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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 140-146

Culturally sensitive supervision by expatriate professionals: basic ingredients

psychologist and psychotherapist, is trainer and supervisor for the Dutch Society of Group Dynamics and Group Psychotherapy. He is accredited supervisor of the German Supervision Association. At the moment he has a private consultation and supervision practice for workers in the field of intercultural trauma and group treatments. Web site:

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Professionals from western countries often supervise local staff in mental health projects implemented in low-income and emergency-affected contexts. The work of these supervisors is always intercultural: it involves people from different cultural backgrounds. The supervisor has the responsibility to initiate and monitor these intercultural processes. The supervisor must be able to recognize differences within the supervision group and between supervisor and supervisee, and to question the values of any culture, including his/her own.

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