by Kobie Temmingh-Swart
An Introduction to Supervision Training for arts therapists who have at least 3 years post-qualifying experience was held in person at the University of Pretoria South Campus, 5-7 August 2022.
The trainer, Sophia Condaris (photo top right) is a drama therapist and Integrative Arts Psychotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, UK, and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists. She was the Course Director for the MA in Drama therapy at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. She has a wide range of experience as a clinician, trainer and supervisor over many years. She currently works in the NHS on an inpatient unit for families and in a therapeutic community for severely traumatised children as the Group Organisational Therapist. Sophia devised and ran the first arts therapies supervision training in South Africa in 2012.
SANATA offered members cpd points (13 general, 2 ethics), and funds generated by the WCMT offered Sanata members a very welcome R500 concession.
Eleven arts therapists from all the arts therapy modalities participated. The three days offered many important and valuable insights and practical skills, ultimately aimed at ensuring safe, ethical, high -quality practice with clients.
The training also provided a language with respect to models, skills and theories for the supervisory process which is complex, multi-dimensional and dynamic, where many things conscious and unconscious are happening simultaneously. Experiential work, personal reflection, practical skill building as well as theoretical material presented in lecture format were included.
The in-person Introduction to Supervision involved 15 hours of input over three days and covered the following:
Definitions of Supervision
Models of Supervision
The Supervisory Relationship
Transference, Counter Transference, Projective Identification and Parallel Processes in Supervision
Ethics in Supervision
Six arts therapists continued with the Intermediate supervision training (15 hours online) on
25 to 27 November 2022, which inluded the following:
Intervention and Facilitation Skills in Supervision
The Use of the Creative Arts in Supervision
Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-discriminatory practice in Supervision
The Advanced Level (15hours online) will be offered in 2023, and includes the following:
The Shadow in Supervision
Challenges in Supervision
Archetypes in Supervision
We are looking forward to the intermediate and advanced levels!