Supervisees’ paradoxical need for knowledge

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Supervisors who wish to meet their supervisees’ needs to grow as clinicians will encounter two paradoxical knowledge-related needs of supervisees. On one pole of this paradox is their need to assimilate new knowledge into their existing clinical knowledge; on the other pole is their need for acknowledgement, validation, and formulation of their unique experiential and unarticulated knowledge. Meeting this need helps the supervisees to balance regressive states and painful gaps between their own and their supervisors’ knowledge, which might put the supervisory relationship at risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-233
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Forum of Psychoanalysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020

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  • experiential knowledge
  • formulation
  • paradox
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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