1st Edition

Family Therapy Supervision in Extraordinary Settings Illustrations of Systemic Approaches in Everyday Clinical Work

    194 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Family Therapy Supervision in Extraordinary Settings showcases the dynamism of systemic family therapy supervision/consultation as it expands beyond typical and historical traditions. In this unique collection, contributors write about their innovations, unexpected learnings, and “perfect accidents” in the context of systemic therapy. These essays highlight creative approaches to supervision, present a wide variety of clinical cases and therapy settings, and demonstrate how training takes place in real time.

    Each chapter illustrates increasingly diverse settings in which systemic family therapy services are delivered, whether in public mental health care for families across high-, low-, and middle-income countries, in areas of armed conflict or instability due to political violence or war, or stable, liberal democracies with robust public mental health systems. Each setting of supervision is extraordinary in the way it supports family therapy service delivery. Given the wide variation in access to systemic family therapy services, and the diverse settings in which systemic family therapy services are delivered, a set of brief, specific, and lively cases is called for that focus on the dynamic nature of a family therapy supervision and consultation interaction and its influence on clients, trainees, and supervisors.

    Working as a family therapist in the world today, an era of global mental health, is as full of wonder and challenge as it was in the time family therapy originated as a profession. It is thus no accident that supervision and consultation work is just as extraordinary. This book will be essential reading for family therapy and counseling supervisors, as well as a helpful reference for supervisees.

    Preface  1. En Defensa de Spanglish Family Therapy Supervision in the Era of English marcela polanco 

    2. From Crime and Punishment to Empathy and Acceptance: Family Therapy Training and Supervision with Turkish Juvenile Probation Officers Gizem Erdem 

    3. A Strengths-Based Team Approach to Holistic Wellness: Using Live Supervision to Expand the Boundaries of Traditional Mental Health Chrystal Fullen and Brittany Houston 

    4. Immediate, Intense Changes: Setting Up and Conducting Supervision Across Conflict-Affected Regions of Sri Lanka Amalka Edirisinghe and Anagi Gunasekara 

    5. Seven Chairs Under a Mango Tree: Stories of Peer Support and Supervision from Sri Lanka Roshan Dhammapala and Mihiri Ferdinando 

    6. Responsive Supervision: Playing with Risk-Taking and Hyperlinked Identities Saliha Bava 

    7. Where is my Supervisee? A Supervisor’s Dilemma Cindy Silitsky 

    8. Tender is the Heart: Supervising High Impact Emotions During Sex Therapy Paula Leech 

    9. Supervision in Schools: Learning to Hear Many Voices Anne Rambo, Brittany Henry, Alexandra E. Alfaro, and Elizabeth M. Jarquin 

    10. Evaluating Single-Session/Walk-in Training with the Leeds Alliance in Supervision Scale April Trejo and Monte Bobele 

    11. Where Do I Even Begin? Muriel Singer 

    12. Listening to Wounded Souls and Silent Voices: Self-Supervision in My Work with Family Members of Missing Persons in Kosovo Fatmire Shala-Kastrati 

    13. Challenges in Supervision in Family-Oriented Approaches in Prishtina, Kosova: Meta-Talk, Peer Support, and Co-Supervision as Partial Solutions Adelina Ahmeti Pronaj and Vjollca Berisha Avdiu  

    14. My Global Team of Family Therapy Consultants: Seven Commandments of My Method Laurie L Charlés 

    15. A Forward-Looking Approach to Supervision of Family Therapy and Psychosocial Support in Public Mental Health in Lebanon Lina Hussein Sadek 

    16. Embodied Conversations: Partnering with Horses in Clinical Supervision Shelley Green 

    17. Supervision Reflections from a Non-Western Family Therapist in an Integrated Primary Healthcare Setting Saeid Kianpour


    Laurie L Charlés, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., implements systemic family therapy practice in international humanitarian relief contexts, in low- and middle-income countries, and with vulnerable populations in conflict-affected states. She is the author and co-editor of several books in family therapy and qualitative research, including Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts: Voices and Issues from the Field, with Dr. Gameela Samarasinghe. Laurie has delivered family therapy training content and provided systemic, clinical supervision support to public mental health professionals living and working in such diverse places as Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, post-conflict Kosovo, Syria, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Egypt, and Uzbekistan. A 2017-2018 Fulbright Global Scholar and a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Laurie lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Thorana S. Nelson, Ph.D., is an Emerita Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University. She developed and has taught the Fundamentals of Supervision and Supervision Refresher courses for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She chaired the AAMFT Task Force that reviewed the AAMFT Approved Supervisor standards and made recommendations for changes. She also teaches solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), SFBT supervision, and other workshops, including SFBT With Families, also a Routledge book. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books in the areas of family therapy, family therapy supervision, and solution-focused brief therapy. She is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor for AAMFT and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband.

    "Family Therapy Supervision in Extraordinary Settings is much more than a book about supervision! It shows supervision as the nexus where family therapy is (re)created to meet the moment. Reminiscent of the inspired energy of Minuchin, Haley, and Hoffman, the authors use improvisation, relationship, technology, and work from the heart to employ and expand enduring systemic concepts in newly responsive ways. It’s a page-tuner with vivid examples across geopolitical spaces, sociocultural contexts, interdisciplinary workplaces, and conflict-affected areas. This positive, optimistic work left me revitalized and hopeful about the promise of systemic therapy."

    Carmen Knudson-Martin, Ph.D., Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

    "This extraordinary volume is recommended not only for trainers and supervisors, but also for trainees and therapists who want to learn about supervision in contexts and circumstances which are not commonplace. Moreover, the chapters show variations of supervision, like peer- and self-supervision. Through illustrative project descriptions and case examples, written from an I-perspective, the book gives us numerous opportunities to learn in a narrative mode."

    Professor Dr. Maria Borcsa, Institute of Social Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Healthcare Research at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Germany, and Past President of the European Family Therapy Association