Supervising Mental Health Clinicians in The Context of Complex Organisational Dynamics

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Stevenson, S. 2014. Supervising Mental Health Clinicians in The Context of Complex Organisational Dynamics. Journal of Social Work Practice. 29 (4), pp. 445-456. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2014.956305
AuthorsStevenson, S.
Abstract

This article discusses the complex dynamics and challenges of providing supervision to mental health clinicians working within an organisational context when the supervisor is not part of the organisation and has no formal managerial or accountability responsibility. It considers two models of supervision and their application to three supervisory relationships in an organisational context. It concludes that for supervision to be effective there needs to be a consideration of the social defences in operation within the organisation and how they are met by the anxieties and defences of the supervisor and supervisee. This requires a mixed approach by the supervisor of the technical with the inter-subjective as a reliance on one model of supervision risks limiting the effectiveness of the intervention. The role of the supervisor can enable the supervisee to establish a clinical framework and the necessary environment essentials for their practice.

Keywordspsychoanalysis; supervision; symbolic equation; organisation dynamics; defences; anxiety
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
Journal citation29 (4), pp. 445-456
ISSN0265-0533
1465-3885
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2014.956305
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2014.956305
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Print04 Sep 2014
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Deposited20 Jun 2017
Accepted2014
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Social Work Practice on 04/09/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02650533.2014.956305.
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