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Foundations of Clinical Supervision

Online Course Materials:    ArticlesArticles    AudiosVideos   ArticlesArticles   

All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Co-developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D. and Brooke Anarde, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Course fulfills the "Supervision-Related Regulation Changes for Individuals Pursuing LMFT, LCSW or LPCC Licensure and Supervisors, Effective January 1, 2022". It also fulfills the requirements for Supervision in CA and other states. Verify requirements with your state board.

Course fulfills the New Jersey Supervision Requirement for LCSW. More information >

General Course Description

In this intermediate level course, you will become familiar with the purpose and process of clinical supervision. You will review the currently accepted models for conducting supervision, the requirements posed by various licensing bodies, the skills and qualities of supervisor and supervisee, which promote effective supervision, and the ethics associated with supervisory relationships. Whether your interest is simply the expansion of knowledge of all things clinical or whether you are considering becoming a supervisor, this course will expand your understanding of supervision and its impacts.

The course is composed of thirteen articles and one audio. The first group of articles provide a thorough review of the requirements for supervision of trainees in Psychology, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapy (with emphasis on California laws and regulations). The next section presents the various models of supervision currently being used, the qualities and skills associated with effective supervisors and trainees, an alternative perspective about the process of clinical supervision and Evidenced Based Practices in use. The assessment of competency in supervision is reviewed, followed by an article which reviews all aspects of ethics and laws which are relevant to the supervisory experience. An audiotaped interview (transcript provided) presents the beliefs and opinions of David Wexler, Ph.D. regarding effective supervision. The next article discusses multicultural competencies required for cross-cultural supervision. The final article provides an opportunity to incorporate what is covered in this course using clinical vignettes.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to:

  • Compare and contrast the various models of supervision.
  • Differentiate between supervision and therapy.
  • Identify the unique qualities and skills that effective supervisors and supervisees possess.
  • Identify the unique qualities and skills that effective supervisors and supervisees possess.
  • Relate the impact of culture and diversity on the supervisory process and relationship.
  • Review the ethical, ethical decision-making and legal considerations in supervision.


  • Changes in California Law regarding supervision
  • Structure and Process of Supervision
  • Requirements, Responsibilities and Qualifications for Supervision in the fields of Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, and for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and Licensed Educational Psychologists.
    • Regulations Posed by Licensing Agencies
    • Links to Boards’ & Licensing Agencies’ Regulations
  • Supervision Models: Psychotherapy-based
    • Psychodynamic Model
    • Client Centered Model
    • Cognitive Behavioral Model
    • Systems Model
    • Integrative
  • Non-Psychotherapy-based Models of Supervision
    • Developmental Models of Supervision
      • Loganbill, et al. & Stoltenberg & Delworth
    • Role Perspective Models
      • Bernard’s Model & Holloway’s Model
  • Effective Supervision
    • Structure
    • General Styles & Presentation
  • Supervisor Characteristics and Skills
    • Gender and Perceived Stereotypes
    • Theoretical Orientation, Interaction and Learning Styles
    • BTI Types
    • Negative-Harmful Supervision
  • Supervisee Characteristics and Skills
    • Attachment Style
    • Self-presentation and Self-disclosure
    • Interaction and Learning Styles
    • Theoretical Orientation
    • Gender & Perceived Stereotypes
  • Evidenced Based Practices
  • Assessment of the Trainee
    • Knowledge and Skills
    • Personal Dynamics
    • Formal Assessment Tools
  • Supervision Ethics
  • Impacts of Culture and Diversity on the Supervisory Relationship and Process
  • Case vignettes
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Cost: $69.00


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