Psychoanalytical Case Supervision in Inpatient and Outpatient Youth Welfare

Project Head: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger

Supported by: Baumgartstiftung Berlin foundation, Heidehofstiftung Stuttgart foundation, Innere Mission Bayern association, Martinswerk Dorlar e.V. association

Project Description
Together with Kassel University and the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich, the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin (IPU) is conducting a research project on psychoanalytical supervision in youth welfare, during which a total of 26 groups from two different youth welfare facilities each receive in rotation one or two years of psychoanalytical supervision and one year of classic supervision (treatment as usual).

The intention with the supervision is to provide assistance to the staff at the facilities in improving skills when dealing with difficult adolescents, especially in the recognition and management of their own unconscious countertransference reactions. The evaluation is being carried out, on the one hand, by means of quantitative pre-post (before-after) measurements and a group comparison and, on the other hand, via a qualitative-heuristic, hypothesis-generating approach. It is expected that in the cases included in the supervision, special problematic situations will be mirrored in the supervised events. Furthermore, it is expected that the perception to the specific conflicts of those being supervised will change with respect to their own participation and that of others in the process of the events due to the experience of the psychoanalytical supervision. Selected individual interviews are to be conducted at regular intervals with the participants on the aftereffects of the processes experienced. A short questionnaire has been developed as an instrument for the dense description of the experience of the individual supervision sessions by those supervised and the supervisors, which records fundamental aspects of the session experience.

Over the course of the project, in addition to the quantitative measurements of supervision effects still included in the evaluation, a series of qualitative assessments were also conducted. Suitable measurement instruments were translated, developed and validated and an indexed database of audio documentations was established and expanded.

Lena Haupt M.A.
Email: lena.haupt(at) (until 15.10.2015)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger
Email: andreas.hamburger(at)

Cooperation Partners and Project Team
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mertens, LMU Munich (overall project consultation)
Prof. Dr. Svenja Taubner, Klagenfurt University (quantitative study of children and youth)
Dipl.-Psych. Liebelt, Kassel University (design, quantitative survey up to March 2012)
Dipl.-Psych. Jörg Bergmann (quantitative survey, statistical evaluation, method consulting, from May 2012)
Anna Brockhaus, MA (trust centre for documents subject to confidentiality, transcriptions, anonymization)

Bachelor and Master Theses

  • Carola Kalisch BA (BA Approaches and Desiderates of Psychoanalytical Supervision Research; MA Adherence Measurements in Psychoanalytical Supervision)
  • Veronika Debus MA (MA Psychological Mindedness Scale: A Psychometric Validation of the German Translation)
  • Susan Schneider MA (MA Ambiguity Tolerance and Difficult Moments – A Conversation Analysis Study of Psychoanalytical Supervision)
  • Theresa Keßler (BA Supervision and Psychological Mindedness)
  • Carmen Martinez Moura (BA Defence Mechanisms in PQS Supervision – Discussion on Basis of Session Examples from Psychoanalytical Supervision in Youth Welfare)
  • Eike Reinfelder (MA Group Analytical View: On the Special Relationship of Groups and Group Leadership. A Qualitative Study on the Effective Factors of Case Supervisions in Youth Welfare)
  • Paulina Senf (MA Construction of a Prototype for Psychoanalytical Case-based Team Supervision)
  • Lorina Stock (BA Impacts of Supervision on the Ambiguity Tolerance of Staff in Children and Youth Facilities)

Further Project Staff
Eike Reinfelder M.A., Sabine Rach, Christiane Schragner, Kathrin Drenseck, Sophie Adler, Jakob Hamburger B.Sc.