Systemic Supervision

An Intersectional Practice

Systemic Intersectional Practice (SIP) is used as a metaphor to explore multiple identities. Kimberlie Crenshaw defined the term ''Intersectionality' in 1989, to refer to characteristics of identity that “intersect” with one another and overlap. These include gender, race and class and can also be extended to include other aspects of identity including skin colour, culture and ethnicity. Read More 

SIP is an abbreviated term that underlies the core principle of supervision. It focuses on integrating systemic thinking and the family constellations process as a process for exploring individual, family and community identity. It is too, an attempt to move away from language that focuses on binary positions and towards the idea of us all holding multiple identities.

SIP the World - A Model and a Process

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Using an intersectional perspective creates space to look at the entangled areas of family, community and professional life. This can be a space of collision, where competing values meet, opposing beliefs are held and different viewpoints are not seen or valued.

Looked at through the SIP lens, these spaces can reveal possibilities for transformation and surfacing  the hidden and unknown. There are opportunities to deepen your knowledge and  learning and expand professional practice in client work with diverse communities.

Including the Excluded Conversation

Excluded conversations refer to the aspects of identity that are difficult or uncomfortable for many people to address. For example around gender, transgender, skin colour and  race. As a result, these conversations are often sidelined, silenced or suppressed.

It can be hard to find confidential spaces that offer a reflective place to explore such diverse conversations. Systemic supervision provides an intersectional lens to dig deeper and create a wider context for the emergence of these issues in client and professional settings.

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The SIP Approach

Systemic constellations can be used as a process to explore complex situations in the workplace and professional practice. It is a visual narrative method that is helpful when you are exploring workplace, issues or team relationships.

It is also a useful and creative tool for looking at multiple identities in  family and community settings. You are welcome to bring case studies and clinical issues to this specialised area of professional relationships.

Intersectional Focus

Supervision provides a space for you to examine issues that focus on.....

  • inter-racial family relationships
  • bi-cultural parenting/adoption
  • non-binary/transgender identities
  • cultural views of mental health
  • the social model of impairment
  • ancestral strengths and resilience
  • transgenerational legacies
  • impact of migration/separation
  • elders and eldership

When is Systemic Supervision Useful?

Many people across a range of professions tell me that they have not received sufficient training in how to work with complex intersectional issues in academic training or in the workplace. This can include emotional wellbeing and mental health in families and communities, shades' of colour in families and communities and the intersections of ethnic heritage and cultural backgrounds.

Supervision can be used to explore the missing and excluded conversations where secrets, taboos, guilt and shame reside. It can address the inner and the outer world, the seen and unseen, the known and unknown. Supervision that invites us to look at the 'dark places' also has the potential to excite and create movement. It can help us look at and dispell fears and be a intersection within which to find solutions in professional contexts.

SIP can be useful when you want to....

  • Extend your professional practice in systemic thinking for the workplace
  • Want additional skills and knowledge in intersectional theory
  • Highlight the knowledge you already hold on working with diversity
  • Strengthens your intuition and inner knowing around problems situations
  • Raises you confidence in finding solutions to intractable problems.
  • Use the constellations process to explore family and client relationships
  • A way of noticing and integrating hidden or unclear information in the system
  • Want to look look at the microsystem of family within the larger macro system of community..


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