Incorporating gender issues in clinical supervision

Dennis, Maxine and Aitken, Gill (2012) Incorporating gender issues in clinical supervision. In: Supervision and clinical psychology: Theory, practice and perspectives (2nd ed.). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, New York, pp. 118-141. ISBN 9780415495127

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In this chapter, the authors have argued for a move away from additive gender, 'race' or culture packages into supervisory and clinical practices towards a more integrative and transformative process. The authors tend to separate out the different dimensions of inequalities but in practice these are all instrumental to the deeper understanding of any individual. The authors are aware of how the supervisor-supervisee or therapist-client can become caught up focusing through a single lens of understanding and practice, such as gender or ignoring difference. Without some awareness of the interrelationship of social identifications, this can act as blockages to deeper understanding. To do this they must be able critically to appraise the established assumptions and practices. This may require the capacity to engage more with uncertainty within supervisory relationships. There is a need to move beyond packages of competency tools and techniques and utilize a more fluid approach that attends to process, including transference dynamics, values and meaning.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Race and Culture > Culture and Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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