The Art of Relational Supervision demonstrates the clinical implications of the relational approach when applied to supervision. Describing her philosophical and theoretical rationale for setting up relational supervision groups, Helena Hargaden’s goal in supervision is to reveal the relational unconscious within the client/therapist relationship. Here, with chapters from members of these groups, the vitality of supervision is brought to life as the clinical implications of the therapist's internal world are highlighted by group members. The complexity of group dynamics are explored and psychotherapists show how this positively affects their work with clients and patients.
The main themes examined in the book are the:
Bi-directionality of the relational unconscious
Ubiquity of therapeutic enactments and ruptures
Intuitive use of improvisation
Co-creation of the intersubjective third – the analytic third
Focus on mutuality and reciprocity
Filled with case study examples, readers of The Art of Relational Supervision will gain a deep insight into the complex dynamics which form an integral part of any supervision and discover how, this type of relational approach strengthens the therapeutic relationship to bring about significant psychological change for the client. It will be an invaluable resource for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.
"A supervision approach that emphasises the finding of the client in the therapist is a great contribution to Relational
psychotherapy and to supervision generally. The rich contributions in this book invite a deep level of reflective practice for all psychotherapists and supervisors" - Adrienne Lee TSTA (P), Director of The Berne Institute
"Inspiring, original and practical. This could transform how we think of supervision, whether in training settings or for qualified people. Against a background of a superb critical appreciation of what relational means sharp and fascinating in itself - the book tells it like it is in group supervision. The new model for supervision shows how working on realistic levels of mutual openness, on personal imaginative expressiveness, and on the development of a grounded ethical sensibility aid the development of those same qualities in therapy work."- Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex
Helena Hargaden, DPsych, MSc, BA (Hons), TSTA (Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst), is UKCP registered and a member of IARPP, EATA, and a co-founder of International Association of Relational Analysis. She has a private practice in West Sussex. In collaboration with others she began the relational developments in transactional analysis. She has been widely published and translated into a number of other languages.