Feb

14

2022

Robin Shohet: In Conversation

Our exciting flagship event *Love in Psychotherapy* is just under a month away on 5th March 2022. The event will be live-streamed on the day so you can attend from anywhere in the world. We have three excellent speakers joining us including; Professor Divine Charura, Victoria Settle, and Robin Shohet to discuss the important topic of love.

We were grateful to Robin Shohet co-author of In Love with Supervision: Creating transformative conversations for spending some valuable time with Shelley from BTP discussing the event and further enlightening us on his work around love in supervision.

Robin has written many books on supervision. He is co-founder of the Centre for Supervision and Team Development. Robin has worked as a supervisor for over thirty years and co–founded the Centre for Supervision and Team Development in 1979.

In Conversation with Robin Shohet

In Conversation with Robin Shohet #1: In The Beginning – Supervision & The 7 Eyed Model

Robin began his supervision career working for the Richmond Fellowship, a therapeutic community for people recently released from psychiatric care. Along with colleagues Joan Wilmot and Peter Hawkins, his team were responsible for providing training to the rest of the organisation and introduced a supervision policy, that many years later became the 7-Eyed Model. More than 40 years later Robin remains grateful for everything he learnt about supervision while working with Richmond Fellowship.

Robin says that one of his definitions of supervision is that “we, the supervisee and I, will do whatever it takes to help the supervisee be more present with their client”. He continues “So you come to me with a difficulty about a client, I’m surmising, the difficulty you have is because for whatever reason, you’re not present with your client. Otherwise, there’d be no difficulty. So what’s blocking you? What’s blocking you from loving them? Because if you love them, there would be no problem.”

Robin’s philosophy of supervision put simply is “to help you as the supervisee to see what is stopping you from being present”. Robin admits that supervision suits his personality well because he likes poking around in other people’s business!

In Conversation with Robin Shohet #2: The Single Thought Challenge

Robin talks about what experiences have influenced him, and opens up about his few hours of psychosis, terror and paranoid fear until the thought came to him “there is no fear, the fear is inside you”. He later understood this to mean that there was no external, tangible fear, but that it was an internal construction. Following this Robin says he went from “absolute terror to complete peace”, and that this peace lasted many weeks and inspired him to travel to India.

He enjoys that moment when people have that “big shift” that can happen with just a single thought or idea, and which can completely change a situation for someone. He draws inspiration from Byron Katie’s ‘The Work’, which similarly seeks to change perception with four simple questions. Robin also talks about The Course in Miracles, a form of channelled writing, from which he takes the quote “Teach only love, because that’s what you are”.

In Conversation with Robin Shohet #3: Going Beyond “Supervision in The Helping Professions”

We asked the therapy community what questions we should put to Robin, so here Robin answers a few questions from the community, and also confesses that working online is just not his thing.

Robin is somewhat synonymous with the practice of supervision, thanks to his first co-authored book with Peter Hawkins called Supervision in the Helping Professions. First published in 1989 there have now been 5 editions of the book and it remains one of the core texts on many supervision training courses. He remains baffled that he is revered in the field of supervision, explaining that supervision is something that comes quite easily and naturally to him, and is almost effortless.

If you would be interested in attending the forthcoming *Love in Psychotherapy* conference on Saturday 5th March where you will see Robin, Divine, and Victoria in action click here for further information.

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