Group Analytic Supervision uses group analytic concepts to cast light on how group supervision works, covering history, theory and practice.
Margaret Gallop and Margaret Smith illustrate the benefits that supervision can provide for post-qualification group supervision. This book offers a model of group analytic supervision, the clinical hexagon, to support supervisors of groups in thinking about their supervision group and its process. Gallop and Smith use vignettes to illustrate how supervision groups work together to broaden and deepen their understanding of their clients, including examples that demonstrate the benefits of this multi-perspective approach for therapists providing dyadic therapy. Group Analytic Supervision addresses several of the key tasks for supervisors of groups, including establishing and maintaining boundaries around the work, establishing good working relationships, working with parallel process, transference and countertransference. It describes using difference and diversity to enrich learning and it stresses the importance of self-care.
Group Analytic Supervision will be essential reading for anyone who is providing group supervision, particularly therapists who undertake group analytic training. It will also be of great interest to counsellors and therapists, social workers, probation officers and healthcare staff who both provide and receive group supervision.
About the authors
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Section one: A history of group analysis
1. History: SH Foulkes and the beginning of group analysis
Section two: Group Analytic theory
2. ‘To supplement’ or ‘build anew’: Foulkes’ sociogenetic theory of the mind
3. Some key group analytic concepts
Section three: The history of group supervision
4. In the beginning: The roots of group analytic supervision
Section four: A group analytic model of supervision
6. The clinical hexagon: A group analytic Model of supervision
7. Dynamic administration: Managing the boundaries of group supervision
Section five: Caring for the carers
8. The supervisory alliance: creating sustaining relationships in group supervision
9. To set the darkness echoing’: the supervisees experience of group supervision
10. Enough and to spare: the function of supervision groups in supporting the psychological needs of staff working in demanding professions.
Section six: Using the group as the medium for supervision
11. Parallel process: processing role responsiveness in group supervision
12. What am I missing? What is not being voiced? Using the multiple perspectives of diversity in the group supervision group.
13. Through a glass darkly: a reflecting team model of supervision
“This long overdue book is thoughtful, intelligent, knowledgeable, kind and impeccably researched. With its impressive grasp of different theoretical approaches, clear structure and vivid vignettes, it illuminates the complex and rewarding task of offering supervision in a group. It will be invaluable for anyone supervising trainees or professionals alike.” Sara Perren, Group Analyst, Co-Director, IGA Diploma in Group Supervision, Group Supervisor at York Groupwork and Group Analysis North
“I recommend this book whole-heartedly to experienced group analysts and newcomers to group analytic theory alike. At its most effective group supervision both reveals and dissolves blocks in and resistances to the therapeutic process; not by the use of expert knowledge but by enabling and encouraging free association and the consequent emergence of parallel process. This method and its historical context are carefully described and revealed in this wonderful book.” Leonie Hilliard, Group Analyst and Co-Director, IGA Diploma in Supervision