Today, Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Dr. Anthony Bass, Faculty Member and Supervisor at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Research and Training, to teach a course for the clinical staff, “The Dialogue of the Unconscious and the Therapeutic Relationship.” Therapists learned that each of us interprets the patient and the therapeutic relationship with the patient in a unique way based upon their own therapeutic style and their own interpretations. A specific case was presented and the participants described how each interpreted the presenting issues in their own unique ways. Instead of offering direct guidance in supervision, co-workers can also consider offering their perception of the case as an alternative way to ”supervise” colleagues.
At Birmingham Maple Clinic, therapists participate in supervisory groups to further understand and conceptualize the treatment they provide. Dr. Bass offered another way to approach supervision which was most valuable to the clinical staff in attendance.