Integrating reflective practice in family therapy supervision

Christine Senediak*

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This paper discusses how to integrate reflective practice in the family therapy supervisory relationship. This enables family therapists to think creatively, be insightful, and develop a range of perspectives regarding systemic formulation and practice. It encourages review of the past and promotes understanding in the present with the aim to improve therapists work with families in the future. Reflective practice encourages independent thinking and learning and helps therapists to develop a systemic process of critical enquiry to investigate and critique their own practice. It encourages therapists to be self-reflective and develop confidence to think hypothetically regarding change. This allows them to pose questions for exploration, construct a new lens to conceptualise therapy and the therapeutic relationship and develop awareness of the personal as well as the professional self.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-351
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • family therapy
  • professional self
  • reflective practice
  • reflectivity
  • supervision


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