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Supervision: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Author: Heidi Dalzell, PsyD and Amanda Gilmore, PhD
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Course Created: 2020

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 6 hours
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Course Summary

All mental health professionals (social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors) have had the experience of having their work supervised by a more seasoned mentor. These supervisory experiences are often key in providing grounding in the profession, helping the newer practitioner to gain practical knowledge and skills, and providing direction on ethical and therapeutic issues that arise. Supervision is also critical in ensuring that clients working with newer clinicians have the benefit of them being guided by someone more experienced. Furthermore, the ethical codes for various professional associations highlight the significant role supervision plays in the standards, values, and principals that guide mental health and human service professionals (e.g., NASW, APA, ACA, NBCC, and AAMFT). Although positive and negative experiences exist, supervisor training is a key factor in ensuring that supervisors are prepared for the mentoring role. It is also invaluable to receive supervision on the provision of supervision prior to conducting it independently. There are a number of models that a supervisor may follow based on their own background and orientation, but within these theoretical differences there is emerging literature in the field of supervision research and a general consensus on what steps professionals can take to become effective supervisors.  This course is designed for supervisees and supervisors and new and seasoned mental health professionals.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate the provision of supervision from the provision of psychotherapy.
  • Describe various approaches to supervision.
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of supervision
  • Explain ethical and legal issues in supervision, including informed consent, confidentiality, and competence.
  • Recognize the essential components of multicultural competence in supervision.
  • Explain the use of technology in supervision.
  • Describe supervision methods and techniques.
  • Identify ways to encourage supervisee reflectivity.
  • Describe supervisee evaluation, including use of evaluation instruments, and communicating feedback.
  • Explain ways to manage conflict in supervision.
  • Discuss the role of documentation and record keeping in supervision.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Definition of Supervision
  • Key Learning Points
  • The Supervisory Relationship
  • Supervisor Tasks
  • Supervisor Competencies
  • Supervisor Behaviors
  • Supervisee Objectives
  • Supervision Approaches
  • Psychotherapy Based Approaches
  • Process-Based Approaches
  • Integrative/Eclectic Approaches
  • Responsibilities of Supervision
  • The Client
  • The Therapist Supervisee
  • The Supervisor
  • Attending to Ethical Issues in Supervision
  • Ethical Issues Applied to Supervision
  • Informed Consent for Clients of Trainees and Confidentiality
  • Competence
  • Boundary Issues in Supervision
  • Multicultural Competence – Working with Diversity
  • Multicultural Competence
  • The Supervisory Session
  • Formats for Supervision
  • Use of Technology in Supervision
  • Supervision Methods and Techniques
  • Individual Supervision
  • Structured versus Unstructured Supervision
  • Encouraging Supervisee Reflectivity
  • Group Supervision
  • Evaluation
  • Issues and Concepts
  • How to Manage Conflict in Supervision
  • Supervisee-Specific Strategies
  • Distinguishing Poor Service Quality from Harm
  • Program Administration
  • Documentation and Record Keeping
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