Supervision of Psychotherapy

Supervision is central to the teaching and learning of psychotherapy, yet supervisors often receive little or no formal training in how to supervise. This seminar is intended for early and experienced psychotherapy supervisors as well as those who are just starting out as supervisors.

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8 Sessions: Wednesdays, Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, 27, Apr 10, 24, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459


This course is only for licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing education credits are offered for psychologists and social workers.


Supervision of Psychotherapy

 

Supervision is central to the teaching and learning of psychotherapy, yet supervisors often receive little or no formal training in how to supervise. In this seminar, we will explore the process of psychotherapy supervision, through readings, discussion, vignettes (provided by the instructor and members of the seminar) and live supervision (members supervising one another, observed by the group). We will examine interpersonal, theoretical, and technical issues in the supervisory process. This seminar is intended for early and experienced psychotherapy supervisors as well as those who are just starting out as supervisors. Topics to be covered include: the history of supervision, the opening phase, the supervisory frame, the learning assessment, models of supervision, supervisory interventions, authority, mutuality, intersubjectivity, the supervisor’s mode of involvement, affect and boundaries in supervision, self-esteem in the supervisory relations, and the closing phase of supervision.

 

Instructor

Paul David, MD -- Psychoanalyst Member, Chair of Supervision, Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP), and Faculty of the Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School. Dr. David is a co-author of The Supervisory Encounter. Private practice in Brookline.

 

Learning Objectives
After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss different models of supervision, including the didactic (or patient-centered) model, the countertransference (or therapist-centered) model, and the relational (or relationship-centered) model.
  2. Negotiate the supervisor-supervisee contract with attention to arrangements, material to be discussed, expectations, clinical responsibility, evaluations and confidentiality.
  3. Discuss options for supervisory interventions and gain skill at using these interventions in conducting supervision.
  4. Discuss different modes of thinking in supervision and consider these modes in evaluating the learning style of supervisees.
  5. Discuss the supervisory relationship, including issues of authority, inter-subjectivity, mutuality and the supervisor’s mode of involvement in the supervision.
  6. Discuss the importance of the mid-year and end-year evaluations in facilitating both education and quality assurance for the supervisory relationship.
  7. Discuss and analyze supervisory interactions, based on direct observation of live supervision.
  8. Practice psychotherapy supervision in dyads.



References

Sherman, E. (2015). Mutual anxiety in supervision. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 12:179-191.

Watkins, C. E. (2015). The learning alliance in psychoanalytic supervision: A fifty-year retrospective and prospective. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32:451-481.

Watkins, C. E. (2016). Self psychology and psychoanalytic supervision: Some thoughts on a contextualized perspective. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 11:276-292.

Yerushalmi, H. (2012). On regression and supervision. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 23:229-237.

 

Schedule
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Group discussion, case presentations, live supervision, didactic presentations.



Continuing Education

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 12 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation. 

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.

Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.

 

 

 

 

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