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Creative Supervision Across Modalities


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1. Introduction to the Book. Anna Chesner, Psychotherapist, Trainer (BPA, UKCP), Supervisor (BADTh, HCPC), Co-Director, London Centre for Psychodrama. Lia Zografou, Dramatherapist, Supervisor, Trainer, Business Consultant, Coach (MA , HCPC, BADth). Part 1. An Introduction to Creative Supervision Across Modalities. 2. Philosophical and Theoretical Underpinnings. Anna Chesner and Lia Zografou. 3. Role as a Core Concept in Supervision. Anna Chesner. 4. Four Elements: Group Supervision and Playback Theatre. Lia Zografou. 5. The Six Shape Supervision Structure. Anna Chesner. Part 2. Applications of Creative Supervision Across Modalities. 6. Integrating Creative Approaches within Family Therapy Supervision. Hannah Sherbersky, Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (UKCP). 7. Building Imaginative Bridges: Creative Arts Supervision and Therapeutic Work with Children. Cath Wakeman, State Registered Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer, Trauma Specialist. 8. Embodiment and Movement in Supervision: An Integration of Theories and Techniques from Body Oriented, Movement Based Psychotherapy and Creative Supervision. Celine Butte, Recognised Private Practitioner, Supervisor with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Fiona Hoo, Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy. 9. Power and Vulnerability: Creative Supervision and Theological Education. Jane Leach, Principal, Wesley House, University of Cambridge. 10. Creative Supervision as "Potential Space" for Reflective Learning and Containment. Denise McHugh, Psychotherapist, Creative Supervisor (UKCP, BABCP, NMC, EMDR UK and Ireland). 11. The Psychodrama of Supervision. Eleni Ioannidou, Psychodrama Therapist, Supervisor. 12. The "Evil Castle": Creative Supervision and Art Psychotherapy in an In-patient Setting. Amanda Strevett-Smith, Dramatherapist.

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Offers a understanding of supervision theory and how to use creative methods to bring new depth to the supervision process

About the Author

Anna Chesner, MA is a UKCP registered psychodrama and group analytic psychotherapist and has been qualified as a supervisor for over twenty years. She has trained dramatherapists, integrative counsellors and psychotherapists and is course director of the London Centre for Psychodrama Group and Individual Psychotherapy Training in Creative Supervision. She has presented her work in creative supervision in the UK and internationally at the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisation conference, Jerusalem 2011. She has written extensively on supervision and action methods.


This much-needed cross-disciplinary book adds to the current literature on supervision. It will be indispensable to practitioners and students from a range of modalities. Each chapter thoughtfully illustrates a suggested model, resulting in a tightly structured volume. Creative practice fits into a common theory whilst inviting key topics in supervision to be considered. -- Professor Helen Payne, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Good to see another helpful addition to the books on supervision, especially one which illustrates how "supervision should be a sand-pit in which we play, more than a law-court in which we judge". The authors draw on their experience as psychodramatists and creative therapists to show how supervision can be a rich place of creativity, experimentation and learning through play in its deepest sense. The book includes many useful approaches for using art, enactment and embodied approaches in a variety of supervision settings. It will be particularly useful for those supervising the creative therapies. -- Professor Peter Hawkins, co-founder and Director of the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (
The authors have done an excellent job in blending theory and creative methods in a very readable and accessible form, demonstrating their core belief that intentional focus on creativity enhances supervisor practice. They have included contributions from very different fields and combined them in a skilful way that gives the book a coherence within the diversity, and leaves the reader with the desire to experiment more within their own supervisory practice. -- Robin Shohet, editor of Passionate Supervision and Supervision as Transformation
This book imaginatively combines theory and creative approaches to supervision, and is a must-read for both supervisor and supervisee. It is written in a manner that is both informative and practical, yet it also challenges the supervisor to move beyond the cultural conserve of supervision. It has a strong theoretical grounding that acknowledges the work and creativity of others and introduces innovative ideas from dramatherapy, psychodrama and playback theatre to enrich the supervisory experience. -- Jinnie Jefferies, Founder and Co-director, London Centre for Psychodrama
Creative supervision or Creative facilitated reflection, uses a range of creative approaches that use objects, role play, puppets and even storytelling, within a theoretical frame of different supervision approaches. This book is aimed at the creative supervisor or creative reflective facilitator giving a summary of the theoretical approaches and examples of how the approach has been developed and applied in different therapeutic settings i.e. modalities. -- Janet Dowling, Creative Reflective Supervisor * F & F, Facts & Fiction *
This book offers a valuable addition on the topic of supervision... Overall, this book provides both a great insight into theoretical understanding, by also practical appliances of creative supervision. I can recommend this book to anyone who works in a field, where supervision is key to excellent clinical practice and/or who wants to be inspired by various ways of how supervision can be used creatively in all different types of settings. -- Cornelia Bent * Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education *
the editors (...) bring together both the theoretical underpinnings to the approach and a collection of settings and ways of working in which creative supervision can be applied... I found these chapters fascinating, thought provoking and stimulating... this book holds treasures for our roles as play therapist supervisors... The text... is rich in experience, ideas and inspiration. Whether you read it right through or "pick-and-mix", you will be encourage to grow and explore new ways of working in your supervisory practice. -- Play Therapy

This book is rooted in the creative supervision programme at the London Centre for Psychodrama... The authors write concisely yet at depth about complex levels of supervisory processes. Throughout they demonstrate a profound understanding of the challenges of working creatively while remaining focused on the primary supervisory purpose, which is elegantly achieved by using 'the supervisory question'as a tool.
I enjoyed this book is a well articulated, grounded resource for supervisors and trainee supervisors working in creative therapeutic fields and a useful addition to their essential reading list.

-- Steve Page, coach, supervisor and author * Therapy Today *
This book provides both a great insight into theoretical understanding, but also practical appliances of creative supervision. I recommend this book to anyone who works in a field where supervision is key to excellent clinical practice and/or who wants to be inspired by various ways of how supervision can be used creatively in all different types of settings. -- Cornelia Bent * Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy *

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