PRACTICING AS A POSTMODERN SUPERVISOR

Authors


  • Michael Ungar, PhD, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University.

  • The author wishes to thank Lou Costanzo for his helpful comments on a draft of this article and his thoughtful mentorship.

Michael Ungar, PhD, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, 6414 Coburg Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 2A7; E-mail:Michael.ungar@dal.ca

Abstract

In this article, aspects of postmodern supervision are explored that highlight the blurring of boundaries that occurs between the multiple roles performed by supervisors. An approach to supervision is detailed that shows how a supervisor who navigates between roles can assist supervisees in constructing identities congruent with the stories they tell about themselves as successful therapists. Six of the many possible roles that supervisors play are illustrated through dialogue taken from a group supervision session. In the last part of this article, concepts that inform a postmodern approach to supervision, borrowed from the literature on narrative and constructionist therapy, are discussed.

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