Jungian and Post-Jungian Perspectives

by Dale Mathers

Book Cover: Vision and Supervision
Editions:Paperback: £ 29.99
ISBN: 978-0-415-41580-4
Size: 15.20 x 22.90 cm
Pages: 224

Supervision in analytical psychology is a topic that until recently has been largely neglected. Vision and Supervision draws on archetypal, classical, and developmental post-Jungian theory to explore supervision from a variety of different avenues.

Supervision is a critical issue for therapists in many training programmes. Quality of training and of therapeutic treatment is paramount, and increasingly the therapy profession is having to devise ways of assessing and monitoring themselves and each other. In this book, Dale Mathers and his contributors emphasise a model of supervision based on parallel process, symbol formation and classical Jungian analysis rather than developmental psychology or psychoanalytic theory, to show how respect for diversity can innovate the practice of supervision. Divided into three sections, this book covers:

* the framework of supervision, its boundaries and ethical parameters

* individuation

* supervision in different contexts including working with organisations and multicultural perspectives.

Written by experienced clinicians, Vision and Supervision brings insights from analytical psychology to the supervisory task and encourages the supervisor to pay as much attention to what does not happen in a session as to what does. It offers a fresh perspective for analysts and psychotherapists alike, as well as other mental health professionals involved in the supervisory process.


Stein, Foreword. D. Mathers, Introduction. Part I: Strange Effects at Boundaries. Stokes, Boundaries: Separation, Merger, Mutuality. Palmer-Barnes, Ethics. D. Mathers, Difficult Patients. Part II: Individuation. Stone, Individuation. Bierschenk, The Spirit of Enquiry. C. Mathers, Mind the Gap: The Symbolic Container, Dreams and Transformation. Wainwright, Representation, Evocation and Witness: Clinical Scenes and Styles of Presentation. Part III: The Collective. Bamber, Working with Organisations. Maitra, Multicultural Perspectives. Heuer, Spooky Action at Distance: Parallel Process in Jungian Analysis and Supervision. Hall, After Word.


Reviews:Thomas B. Kirsch (Palo Alto, CA., USA) wrote:

The subject of supervision has been a relatively neglected on in analytical psychology. The idea has been that anyone who becomes certified as an analytical psychologist and who is in good standing after a number of years can be a supervisor of others. This book written by members of the Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA)describes different aspects of the supervisory process including parallel process, the role of personal analysis and the role of the supervisor in dealing with personal issues. Detailed examples of different aspects of supervision are portrayed, and they richly sketch out many of the knotty issues which arise in supervision.

Although the editor states that this represents the classical approach to supervision, I think that the writers, all members of Association of Jungian Analysts, (AJA) present a much wider view and their positions tend to be inclusive rather than exclusive.This is a real plus in a world where one tends to have a narrow focus.

I would recommend this book to all practitioners of analytical psychology and others interested in a depth approach to supervision.

About the Author

Dale Mathers, editor, is a Jungian Analyst in private practice. He teaches analytical psychology in the UK and Europe and directed the Student Counselling Service at the London School of Economics. He is a Professional Member of the Association of Jungian Analysts.