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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes the supervisory relationship from a psychodynamic point of view, focusing on a relational model of supervision. This model can be characterized along three dimensions: the nature of the supervisor's authority; the relevant data for supervisory processing; and the supervisor's primary mode of participation.
Purpose: The authors believe that there is a relative paucity of literature on supervision from a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic point of view. They see this as very surprising because the supervisory relationship is the means by which clinicians learn psychotherapy. In addition, the authors wanted to write from a contemporary relational perspective. The book is needed meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: The book is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychoanalysts, and others involved in supervisory work. However, the emphasis is supervision from a clearly psychoanalytic/psychodynamic perspective. In my judgment, students can benefit from this book as well since they often become involved in supervision early in their careers, sometimes even during internships. The authors are credible authority in the subject matter.
Features: The book presents a historical review of psychodynamic supervision and then proceeds to explore a relational model of supervision. Traditional analytic concepts such as regression and parallel process are also discussed. The authors clearly explain the relational model of supervision, which I think is the highlight of the book. There are sufficient case examples to clarify the material.
Assessment: This is a very good book because the subject of supervision is central to teaching the psychotherapeutic (and psychodiagnostic) process to students. Although I am from the cognitive-behavioral tradition, the book highlights issues that cross theoretical boundaries. It is very useful and is written quite well.