When words are not enough: Clinical supervision and the creative process with Simon Kerr-Edwards

This experiential 2-day workshop will explore how sometimes words can inhibit and confuse us as we try to express psychological and emotional process and experiences  Therefore in clinical supervision it is important that the supervisor has a range of creative approaches that supplement and enhance our use of words and support the supervisee in getting past confusion and constraints to unblock their thinking. This creativity can provide quick and powerful insights into clinical work with children, adolescents, and adults, and can also lead to the development of resilience in the supervisee. He will show how the use of figures, props, cards, sand trays, improvisation and imagery can enable the supervisee to examine their clinical approaches, explore meaning for the client and develop hypotheses. Furthermore creativity can allow the supervisee to discharge powerful feelings, develop their use of self in the work and allow themselves to become vulnerable as a means for developing greater professional awareness. There will be opportunities for participants to explore these techniques and develop their own creative and playful mind in clinical supervision.

Simon Kerr-Edwards MA has a master’s degree in play therapy from the University of Surrey and before this had a background in Dramatherapy. He is an independent play therapist, clinical supervisor and trainer, based in the UK, with over 35 years’ experience of working therapeutically with children and adolescents who have had complex trauma in their life. He is an experienced clinical supervisor who works with individual therapists and teams doing challenging work. He regularly trains play therapists and other clinicians to become supervisors and explore how to bring their playful selves into their supervisory relationships.

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