Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 236–245 | Cite as

Perplexing or distressing episodes in supervision: How they can help in the teaching and learning of psychotherapy

  • Claire Allphin


Difficult times in the supervision of psychotherapists are shown to have the potential for making positive contributions to the teaching/learning process. The concept of parallel process is central to this paper, along with emphasis on the supervisor's self-awareness and use of her inner experience, positive and negative countertransference, and Kohut's concept of the selfobject transferences. A number of case examples illustrate these ideas.


Positive Contribution Parallel Process Difficult Time Distressing Episode Selfobject Transference 
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© Human Sciences Press 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Allphin
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  1. 1.Oakland

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