The Conversational Model proposes restricting the use of the concept of transference to those repetitive elements that come from a traumatic relational past and that one may be unaware of. The Conversational Model is a “Relational Model” that highlights the importance of mutually regulated, co-constructed, and overlapping expectational fields.
Supervision offers one of several potentially safe spaces where one can explore one’s own understanding of these traumatic elements, in order to overcome any potential limitations that can arise when a poor understanding may disrupt the progress of therapy. Dr Lianos will give an overview of the ideas of transference and countertransference as conceptualised from within the Conversational Model, before proceeding to discuss the importance of exploring these issues in clinical supervision.
Traditional models of training in group work have utilised the group as a resource and in vivo situation for skills demonstration, practice and supervision. In this presentation we will explore the boundaries of this use of the group to extend to the group as a trainer, supervisor and as the ground of a holistic wisdom above and beyond that of the group members. Such conceptualisation offers alternative lens for viewing the group that derive from the field perspective of Gestalt therapy.