1st Edition

Supervision of Art Psychotherapy A Theoretical and Practical Handbook

Edited By Joy Schaverien, Caroline Case Copyright 2007
    256 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Supervision of Art Psychotherapy will be an inspiration for advanced practitioners and students in training. It is the first book to formulate a unique theoretical base to current practice in art psychotherapy supervision. A central theme is the nature of the image in supervision, defining its difference from other forms of supervision in the mental health professions. Clinical practice is brought to life through vivid vignettes from diverse settings with a variety of client groups.

    • part I establishes a theoretical base, introducing innovations in practice and addressing complex clinical issues in child and adult work. Topics include the narrative of imagery in supervision, enchantment, ambivalence, a topographical approach, engagement in supervision, and working with the network in art psychotherapy with children
    • part II focuses on supervision in groups addressing training, difference and peer group image consultation, as well as supervision of experienced practitioners
    • part III explores theory related to purposes and challenges in supervision and research.

    A vital contribution to the literature in the context of Continuing Professional Development, this volume establishes the image as central in the supervision of art psychotherapists. It brings the experience of the artist in the psychotherapist into the frame, provoking questions about the meaning of images and image making in supervision.

    Schaverien, Introduction. Case, Review of the Literature on Art Therapy Supervision. Part I: Theoretical Innovations in Individual Supervision. Damarell, The Supervisor’s Eyes. Schaverien, Framing Enchantment: Countertransference in Analytical Art Psychotherapy Supervision. Dalley, Piecing Together the Jigsaw Puzzle: Thinking about the Clinical Supervision of Art Therapists Working with Children and Young People. Henley, Supervisory Responses to Child Art Therapy: Assessment, Intervention and Outcome. Case, Imagery in Supervision: The Non-verbal Narrative of Knowing. Part II: Theoretical Innovations in Group Supervision. Laine, Image Consultation: Supporting the Work of Art Therapists. Skaife, Working in Black and White: An Art Therapy Supervision Group. Robbins, The Art of Supervision. Brown, Meyerowitz-Katz & Ryde, Thinking with Image Making: Supervising Student Art Therapists. Part II: Purposes and Challenges in Supervision and Research. Wood, Agency and Attention: Purposes of Supervision. Killick, Working with Ambivalence in the Clinical Supervision of Art Therapists. Gilroy, In Pursuit of an Object: The Supervision of Art Therapy Research.


    Joy Schaverien is a Jungian Analyst in private practice, Visiting Professor in Art Psychotherapy at the University of Sheffield, a Professional Member of the Society of Analytical Psychology in London, and a Training Therapist and Supervisor for the British Association of Psychotherapists.

    Caroline Case is an Analytical Art Therapist working in private practice with children and adults. She is also a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working in a child and family mental health service in the NHS in Bristol.

    "This splendid series breaks new ground in its depth, breadth and scope, guided by Joy Schaverien’s recognition that the time is right for a comprehensive, multi-faceted study of supervision in the arts psychotherapies. With each volume, the reader is invited to imagine, explore, and reflect on the expressive qualities of a particular art form in clinical supervision, turning special attention to art, music, dance, drama, and sandplay through contributions by leading experts from different parts of the world. These five volumes will make a lasting contribution as essential reading for supervisors and supervisees across the psychotherapies. The series also contributes toward a deeper understanding of the mentor-student relationship and the healing power of the arts." – Joan Chodorow, Jungian analyst and former President of the American Dance Therapy Association

    "This new series of Supervision in the Arts Therapies is both timely and necessary. Now that all the arts therapies are established as State Registered professions in their own right, there is a lack of resources which can support both the more advanced practitioner and the student. The writers of these individual titles are leaders in their respective fields both as researchers and practitioners. These publications make very important and innovative steps, and should be read by everyone in related fields of work." - Dr. Sue Jennings, Consultant Dramatherapist and Supervisor

    "Each volume will not only communicate across the arts therapies but also to colleagues in other psychotherapies and health professions, to our mutual benefit."

    - Diane Waller, Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths College University of London, President of the British Association of Art Therapists

    "Supervision of Art Psychotherapy is a survey that can serve to direct the reader to reading a preferred author in more depth. Most of the authors eloquently and directly address both transference and countertransference issues which may be a good review for sandplay therapists who have become more comfortable with contransference." - Donna Johnson, a Certified Sandplay Therapist-Teacher (STA) and member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, in Journal of Sandplay Therapy - Volumbe XVII, Number 1- 2008