Teaching the Use of Self Through the Process of Clinical Supervision

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In their efforts to learn the skills involved in the use of self, clinical social work supervisees are faced with the daunting task of integrating information coming not only from the patient but also from their own complex set of responses. The clinical supervisor serves a key role in guiding the trainee through this process. Grounded in contemporary psychodynamic theory, this paper discusses an approach to helping the supervisor model the use of self in the context of the supervisory relationship. A supervisory case example is used to illustrate.



McTighe, John. "Teaching the Use of Self Through the Process of Clinical Supervision." Clinical Social Work Journal 39.3 (2011): 301-307.

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-010-0304-3