Supervising Via Distance Technology

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Co-developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. and Taylor & Francis, PLC

This course was developed based on articles published by the Taylor & Francis group. Taylor & Francis, PLC has granted permissions to Zur Institute to include these scientific studies as part of the course content. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

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Course fulfills the California six (6) hour Supervision Requirement for psychologists (by BOP) and for MFTs (by BBS). It also fulfills the supervision requirement in other states. Verify requirements with your state board. More Information >

General Course Description

With the rapidly increasing growth of distance psychotherapy, online education and online training, it has become essential for supervisors to develop proficiency in using distance technology to supervise students and psychotherapists. Distance supervision requires a knowledge of web-based technology and a specialized understanding of the ethics, legal intricacies, strengths and potential pitfalls of electronic technology.

This intermediate level course presents information and ideas to help you become a more effective, law-compliant, and ethical online supervisor. It includes six articles. Articles 1 and 2 present overviews of the ethical and legal requirements and analyze the growing published information concerning distance supervision. Articles 3-5 focus on utilizing distance technology to help graduate and doctoral level students develop clinical and research skills and to enhance the effectiveness of the supervisor-supervisee relationships. Article 6 provides details of Codes of Ethics of major professional mental health organizations on Supervision. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.


This course will teach psychotherapists to

  • Identify HIPAA-compliant web-based tools and procedures.
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities of distance learning.
  • Describe the publication trends concerning online supervision.
  • Identify the effective components of videoconferencing.
  • Describe the characteristics of collaborative online supervision.
  • Describe the guidelines covering distance supervision from professional mental health organizations.


  • Ethical and legal issues
      • HIPAA-compliance
      • Ethical guidelines from professional mental health associations
  • Publication trends in telesupervision
        • Effectiveness
        • Supervisory relationship
        • Psychotherapist development
  •  Teaching students via distance
        • Confidentiality
        • Safe, supportive environment
        • Balint model
  • Web-based tools
        • Videoconferencing
        • Elluminate®, Wimba®, Second Life®, telephone, MSN messenger, Wikis®, Microblogging®, Social Bookmarking e-Portfolio (PebblePad®) and in-house virtual portfolios
  • Codes of Ethics on Supervision
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Cost: $59.00

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