Social constructionist supervision or supervision as social construction? Some Dilemmas

Philp, Kay M., Guy, Glen E., & Lowe, Roger D. (2007) Social constructionist supervision or supervision as social construction? Some Dilemmas. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26(1), pp. 51-62.

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In teaching and supervising postmodern approaches to therapy we face a number of dilemmas. Supervisees and supervisors may be confronted with ethical issues which challenge their consistent application of postmodern therapies. These challenges have the potential to limit discursive options by drawing us into either defending or abandoning particular therapeutic and supervisory models. This paper identifies several ideas which help us move more fluidly between discourses in order to maintain a collaborative supervisory space with room for multiple perspectives regardless of the supervisee’s clinical model. These ideas include aligning with the concept of supervision as social construction; meta-positioning in order to deconstruct all aspects of our work; remaining aware of the inherent power imbalances in the construct of supervision; and exploring ethical ideas through multiple lenses.

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ID Code: 8034
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: supervision, social constructionism, counselling
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Guilford Press.
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Deposited On: 21 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:41

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