Supervising away from home: clinical, cultural and professional challenges

Henry Abramovitch, Jan Wiener*

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This paper explores some challenges of supervising clinical work of trainees, known as ‘routers’, who live in countries with diverse cultural, social and political traditions, and the analysts who travel to supervise them. It is written as an evolving dialogue between the authors, who explore together the effects of their own culture of origin, and in particular the legacy and values of their own training institutes on the styles and models of analytic supervision. Their dialogue is framed around the meaning of home and experiences of homesickness for analysts working away from home in an interactive field of strangeness in countries where analytical psychology is a relatively new discipline. The authors outline the findings from their own qualitative survey, where other supervisors working abroad, and those they have supervised, describe their experiences and their encounters with difference. The dialogue ends with both authors discussing what they have learned about teaching and supervising abroad, the implications for more flexible use of Jungian concepts, and how such visits have changed their clinical practice in their home countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-106
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Analytical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • bi-directional learning
  • cultural complexes
  • home
  • homesickness
  • models of work
  • research
  • supervising away from home
  • supervision


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