Marco Mazzetti, MD, is being honored for his practice-anchored theory of transactional analysis supervision as represented by his article "Supervision in Transactional Analysis: An Operational Model" (Transactional Analysis Journal, April 2007).
His nominators included Jim Allen, Isabelle Crespelle, Milly De Micheli, Fanita English, Ann Heathcote, Dolores Munari Poda, Alessandra Pierini, Nancy Porter-Steele, Charlotte Sills, and Curtis Steele.
In their nomination statement, they described how Marco's operational model represents an original, innovative, and significant advancement in the theory and practice of transactional analysis supervision. It aimed to develop a specific theory of transactional analysis supervision and its consequent practice and is significant because it systematizes and integrates previous models of supervision, especially the work of Erskine, Clarkson, and Tudor, and enhances and extends them with new and innovative concepts.
Specifically, Marco's model integrates Erskine's concept of supervisees' stages of development and specific learning needs with Clarkson's approach to evaluating the quality of supervision and Tudor's goal of supporting clear and coherent transactional analysis theorizing.
Marco's nominators noted that his work systematizes transactional analysis supervision into a comprehensive, consistent model and adds and develops new concepts that enrich and enhance the model both theoretically and methodologically.
Marco's seven-point operational model changes the emphasis of transactional analysis supervision from focusing mainly on the client's well-being to the well-being of both client and practitioner/supervisee. In doing so he moves supervision from a one-person to a two-person relational frame.
New concepts addressing a transactional analysis theory of supervision include the ideas of emotional contact with the supervisee and the use of parallel process. Transactional analysis literature and central concepts are widely referenced, with relevant attention to Berne, Holloway, Steiner, James, Goulding, and Allen and Allen, and the classic concepts of the discount matrix, the episcript, and the concept of OKness.
The significance and impact of these ideas has become manifest in the translation of the article into other languages and how it is quoted by Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst candidates in their TSTA examinations. For these future supervisors, Marco's ideas clearly have become a significant frame of reference.
Marco Mazzetti, MD, born in 1958, is specialized in pediatrics and psychiatry. He is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (psychotherapy), a member of EATA and the ITAA (since 1988), a university lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Brescia, Italy, and the author of several books and scientific articles on transactional analysis and cross-cultural psychiatry.
He worked in several health cooperation projects in Africa, Asia, and South America, and from those experiences he derived a deep interest in the cultural implications of human relationships and specifically of psychotherapy.
In his country of Italy he started to work with immigrants in Rome, at the Caritas Health Service, in 1990, where he is at present the head of "Invisible Wounds," the rehabilitation service for torture victims.
Marco also works as a psychotherapist and psychiatrist in private practice in Milan, Italy, where he founded and runs the Milan Institute for Transactional Analysis.
His main pleasure is raising his three children with his wife, Ulrika, and traveling, skiing, mountain climbing, and biking with them. He is also a passionate cook.