Saturday 23rd March 2019
When one therapist is not enough: Supervisors as partners
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An important function of psychotherapy is to increase the capacity of patients to read their own affective and intentional states and those of others who are important to them. A role of supervisors is to assist psychotherapists in fulfilling this function. From child development research we know that the relationship between parents has a role to play in developing reflective, mentalizing capacities.
Extrapolating this finding to the therapeutic encounter, this talk will summarise arguments that have been made over the 70 year history of Tavistock Relationships for couples being seen by two therapists updating and illustrating these in the light of research on the developmental significance of co-parenting.
Autumn 2019 Conference
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.