Family Therapy Supervision and Consultation
This course reviews the state of the art in consultation with and supervision of family therapists. Students explore the context, philosophy, relationships, and pragmatics of supervision. They also analyze such major systemic supervision models as inter-generational, integrative, Post-Milan, and constructionist. A central focus of the course is the emphasis given to a "hands-on" experience. In addition to studying the models, students experience an ongoing relationship as both supervisee and supervisor. The course frames the supervisory process as a conversation embedded in the interplay of race, class, gender, and institutional politics. As a result, discussions focus on issues of sexual orientation, cultural sensitivity, the mandate to educate urban practitioners, and changing clinical and economic realities. The course involves face-to-face supervision, genograms, videotapes, and other family therapy supervisory techniques. Consideration is given to the life experiences of course participants, as well as to ethical and legal issues. Other topics include the differences between supervisor and consultant stances and the potential use of family therapy techniques in organizational settings.