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Berman, A. and N. Berger (2007). Matrix and Reverie in Supervision Groups.
Group Analysis
40: 236-250.

Supervision may become a meaningful source for consultation and support from colleagues at all stages of a therapist's work. Supervision is often used as a tool of evaluation by institutions and training programs at the beginning of ones' career. At those stages it entails being an apprentice and having a tutor; such asymmetrical relations between the supervisee and the supervisor tend to accrue unconscious meanings of power, hierarchies, control and dependency. These factors further increase the supervisee's vulnerabilities. Without underrating the value of individual supervision, we believe (along with others) that group supervision can promote the therapists' sense of belonging and enhance the consolidation of his professional identity. It assists him in realizing that he is not alone in this process. Nevertheless, supervisees undergo distressing experiences in group supervision, and oftentimes perceive the group as unsafe and anxiety provoking. Such feelings curtail the learning process and reduce the benefits that the group process can afford. Hence, we are suggesting a conceptual frame that would maximize the productivity of group supervision, reduce its disadvantages and allow for the development of a learning potential space for all its participants. We claim that Bion's notion of Reverie and Foulkes' concept of Matrix when combined and applied to group supervision provides an integrative base for a productive supervisory experience. The structure we suggest creates a frame for the process of Reverie to take place. It enhances members' ability to become close to themselves and touch upon the specific feeling tones that are evoked by the case presentation. The group process relies on the emotional resonance and mutual mirroring members provide for each other. Their personal contributions are woven into a rich Matrix that recreates the multidimensionality inherent in the presented material. In addition to providing the rational for structuring the supervision group as outlined above, we present technical implications and clinical material which demonstrates the work that can be done by using this model.

Dr. Avi Berman, Clinical Psychologist, Organizational Consultant, POB 1017 Ramat Hsharon Israel,

Dr. Avia Berman is Israeli delegate of EFPP group psychotherapy section.


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