Creating a Dialogical Culture for Supervision

  • Anne Hedvig VedelerEmail author
Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)


The approach discussed in this chapter offers a perspective based on the idea that what goes on in the supervisory situation itself in terms of relationships between all involved, the climate and the culture created, serves as a model of what can happen in the supervisee’s own professional work. In other words: The logic behind this way of supervising rests on the transferability of a culture of supervision into the supervisee’s professional work.

The concept of dialogue is central. This term involves both verbal exchange and emotional and bodily levels of human communication, consciously and unconsciously. Experiences, over time, in a climate governed by dialogical principles, may create a dialogical group culture, which may profoundly affect the participants personally and professionally. The intention is to create a culture where movements, complexity, diversity, and surprises are dealt with as invitations to be flexible and improvised, in a benevolently open manner.


Dialogue Invitation Format Tuning in Responsiveness Musicality Improvisation Presence Pace and listening 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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