Developing supra-vision using naturally occurring video material within supervision

Helps, Sarah (2021) Developing supra-vision using naturally occurring video material within supervision. In: Improving Communication in Mental Health Settings: Evidence-Based Recommendations from Practitioner-led Research. Routledge, pp. 209-224. ISBN 9780367456054

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Supervision plays a vital role in the delivery of safe, effective, reflective clinical practice. Supervision of work with families is multi-layered and includes both detailed scrutiny of how family members communicate with each other as well as exploration of how therapists communicate with those in the family system. Retrospective supervision based on the clinicians’ memory and clinical notes is the most common type of supervision once a clinician is qualified. However, this supervisory form often lacks detail and depth when compared with review of what actually happened within a clinical session based on review of a recording. This chapter focusses on the benefits of using conversation analytic tools within supervision to explore and ultimately improve therapist-family communication. Following a review of literature and a detailed practice-example, I show the benefits of starting supervisory conversations with conversation-analytic examination of video-tape material. I show how words and embodied actions can tell different stories about the process of communication and so need to be considered together. Micro-practices of spoken and embodied communication are connected to issues of power and social diversity. Overall, I conclude that the costs of making and carefully examining recordings of clinical work within supervision are outweighed by the learning gained.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Communication
Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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