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Clinical Perspectives on Psychotherapy Supervision

Edited by Stanley E. Greben, M.D., and Ronald Ruskin, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-552-4
  • Item #8552


Clinical Perspectives on Psychotherapy Supervision is the first book to examine the role of the supervisor—one of the most important teaching tools in psychotherapy—from multiple perspectives. Written by experts from virtually every major aspect of supervision, this book gives a clear picture of the many challenges involved in supervising, and how these challenges are best met.

Richly illustrated with clinical vignettes, Clinical Perspectives on Psychotherapy Supervision explores theories of supervision, reviews the recent literature, and offers guidelines for practice.

Clinical Perspectives on PsychotherapySupervision examines supervision from a variety of perspectives, including

  • the type of therapy (group, family, behavioral, psychodynamic)
  • the type of patient (psychotic, crisis)
  • the context (legal, ethical, cultural, gender)
  • the vantage of the supervisee
  • the vantage of the development of the supervisor
  • the perspective of failed supervision


Introduction: significant aspects of the supervisor-supervisee relationship and interaction. Ethical and legal issues in psychotherapy supervision. Gender issues in supervision. Issues in psychotherapy supervision when participants are from different cultures. Supervision of the beginning psychiatric resident. The supervisee’s experience of supervision. Supervision of group psychotherapy. Family therapy supervision. Supervision of patients with recurrent psychosis. Emergency and crisis psychotherapy supervision. A cognitive-behavioral model of supervision with individual and group components. The development of a psychotherapy supervisor. Privacy versus disclosurem in psychotherapy supervision. When supervision may fail: difficulties and impasses. Index.

About the Authors

Stanley E. Greben, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.R.C.Psych., is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor of Psychotherapy, University of Toronto. He is also Consultant and Coordinator of Postgraduate Psychiatric Education, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

Ronald Ruskin, M.D., Dip Psych, F.R.C.P.C., is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, and Senior Research Associate, Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is also Staff Psychiatrists, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

The book Clinical Perspectives on Psychotherapy Supervision as edited by Drs. Greben and Ruskin is an extremely valuable addition to the psychotherapy supervision literature. . . . This book approaches psychotherapy supervision not only from the developmental perspective, but it mentions nearly every matter that is relevant to psychotherapy supervision.'.—Harry Prosen, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Robert Michaels, in the Forward to this book, states that ‘if you are not a supervisor, reading this book will not make you one. But if you are a supervisor, it is certain to make you a better one.’ This well-written and extremely useful book goes beyond that modest Forward. Residents far enough along in their own supervision will appreciate this book and grow in their understanding of supervision, and supervisors may feel validated, supported, and motivated by it.—General Hospital Psychiatry

This book is an immensely valuable resource for any supervisor who wants to be a good one, or for any supervisor who has had enough experience to be interested in the process. Drs. Greben and Ruskin have collected their own experience and that of their colleagues, and done an immense service to the profession in the process.—Robert Michels, M.D., From the Foreword

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