Four Chairs: Integrating Psychodrama in Family Therapy Supervision
Martin Gill & Dr Hannah Sherbersky
Martin Gill & Dr Hannah Sherbersky:
Martin and Hannah have been delivering experiential workshops in creative action methods and their applied use in individual and group clinical supervision nationally for many years. In this challenging and rigorous era of evidence-based practice and treatment pathways, the pressure is on to maintain creative energy. Many clinicians work creatively in their clinical settings but may lose spontaneity in the supervisory process. This workshop encourages clinicians to develop their creative energy and innovation within their supervisory practice, even when working online.
The training presents several distinct supervisory action methods and draws on theoretical material from contemporary schools of supervision training. From our collaborative perspectives of systemic and psychodramatic psychotherapy, we encourage supervisors to explore the application of these models to their existing work context using the supervisory exercise The Four Chairs (Sherbersky, 2013; Sherbersky & Gill, 2020). The Four Chairs exercise is a purposeful and playful model that draws on a structured and spontaneous approach. The origins of our two modalities stem from shared systemic roots and philosophical principles and following an initial presentation of ideas, the experiential workshop will demonstrate how an understanding of aesthetic distance and role theory inform this innovative approach to individual and group supervision.
This training draws on material from the chapter ‘Integrating Creative Approaches within Family Therapy Supervision’ by Hannah from Supervision across Modalities (Chesner & Zografou, 2013) and the paper Creative Action Techniques in Supervision in the Journal of Family Psychotherapy (Sherbersky & Gill, 2020).
Dr Hannah Sherbersky is an accredited Systemic Family Psychotherapist and is Co-Director of the Systemic Portfolio at the University of Exeter. She holds several posts: Programme Lead for the Family Intervention for Psychosis Programme, the Systemic Supervision Course and the CAMHS Inpatient Training Programme. She is systemic lead for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, the MSc in Psychological Therapies, and the Child IAPT programme. Hannah has co-developed and manualised a model of couple therapy in a research-based couple clinic and in 2020 completed her Doctorate researching notions of ‘home’ within an inpatient context. Hannah regularly trains nationally within the NHS, is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Therapy, publishing across a range of areas. She is interested in innovative delivery of systemic ideas, recently featuring in The New Psychotherapist, contributing to a BBC 3 documentary about family therapy (2019) and an online app about couples therapy (2020).
Martin Gill is a UKCP registered Psychodramatist and HCPC Dramatherapist. He was the first UK Psychodrama practitioner to receive an MSc for his research into comparative practice between Psychodrama and Family Therapy (Beyond Moreno, Martin Gill, 2014). Martin has helped to develop domestic violence programmes for the Ministry of Justice and has produced projects using psychodrama and film production as part of safer custody approaches in prisons in the South West of England. He has trained in the Exeter Model, an evidence-based model for working with couples, and is currently co-running Changetree, a busy psychotherapy practice for couples, individuals, and families. With Hannah he has produced several peer reviewed articles, chapters, and international conference workshops on the effectiveness of action methods in supervision and contributed an online app about couples therapy (2020).
-Sherbersky, H. (2013). ‘Integrating Creative Approaches within Family Therapy Supervision’ in Creative Supervision across Modalities (Ed. Chesner, A., & Zografou, L) London: Jessica Kingsley.
-Sherbersky, H., & Gill, M. (2013). Rediscovering Spontaneity. Context, Vol. 126, p.34-38.
-Sherbersky, H., & Gill, M. (2020). Creative Action Techniques in Supervision, Journal of Family Psychotherapy.