This two-day course was developed for experienced, post-graduate, licensed clinicians who are interested in or have been providing clinical supervision. It is an intermediate level course designed to introduce practitioners to best practices for providing clinical supervision. The presentation reviews models of clinical supervision and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each model, details building blocks for the provision of competent supervision, discusses individual versus group supervision, suggests various observation models to enhance feedback and demonstrates constructive feedback strategies.

As supervision is often a multicultural experience, potential supervisors are taught to identify personal values, biases and expectations and utilizes skills, techniques and strategies for supervising diverse populations. Every discipline recognizes the importance of clinical supervision in training new practitioners and has established specific guidelines related to supervision. This course reviews the major ethical issues involved in supervision, discusses key legal issues associated with supervision and provides specific risk management strategies to address these ethical and legal issues

This experiential, in-depth seminar details the supervisory process, answers your questions about ethical issues, risk and liability, and prepares you to deliver competent clinical supervision.

  1. Develop best practices for providing clinical supervision, including the use of a written supervisory contract and thorough documentation procedures.
  2. Analyze models of clinical supervision, including advantages and disadvantages of each.
  3. Apply the six building blocks of providing competent supervision.
  4. Conduct a self -assessment of your competencies as a supervisor.
  5. Demonstrate the use of constructive feedback strategies as they relate to clinical supervision practice.
  6. Utilize various observation methods for the purpose of providing ongoing feedback for supervisees to improve their clinical skills.
  7. Create a detailed professional development plan for supervisees.
  8. Establish standards for identifying and addressing cultural or contextual bias within both the supervisory and the therapeutic relationship and developing “cultural humility”.
  9. Identify personal values, bias and expectations and use skills, techniques and strategies for supervising diverse populations.
  10. Use specific strategies for dealing effectively with an impaired supervisee.
  11. Provide timely, clear, descriptive feedback to supervisees using multiple formats, methods and techniques.
  12. Recognize the key legal issues and risks involved in being a clinical supervisor, particularly vicarious liability.
  13. Articulate the major ethical issues involving supervision including: Competence, due process, informed consent, confidentiality, and multiple/dual relationships.
  14. Summarize risk management strategies for supervision.

Outline Getting Started: How to Optimize the Initial Supervision Sessions The Supervisory Alliance: Building a Foundation for Everyone’s Success Models of Clinical Supervision: Find the Right Fit for You and Your Setting The Evaluation Process: The Key to Effective Supervision Give Effective Feedback: Having Hard Conversations When Problems Arise: Resolve Supervisor/Supervisee Tensions Cultural Competence: Proactive Treatment of Cultural Differences Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision: Protect Yourself, Your License, Your Agency and Your Client