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Martin, E. (2009). Mathers Dale (Ed.). Vision and Supervision: Jungian and Post-Jungian Perspectives. London & New York: Routledge, 2009. Pp. xiv + 202. Pbk. £21.99.. J. Anal. Psychol., 54(4):537-538.

(2009). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 54(4):537-538

Mathers Dale (Ed.). Vision and Supervision: Jungian and Post-Jungian Perspectives. London & New York: Routledge, 2009. Pp. xiv + 202. Pbk. £21.99.

Review by:
Edward Martin

Since pioneering courses were established in the eighties, supervision training has become an important part of a therapist's CPD (Continuing Professional Development), portfolio, an adjunct to a therapeutic training, focusing on additional but essential skills and theoretical tools, such as the ability to move from a two to a three person relationship, extending the model of countertransference, the ability to use the reflection process, and establishing necessary professional boundaries for supervisory work to be undertaken in a variety of settings. Supervision, long established as an essential element in training, now occupies a central position as part of the professional therapist's working discipline.

The expansion in training has stimulated a growth in supervision literature of which this book, based on seminars organized by the Association of Jungian Analysts, London, is the latest. The book claims impartiality within Jungian theory; the editor, Dale Mathers, describing the authors as a group of Jungian analysts, ‘artists and craftsmen’, who ‘offer counselling, therapy, analysis and supervision’.

The book is divided into three sections and each section contains some of what I would regard as core curriculum for analytic supervision training. Jean Stokes and Fiona Palmer Barnes write interestingly and thoroughly on boundaries and ethics. Martin Stone uses the concept of individuation to open up the vexed question of the therapeutic quality of supervision, in particular the discussion of the supervisee's countertransference and the extent to which supervision should engage with the supervisee's affective inner world. Stone appeals for an extension of the dialectic process of analysis into the supervisory triad, suggesting that the individuation process, woven into the analytic encounter, could be extended to include the three participants in the supervisory process.

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