Family of origin supervision in the workplace: impacts on therapist and team functioning

Holly Donnelly, Megan Gosbee

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    The Adolescent and Family Unit at Redbank House carried out a trial of Bowen's Family of Origin Coaching that has prompted us to comment on the usefulness of this approach as a component of clinical supervision.This article will describe how this trial came about, the process adaptations required to make it possible and how some of the ethical dilemmas raised by this approach were addressed. Personal reflections from the team members will be shared, and our observations in terms of impact of this form of supervision on clinical functioning, team cohesion and service provision will then be discussed. In essence, we aim to provide an anecdotal account of our experience and ask the question, 'Is supervision that focuses on the therapist's individual functioning as a product of their intergenerational patterns a valid use of resources in a clinical setting?'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)300-314
    Number of pages15
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Bowen family therapy
    • Clinician anxiety
    • Family of origin coaching
    • Supervision
    • Workplace functioning


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