Integrating different types of knowledge in supervision

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The present article examines ways to integrate two, often contradictory, types of knowledge in supervision, which are sometimes represented either by supervisors or supervisees, and sometimes by different parts in the supervisee. These types of knowledge are in a dialectic relationship: they may define each other and at the same time influence and shape each other, yet remain two separate sources for understanding the therapeutic experience. One type is the primary, vague, and intuitive knowledge about patients and therapist-patient interactions, derived from actual participation in the therapeutic relationship. The other type is knowledge derived from theory, experience acquired mainly outside of the specific therapy, and dialog with colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • deductive knowledge
  • intuitive knowledge
  • negotiation
  • supervision
  • therapeutic experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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