chapter  9
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On the use of self in supervision

Supervision that is to encourage the therapeutic use of self by the counsellor will emphasise attention given to the person of the counsellor as he or she lives in relationship with the client. Such supervision will focus primarily on the counsellor’s own dynamics and reactions to clients rather than on case discussion, analysis of client problems, case work management, or counselling skills and techniques. Whilst acknowledgement and consideration of these aspects of the therapeutic work will need to take precedence on occasion, as a rule the counsellor will be principally encouraged to examine their own needs, drives, motivations and personal responses to clients as a way of developing their internal supervisor (Casement 1985) and enhancing their use of self.