organized by two supervisees of an unusually gifted supervisor, written from supervisees' perspectives. It represents the insightful cumulation of the multiple supervisees' psychodynamic experiences. Readers will be delighted by their candid descriptions. The contributors demonstrate that supervision is the bilateral co-creative maturing process. It also delivers the implications of cross-cultural supervision. I guarantee that supervisees, supervisors, and many others in psychotherapy/psychoanalysis discipline will benefit significantly from reading this book world-wide."

  • Do-Un Jeong, MD, PhD, FIPA, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University, Training/Supervising Analyst, IPA Korean Study Group

"This book is a wonderful tribute to the very special relationship that exists between supervisors and supervisees, encapsulating as it does the uniqueness and specialness of that relationship. I found myself immersed in this beautiful and unusual collection of essays, written by supervisees from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. This is an important and compelling contribution to the literature on supervision. It will prove to be an invaluable asset to the field as well as an engaging read. If you want to become a better supervisor or gain more from supervision, then this book is for you."

  • Elise Snyder, MD, President of China American Psychoanalytic Alliance, Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine