Queensland Association for Family Therapy
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29th Australian Family Therapy Conference
“Working for Families ”
PRE-CONFERENCE TWO DAY WORKSHOP
WITH PAOLO BERTRANDO
“A systemic approach to clinical
Monday 29 th & Tuesday 30 th September 2008
9.00 am – 4.30 pm
University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
You are invited to join Paolo in his workshop that will aim to cover the following are as:
!" Role of systemic supervision within the broader field of clinical supervision
!" Evidence-based approaches to supervision: common factors versus specific factors
!" Models of supervision (psychoanalytic, strategic, systemic, narrative, conversational/postmo dern,
!" Focus of supervision (on family/client, therapist/trainee, and/or family/therapist relationship)
!" Goal of the supervisory process (to helping trainee to learn abilities / techniques; to teach the student
what he or she does not already know, in order to overcome errors due to ignorance; to solve trainee’s
personal issue that may interfere with existing abilities; to support trainee in stressful therapeutic
!" Methods of supervision (group supervision, individual supervisio n, working team supervision)
!" Contexts of supervision (live supervision, case report supervision, supervision of video -recorded cases)
The basic issue in psychotherapy training and supervision is to help trainees to develop an
experiential expertise, useful in treating their clients. Supervision (like training) is also a way of embodying a
theory in practice for trainees, or to refresh the theoretical basis for experienced practitioners. There should
be some coherence between general theory, clinical theory and practice, training theory and practice, and
supervision. In this key, supervision models tend to be consistent with the premises of each theoretical model
and with the practice of therapy. This is true (or should be) also of systemic supervision.
To develop in our trainees a systemic approach to therapy, we must create a context where there is a
continual flux between linear and circular thinking, simple linear hypothesizing and circular hypothesizing.
Team (group) work is essential to achieve this res ult and is the basic tool of our training and supervision
program. Members of a team working together can offer, almost simultaneously, different punctuations of
the relationships and behaviours under observation, and can be corrective to one another, so t hat circular
views can more easily occur.
Since the approach maintains that every client, as a living system, should be considered as
autonomous and self-organised, and should be respected as such in every therapeutic act, we try to hold the
same position in training. To put this principle into practice, we encourage groups to organise their activity
during training, both in theoretical and practice -oriented sessions. When working with theoretical material,
we stimulate trainees to create their own activiti es based on the material presented, in order to create a
context that could eliminate the dichotomy between theory and practice: if this is accomplished theory
becomes part of the experiential world of the trainee.
The application of systemic basic princip les to supervision will be discussed theoretically and with
the help of supervision performed during the 2 days of the workshop. The participants will be encouraged to
bring their own cases in supervision, which will be performed in different ways during t he 2 days. Cases of
supervisions conducted by the participants will be also discussed, thus realising a context of meta -
supervision (supervision of supervision).
Paolo Bertrando, MD, PhD, graduated in medicine and specialised in psychiatry in Milan. He was
trained in systemic family therapy by Luigi Boscolo and Gianfranco Cecchin in the 1980s, and used initially
the Milan Approach for working with families with a member diagnosed with schizophrenia.
In the early 1990s, he collaborated with L uigi Boscolo for two books, The Times of Times (1993),
about the use of time in systemic practice, and Systemic Therapy with Individuals (1996), which promoted
the use of the systemic approach, designed for working with families, in individual psychotherap y. Other
books he published (in Italian) concern the Expressed Emotion family evaluation method and the history of
family therapy. Besides, he is the author of more than 100 scientific papers, most about systemic theory and
He has been a teacher at the Milan Centre for Family Therapy for ten years. Presently is the Director
of the Episteme Centre in Turin, a school of systemic psychotherapy, as well as maintaining his own private
practice in Milan.
Dr. Bertrando has travelled in Italy and Europe, holding workshops and seminars on several topics
related to systemic therapy, in countries like Spain, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Australia,
New Zealand, Singapore, Chile, and Argentina. His present interests concern the dynamics of systemic
therapy, its use with specific populations (especially within the field of psychiatry), the broader implications
of systemic theory, and the relevance of emotional processes in systemic settings.
Luigi Boscolo & Paolo Bertrando (1996) Systemic Therapy with Individuals . London: Karnac Books.
Luigi Boscolo & Paolo Bertrando (1993) The Times of Time. A New Perspective for Systemic Therapy and
Consultation. New York, Norton.
Paolo Bertrando (2000) Text and context. Narrative, postmodernism and cybernetics. Journal of Family Therapy, 22(1):
Paolo Bertrando (2002) The presence of the third party. Systemic therapy and transference analysis. Journal of Family
Therapy, 24(3): 351-368.
Paolo Bertrando & Dario Toffanetti (2003) Persons and hypotheses. The use of the therapist in the therapeutic process.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 24(1): 7-13.
Paolo Bertrando (2006) The evolution of family intervention for schizophrenia. A tribute to Gianfranco Cecchin.
Journal of Family Therapy, 28: 4-22.
Paolo Bertrando & Teresa Arcelloni (2006) Hypotheses are dialogues. Sharing hypotheses with clients. Journal of
Family Therapy, 28: 370-387.
Paolo Bertrando (2007) The Dialogical Therapist. Dialogue in Systemic Practice . London, Karnac Books.
Queensland Association for Family Therapy
“A systemic approach to clinical supervision”
QAFT members $240.00 (early bird) and $300.00 (after 30th August 2008)
Non QAFT Members $290.00 (early bird) and $350.00 (after 30th August 2008)
(Under a sponsorship arrangement from the Australian Government, Family Relationship Service
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