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Vision and Supervision
Jungian and Post-Jungian Perspectives

Edited By

Dale Mathers

ISBN 9780415415804
Published December 22, 2008 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Supervision in analytical psychology is a topic that until recently has been largely neglected. Vision and Supervision draws on archetypal, classical, and developmental Post-Jungian theory to explore supervision from a variety of different avenues.

Supervision is a critical issue for therapists in many training programmes. Quality of training and of therapeutic treatment is paramount, and increasingly the therapy profession is having to devise ways of assessing and monitoring themselves and each other. In this book, Dale Mathers and his contributors emphasise a model of supervision based on parallel process, symbol formation and classical Jungian analysis rather than developmental psychology or psychoanalytic theory, to show how respect for diversity can innovate the practice of supervision. Divided into three sections, this book covers:

  • the framework of supervision, its boundaries and ethical parameters
  • individuation
  • supervision in different contexts including working with organisations and multicultural perspectives.

Written by experienced clinicians, Vision and Supervision brings insights from analytical psychology to the supervisory task and encourages the supervisor to pay as much attention to what does not happen in a session as to what does. It offers a fresh perspective for analysts and psychotherapists alike, as well as other mental health professionals involved in the supervisory process.

Table of Contents

Stein, Foreword. D. Mathers, Introduction. Part I: Strange Effects at Boundaries. Stokes, Boundaries: Separation, Merger, Mutuality. Palmer-Barnes, Ethics. D. Mathers, Difficult Patients. Part II: Individuation. Stone, Individuation. Bierschenk, The Spirit of Enquiry. C. Mathers, Mind the Gap: The Symbolic Container, Dreams and Transformation. Wainwright, Representation, Evocation and Witness: Clinical Scenes and Styles of Presentation. Part III: The Collective. Bamber, Working with Organisations. Maitra, Multicultural Perspectives. Heuer, Spooky Action at Distance: Parallel Process in Jungian Analysis and Supervision. Hall, Afterword.

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Dale Mathers is a Jungian Analyst in private practice. He teaches analytical psychology in the UK and Europe and directed the Student Counselling Service at the London School of Economics. He is a Professional Member of the Association of Jungian Analysts.


"In this book a group of experienced practitioners re-vision the core elements of supervision practice. In doing so they inevitably till soil that has been well worked by others, but create through this process interesting newly ploughed furrows. Despite some opaqueness in places in the textual style, the book is sensitively written in a spirit of enquiry and contributes towards the individuation process in supervision." - Edward Martin, Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2009