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Supervision of Psychotherapy (UMI dissertation #9511056)</title>
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<META NAME="description" CONTENT="Study interpersonal communication, with
focus on improving emotionally charged communicative interactions by
self-reflection in the conversational process.  Psychotherapy supervision is used as
an example.  Husserlean phenomenology, Gadamer's hermeneutics, Habermas's discourse
ethics are some resources deployed.  Specific communicative
interactions are analyzed, and concrete proposals made how they
could be improved in light of the theory presented. These 
reflections are extended to general social life.">

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<a name="m0"><h1>Communication: The Social Matrix of 
Supervision of Psychotherapy <I>(<a href="http://www.umi.com">UMI #9511056</a>)</i></h1></a>
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<h2>Dissertation Committee</h2>
Professor Robert O. McClintock, Sponsor<br>
Professor Robert P. Taylor
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Professor Rene Arcilla, <i>Examiner</i><br>
Professor Emeritus Maxine Greene, <i>Examiner</i>
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<h2>Abstract</h2>
<font size="+2">T</font>his dissertation is organized around detailed study of 
communication interactions between supervisor and supervisee 
in psychotherapist training.  This particular communication arena 
is selected for study because of its exceptional 
communication-theoretical richness.<p>
Psychotherapy supervision consists of conversation in which
an expert on interpersonal communication (the supervisor) helps 
an expert on interpersonal communication in-training 
(the supervisee) develop his or her interpersonal 
communication skills.  Their talk primarily attends to the 
supervisee's communicative interactions with patients in 
therapy, which the supervisee reports to the supervisor.  
It can also attend to the talk which thus arises between 
supervisor and supervisee, itself.  The dissertation thus 
explores the study of communication, from the perspective of 
distinguishing persons' self-examination of their own current 
communicative interaction, versus their examining 
external communication situations and events.<p>
The dissertation approaches this task via micro-analysis of 
verbatim examples of supervisor-supervisee conversations, 
taken from the literature of theory of supervision.  
The examples are examined to discover effects of inattention 
to the ongoing communication interaction.  I then offer 
alternative communicative moves, at key points in the conversations, 
to show how the interaction could effectively attend to itself.  
The rescripted interaction is examined to show pedagogical 
and broader social benefits which can plausibly be 
anticipated as a result of greater self-reflection 
in communication.<p>
A specific instance thus is presented of the 
mundane feasibility of Edmund Husserl's project 
of the universal transformation of human existence 
through the infinitely renewed rational reconstruction 
of all aspects of life -- another formulation of which 
is expressed in the text of William Ellery Channing's 
Baltimore Sermon of 1819:
<blockquote>"Prove all things; hold fast 
that which is good."</blockquote>  
This is offered as something 
which may appeal to persons to try to actualize and 
further in their own everyday activities, both in 
the particular pedagogical situation of psychotherapy 
supervision (with attendant benefits to patients' therapy), 
and elsewhere.  The proposed paradigm, which I call 
"self-accountable conversation," is elaborated as a 
critically defensible, existentially meaningful option 
for individual and social living in the present, 
often called "post-modern," age.<p> 
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