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Lieberman, S. (1987). Supervision and Training Models, Dilemmas and Challenges edited by Florence W. Kaslow. Published by the Haworth Press; 259 pages; $32.95.. Brit. J. Psychother., 4(1):113.

(1987). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 4(1):113

Supervision and Training Models, Dilemmas and Challenges edited by Florence W. Kaslow. Published by the Haworth Press; 259 pages; $32.95.

Review by:
Stuart Lieberman

This book is unashamedly described as consisting of a complex tapestry of ideas and models by the Editor. It provides an interesting window into the American world of supervisory training. After reading through this book I was left feeling that there is a dearth of important written material on psychotherapy supervision in the United Kingdom. It was a pleasure to read the article ‘Working in Teams: Pros and Cons’ from the Family Institute in Cardiff for that reason. This chapter proved a counterpoint to ‘Seeking and Providing Supervision in Private Practice’ by the Editor. Israel Charny discusses the therapist's own insecurities about therapy and addresses some of the common worries of therapists. The difference in supervisory models throughout the fourteen chapters may leave readers in a dilemma as to what form of supervision is the right one for them. The Editor sums up in the fourteenth chapter that there is definitely not one right way in either supervision or training. Indeed supervision which goes against the beliefs or personality of the supervisee often fails.

This is a book of hors-d'oeuvres, some of which are more tasty than others. I found it interesting to read and would recommend it to those psychotherapists who supervise trainees in individual or family therapy and wish to widen their scope. There is not as much in this book for those who are dealing with groups although behaviour therapy is covered. Keep in mind that the majority of the book has a highly American flavour but, like hamburgers, hot dogs and deep pan pizza, the taste can be quite enjoyable.


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