Dr. Marc Lubin and Dr. Jed Yalof invite future and current therapists, counselors, and their supervisors to construct ways to achieve a more extensive and effective self-awareness and develop a "self-supervisory self" for a deeper and more informed clinical practice. Grounded in psychoanalytic supervision literature, Self Supervision: Psychodynamic Strategies uses a vignette-based and instructional format to outline a clear theory and framework for teaching, learning, and strengthening one's reflective self-supervision skills. Lubin and Yalof address how to create and sustain settings conducive to self-supervision; multiple approaches to gathering critical data including note-taking, recall, and use of technology; recognizing and addressing resistance to self-supervision; and exemplars, practical tools, processes, and routines for self-reflection and incorporation of what has been learned into future sessions. Through this approach to self-supervision, therapists will unlock and articulate inner observations; gain self-awareness before, during, and after client sessions; and arrive at greater clarity about their patients.
Marc Lubin, PhD, is full professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine, California, with over 50 years of teaching and supervising psychotherapists as well as doctoral students. Previously, Lubin served as the first faculty chair and campus dean at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, where he taught psychoanalytic psychotherapy to clinical psychology doctoral students while maintaining a private practice in individual psychotherapy and consultation. Throughout his training and practice, Dr. Lubin has benefited from consistent individual and group consultation from an array of respected psychoanalysts, including Howard Bacal, MD; Bruno Bettelheim, PhD; Erik Erikson; Merton Gill, MD; Arnold Goldberg, MD; and Robert Langs, MD, as well as many senior analytically oriented supervisors at the Austen Riggs Center. Additionally, Dr. Lubin has actively engaged in self-supervision throughout his clinical career working with a wide range of individual patients. This book captures several decades of Dr. Lubin’s own experience of fostering therapists’ self-awareness in therapeutic work as well as his own processes of self-supervision through teaching, practice, training, and supervising.
Jed Yalof, PsyD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and professor emeritus at Immaculata University, where he served as chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling and director of the PsyD program in clinical psychology for 30 years. Prior to that, he was the director of college counseling and testing services. He is in private practice in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and specializes in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, personality testing, educational evaluations, and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Yalof also serves as the staff neuropsychologist at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Yalof authored Training and Teaching the Mental Health Professional (1996); coauthored, with Drs. David Downing and Marc Lubin, Teaching, Training, and Administration in Graduate Psychology Programs: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (2018), and coedited with Dr. Anthony D. Bram Psychoanalytic Assessment: Applications for Different Settings (2021).
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Psychoanalytic Self-Supervision
Self-Supervision or Self-Analysis?
Chapter 3 The Emergence of an Internal Self-Supervisor
Vignette: A Self-Supervision Block
The Challenge of Psychodynamic Listening
Vignette: Self-Supervision and the Need for Consultation
Chapter 4 The Self-Supervision Process
Management and Supervision
Decision Making and Self-Supervision
A Nine-Step Self-Supervision Teaching Module
Vignette: Self-Supervision and Working Through a Conflict
Chapter 5 The Self-Supervisory Role of Postsession Reflectiveness
The Self-Supervision Setting
Note Taking and Self-Supervision
Dreaming and Self-Supervision
Vignette: Postsession Self-Supervision
Chapter 6 Self-Supervision Targets
Countertransference: Identifications, Roles, Enactments, and Projective Identification
A Teaching Module for Processing Projective Identifications
The Supervisory Frame
Example 1: Canceled Supervision Appointments
Supervisor and Patient Assignment
Example 2: Self-Supervising a Supervisory Match
Chapter 7 Resistance, Defense, and Self-Supervision
Resistance and Defense
Attacks on Self-Esteem and Disillusionment with Therapy
Guilt and Shame
Instructional Opportunities in a Supervision Class
Chapter 8 Outcome Assessment in Self-Supervision
Nominal and Qualitative Considerations in Self-Supervision Outcome Assessment
Step 1: Emergence and Gradual Working Through of a Target Event
Step 2: Shifts in the Patient
Step 3: Shifts in the Supervisory Relationship
Step 4: Subsequent Elaboration
Instructional Opportunity: Vignette
Chapter 9 Self-Supervisory Applications and Interface: Student-Teacher Relationship, Organizations, Diversity Inclusion
Step 2: Shifts in the Teacher
Step 3: Shifts in the Teaching Relationship
Step 4: Subsequent Elaborations
Chapter 10 Conclusion
Appendix: Self-Supervision Template
About the Authors
A wonderfully informed, immensely informative, robustly innovative, grandly generative, and exquisitely elaborated vision of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic self-supervision. An absolute must-read for reflective practitioners, trainers, and supervisors alike!
Effective psychotherapy rests upon competent self-supervision. In Self-Supervision: Psychodynamic Strategies, Lubin and Yalof train therapists from the novice to the advanced to rigorously examine themselves and their own work to realize the full potential of psychodynamic treatment. Rich in clinical examples, this text is the most authoritative and comprehensive book on this topic to date.
Self-supervision is the most common form of therapy supervision and the authors underscore its importance. The authors review and discuss every aspect of this process with a focus on helping clinicians who have little to no access to quality external supervision, but also show how self-supervision is a central aspect of continued growth as a therapist regardless of the circumstances. This is an original work and will make a significant contribution to the psychotherapy literature in general and to the psychodynamic literature specifically. It is relevant to practicing therapists and teachers and students of psychotherapy.
Self-Supervision: Psychodynamic Strategies is a unique book that addresses something we rarely focus on in our field, and that is our reliance on ourselves when doing clinical work. Therapists are always carrying different internal representations of prior therapists, supervisors, professors, and/or attachment figures in our minds when we are interacting with patients. This book provides guidance on how to harness those internal voices by addressing post-session reflection, the use of mindfulness, exploring resistance, and identifying defenses as we explore clinical work independently. The authors do a wonderful job providing clinical examples, integrating diversity into their work, and even demonstrating how to assess self-supervision outcomes. This book is a great resource for clinicians practicing on their own as well as graduate trainees who are learning therapy for the first time.
With decades of experience as teachers, supervisors, and clinicians, Drs. Yalof and Lubin have written a superb book that turbo-charges the literature on self-supervision. Students, seasoned supervisors, and therapists alike will treasure this highly accessible and exceedingly practical guide to developing, nurturing, and listening to our internal self-supervisor. The writing style and format are clear and concise; the authors make complex concepts lucid, with a minimum of jargon; and most importantly, Yalof and Lubin offer readers a compact instructional handbook on how to teach and develop self-reflective and self-monitoring skills applicable in a broad range of settings and practices. A rare gem!
A review of psychoanalytic supervision literature
Clinical Vignettes with instructional tips for teaching self supervision
Self supervisory coverage of the way self-reflective processes are enhanced by an understanding of mindfulness, parallel processes, transference, countertransference, enactment, a review of process recordings, strategies for validating self-supervisory efforts, and how a psychoanalytic supervision framework informs self supervision.