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Supervision is an essential aspect of the therapeutic process, providing therapists with valuable guidance, development of clinical skills and a reflective space to think about the complexities of their work with an experienced colleague. Live supervision offers a unique opportunity for psychotherapists to go ‘behind the scenes’ and witness the many different styles and approaches to supervision, offering insight and opportunity to learn from each other.
Each guest supervisor presents on their distinct theoretical orientations and personal style. Supervisors offer techniques, interventions and theoretical perspectives that they have developed through their own clinical practice, experience of being supervised and offering supervision. With extensive experience in the field speakers bring together theory and lived experience ensuring that participants leave these sessions with new learnings, applications and adaptability to different and perhaps challenging case material.
In this session our guest supervisor, Phil Mollon, works live with a volunteer, preselected by our team, who will act as a supervisee. This supervisee will offer a composite case or a case where permission has been granted to share. The session will begin with a brief outline of the case which will then be followed by an unrehearsed live supervision. There are opportunities for questions and discussion with supervisee and supervisor after the live supervision.
Beyond the theoretical paradigms, we hope to demonstrate the art of supervision itself – the delicate balance of support and challenge, the cultivation of self-awareness in the practitioner, and a safe and nurturing space for professional growth. These sessions will showcase how supervisors tailor their method to the unique needs and strengths of each therapist, honoring diversity and individuality in the process.
We look forward to welcoming you in, behind the scenes, for these fascinating and rewarding sessions.
Three key questions are often very helpful in revealing how personality has been shaped and are therefore useful in orienting a supervisory exploration.
What did your mother want of you – and how did you respond to this?
What did your father want of you – and how did you respond to this?
What role were you assigned in relation to siblings (if any) – and how did you respond to this?
Phil Mollon will explore these questions with our supervisee in the context of psychoanalytic energy psychotherapy. Energy psychotherapy can embrace all that is understood within psychoanalysis, but also teaches us to be precise in identifying and exploring the events and dynamics that have shaped the client’s development and, crucially, the factors that hold the problems in place. Thus, we can enquire about specific events and traumas, and the beliefs and protective strategies that have arisen from these. We can consider the unconscious motives for maintaining the presenting difficulties – often to do with feeling it is not safe to resolve the problem or that the person does not deserve to overcome it, or that there is hidden pleasure in the suffering.
In this session our guest supervisor, Phil Mollon, will work live with a volunteer, preselected by our team, who will act as a supervisee. This supervisee will offer a composite case or a case where permission has been granted to share. The session will begin with a brief outline of the case which will then be followed by an unrehearsed live supervision. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion with supervisee and supervisor after the live supervision.