Solitude and solidarit: a philosophy of supervision

Henderson, David (1997) Solitude and solidarit: a philosophy of supervision. In: Supervision: psychoanalytic and Jungian perspectives. Clarkson, Petrūska, ed. Whurr publishers' books on psychology and special education . Whurr, London. ISBN 9781897635940

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The practice of analytic psychotherapy is a vocation that is an expression of an archetypal impulse. Psychotherapists are often seen to have taken over the role of priests: to be priests for a secular age. The identity of the analtyic psychotherapist is closer to that of the hermit. There are eight elements to the identity of the analytic therapist: solitude, humility, liminality, ecstasy, craft, shame, kindness and zeal. While supervision is not therapy it is an analytic relationship with the potential to damage or nurture the vocational aspirations of both participants.

Item Type:Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled):supervision; vocation; psychotherapeutic identity; hermit; solitude; craft; shame
Research Areas:A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Psychoanalysis
ID Code:7630
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