WORKING RELATIONALLY IN PSYCHODYNAMIC SUPERVISION
The centerpiece of this two-meeting course will be the viewing and analysis of a video of a supervision session conducted by Dr. Sarnat and videotaped at the American Psychological Association’s film studio. (Relational Psychodynamic Supervision, APA, 2016).
In the first meeting, we will view the video, tracking the supervisor's struggles as she tries to “teach” the supervisee, but with limited supervisee learning taking place. As the supervisor becomes aware of her anxiety and resistance, the supervisory relationship shifts and, in subsequent treatment hours, the therapeutic relationship shifts as well.
In the second meeting, we will discuss selected chapters from Dr. Sarnat’s most recent book, Supervision Essentials for Psychodynamic Psychotherapies (APA, 2016). Topics include relational vs. non-relational psychodynamic supervisory approaches, evidence for the effectiveness of a relational model of psychodynamic supervision, adapting to the developmental level and learning needs of supervisees, opening up conversations about difference, and supervising ethically. Participant questions and vignettes will be welcomed throughout.
At the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Describe three ways that a relational approach to psychodynamic supervision differs from patient-focused and supervisee-focused dynamic approaches.
- Identify instances of deepening supervisee participation in a supervisory session, in order to utilize interventions that maximize the learning of that supervisee.
- Cite three examples of evidence for the effectiveness of a relational supervisory approach.
- Apply principles from relational psychodynamic supervision to create a supervisory environment that facilitates conversations about socio-cultural difference.
- Describe how the view of authority relations in relational psychodynamic supervision creates a supervisory environment that supports ethical practice.
- Sarnat, J. (2012). Supervising Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Present Knowledge, Pressing Needs, Future Possibilities. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy: 42, (3) 151-160.
- Sarnat, J. (2015). Supervision Essentials for the Psychodynamic Psychotherapies. Wash., DC: American Psychological Association.
Joan Sarnat, Ph.D., ABPP, is a personal and supervising analyst and member of the faculty at PINC. She co-authored, with Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, The Supervisory Relationship (Guilford Press, 2001) and authored Supervision Essentials for Psychodynamic Psychotherapies (APA, 2016). Dr. Sarnat is in clinical and supervisory practice in Berkeley.
This class is intended for all mental health clinicians who have supervised other clinicians or expect to do so in the near future. It is intended for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work and supervision who have some background in the the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.