The Evolving Nature of Psychoanalytic Supervision. From Pedagogical to Andragogical Perspective

  • In what primary ways has psychoanalytic supervision evolved over the course of its 100-year plus history? In this paper, I address that question by: (1) sketching out some of the historical differences that have been identified as characterizing the patient-centered, supervisee-centered, and relational-centered supervision perspectives; (2) placing those three perspectives within an adult education framework; and (3) considering their pedagogical (youth-focused) versus andragogical (adult-focused) nature. Based on this examination, I propose the following. Due to the infusion of interpersonal/intersubjective views into the body psychoanalytic, (1) the >maturing< of vision in psychoanalytic supervision (i.e., the movement from a youth-focused to an adult-focused approach to supervision) was made possible; (2) a shift from a supervisory >one-person model times two< to a triadic conceptualization was actuated; (3) traditional perspective on power and authority in supervision was upended; and (4) a more egalitarian, empowering, co-participative approach to supervision emerged and now endures. Attending to the six core principles of adult learning is presented as one primary way in which that “maturing” of vision is most evident in the contemporary practice of psychoanalytic supervision.

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Author:C. Edward Watkins
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 24 (No. 4, 2015), pp. 230-242.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2016/09/29
Format:PDF-scan upon request / PDF-Scan auf Anfrage
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