The Tavistock relational model of supervision for applied psychology practice: The significance of communication in the establishment and maintenance of the supervisory relationship

Kennedy, Emma-Kate and Al-Khatib, Batul and Keaney, Caroline and Shaldon, Chris (2016) The Tavistock relational model of supervision for applied psychology practice: The significance of communication in the establishment and maintenance of the supervisory relationship. In: 38th Annual Conference of the International School Psychology Association, 20-23 July 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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INTRODUCTION: Supervision of professional practice is a core aspect of developing competence in school psychology, and in developing capability for qualified practitioners. Communication – conscious and unconscious – underpins the establishment, development and maintenance of effective supervisory relationships. MATERIAL & METHODS: Drawing on the clinic’s psychoanalytic, systems and attachment traditions, a model for the application of such approaches to supervisory practice has been recently developed. Recent mixed methods research into the supervisee’s experience of the relational aspects of the model is presented during the workshop and a case study illustrating the model’s practical application to clinical practice explored. Materials developed to support the application of the model are also shared. RESULTS: Key themes regarding the communication aspects of the relationship, especially in terms of provision of a ‘safe base’ and the dynamics of containment are explored further. Facilitator reflections on styles of relating and the potential for mirroring certain communication dynamics (that exist in the supervisee:client relationship) in the supervisee:supervisor relationship and vice versa are examined. CONCLUSION: Limitations, strengths and suggestions for future research and practice development in this area are identified. Participants have the opportunity to bring their own case material to the session and experience aspects of the relational model in practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 13:17
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 13:17
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1852

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