Reflecting Team Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy
First introduced by Andersen (1987), a reflecting team is a group of professionals who at some point during a therapy session switch physical spaces for 2–15 min with the client(s) and therapist to highlight the client(s)’ strengths and offer alternative explanations for existing problems. Subsequent to the reflecting team’s process, the therapist empowers the client(s) to assign meaning and relevance to what was heard. Reflecting teams are a popular training tool for couple and family therapists allowing for unique opportunities for supervisors to equalize the power within the client and treatment system.
Theoretical Context for Concept
Embraced mostly by postmodern practitioners, reflecting team advocates place clients as the experts of their lives, inviting clients and therapists to be cocreators of clients’ preferred narratives (Madigan 2011). Reflecting teams are a way of creating new meaning, perspective, and solutions to the problems that clients are facing. It is...
- Madigan, S. (2011). Narrative therapy (1st ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar