Transference and Clinical Supervision
A common problem in the supervision relationship is that thereÂ may be an inadvertent mismatch between supervisee andÂ supervisor, based on personality traits, gender, race, sexualÂ orientation, cultural and class factors. Some of the problem isÂ due to the number of therapists needing supervision and fewÂ supervisors practising, so often the supervisee has very littleÂ choice, this is more evident in some geographical areas moreÂ than others.
Conn  discusses some of the gender issues in supervision,Â for example, the fact that managers and senior practitionersÂ are still more often men than women and that when theyÂ supervise women, they are likely to transport patriarchalÂ attitudes into the supervisory relationship.Â In this instance, the transference would be coming from theÂ male supervisor side and the countertransference from the
Because there is often a perceived or real difference in powerÂ in the supervisory relationship, the supervisee may suppressÂ anxieties or questions for fear of being judged or seen as lackingÂ in competency. The supervisee may, unwittingly, relate to youÂ as an infallible senior practitioner, which may reinforce yourÂ sense that you are working well, even when this may not be theÂ case.
An important factor for attention in the supervisory relationship,Â with regard to transference is the developmental stage of theÂ supervisee. Beginning therapists may be reluctant to voice anyÂ doubts or criticisms. You may be perceived as an all knowingÂ and invariably correct authority with the power to assess or fail.