Saturday 16th November 2019
“Supervisees’ Internal Analytic Community”
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Therapists’ internalised analytic community appears as a “third presence” in therapeutic interactions, facilitating the development and safety of therapeutic processes, enhancing therapists’ sense of belonging to a protective entity and sharing some of the therapeutic responsibility. Like other internal or imagined communities, the analytic community consists of a group of representations of identification figures with a collective set of ideals and beliefs. Sometimes, however, therapists experience contradictions between their internal analytic community’s representations and individualistic parts of their professional selves. The supervisors’ role includes helping their supervisees to internalise and assimilate constructively the analytic community by negotiating these inner contradictions. The day will continue with these themes and discussions will also occur within small breakout groups. The conference will end with a plenary discussion.