The Supervision of Supervision: A Thematic Analysis of Family Therapy Supervisors’ Experiences of a Group Supervision Structure in a Training Context

  • Jim SheehanEmail author
Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)


While there has been a growing body of literature and research on systemic supervision there has been no comparable engagement in the systemic literature with the supervision of supervision within the field of couple and family therapy. The chapter reports on the findings of a qualitative study exploring the experiences of eight family therapy supervisors of a group supervision of supervision event within a training context. The study found that supervisors valued the group supervision event for different reasons, experienced the group character of the supervision as offering a mixture of benefits and limitations and connected a range of positive impacts on their supervision practice to their participation in the supervision of supervision event.


Supervision of supervision Multiple voices Systemic supervision Supervisory position Person of the supervisor Group process 



My thanks to Professor Per Jensen who supervised this research study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Therapy Section, Faculty of Social StudiesVID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway

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