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`It is a fairly well established clich[ac]e that while supervision is recognised as a crucial component of good practice in psychotherapy and counselling, there is correspondingly little written about it... [this book is] a good step in redressing the balance... It is a practical, didactic and generic view of how to do supervision... giving a fairly comprehensive account of 30 of the formal skills that all supervisors probably use whether consciously or not... The book discusses each of the skills, giving examples as well as practical suggestions as to how to approach difficult issues... directed principally at counsellors, it is a book to dip into when faced with a panic about a specific issue' - Therapeutic Communities
Chapter 8: Refer to Parallel Process Issues when these are Meaningful
Refer to Parallel Process Issues when these are Meaningful
Parallel process is described by Mattinson in the following terms: ‘The processes at work currently in the relationship between client and worker are often reflected in the relationship between worker and supervisor’ (1975: 11). It was Searles (1955) who first coined the term and described the phenomenon, which is sometimes confusingly referred to as a ‘reflection process’ and as ‘mirroring’. (We say confusingly because these terms are used quite differently by other writers.) Mattinson refers to an ‘unconscious mimicry’ by the counsellor of the client, when discussing the client in supervision. While probably all counsellors understand and convey objectively much of their clients' material, it is argued that what ...