Therapy in Supervision: Responsibility and Relationship

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 Zoë Krupka, The Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Australia    


Don’t turn your head.

Keep looking at the bandaged place.

That’s where the light enters you.




This paper addresses the question Where does supervision end and therapy begin? positioning the ideal of the separation of supervision practice from therapy within a broad nest of contexts incorporating  the legislative, organisational, methodological and personal. The author explores the proscriptive separation of supervisory and therapeutic interventions through an auto-ethnographic lens, examining the experience of working as a supervisor in light of the current literature on supervision and raising pertinent questions of where and how this line is to be drawn in practice.