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Power and Vulnerability in Clinical Supervision – Presented by Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D.

29 September, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Both participants in the supervision relationship are personally and professionally vulnerable. Thus the power is bidirectional, just as it is in therapy. Each participant has power, although the particular forms of power may be different and the distribution of power may be asymmetrical. But no one is immune from narcissistic vulnerability, including the supervisor. Supervisors want to have the experience of being liked, respected, viewed as helpful, for instance. How do these desires get managed in difficult supervision processes?
Also, themes of power and of vulnerability operate in different ways depending on the situation in which the supervisory relationship occurs. Are there racial or ethnic differences between the supervisor, supervisee, and/or the patient? Is the supervisee being evaluated in a formal manner by the supervisor? Is the supervisor being evaluated by the work setting in which the supervision takes place? Does the supervisee evaluate the supervisor in a formal or informal manner? How do the parties in the supervision relationship navigate the question of what kind of supervision best serves the supervisee and the patient?
We will explore together the vagaries of power and vulnerability, in hopes we can become more sensitized to the interplay of power and vulnerability in our supervisory relationships, and perhaps we can also become more graceful when these themes become disruptive forces in our work.
Learning objectives
By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
1. Identify the relevant structural, cultural and personal power dynamics that inhere in most supervision relationships.
2. Use a didactically-oriented supervisory stance to work productively with relevant power dynamics in the therapeutic process.
3. Use a therapeutically-oriented supervisory stance to work productively with relevant power dynamics in the therapeutic process.
4. Observe and define “presence” and “emotional courage” in the supervision process.
Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D. has long been interested in the relational dimension of psychotherapy, and in integrating humanistic theories with contemporary psychoanalytic theories. She is also interested in what it means to practice as a white therapist in culturally diverse environments. Both a gestalt therapist and a psychoanalyst, she is a co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) and faculty analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. She teaches and supervises at ICP and PGI, and teaches gestalt therapists locally, nationally, and internationally. She has published two books (with Rich Hycner) and numerous articles in both realms (many of which can be found at Academia.edu).
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the scholarship fund of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles.


29 September, 2018
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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6 Continuing Education Units will be provided by the Pacific Gestalt Institute. Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) is approved for continuing education hours by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #: PCE 369) for LMFTs and LCSWs. PGI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PGI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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