Supervision: Advanced Topics, Ethics, and Law
Online Course Materials: Articles Audios Articles
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
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
Supervision in therapy exists at the crossroads of therapy and supervision. Knowing when to help supervisees examine and develop their therapy skills and when to help them examine themselves requires significant skill and awareness on the supervisor’s part. Effective supervision combines evaluation of the supervisee, skills training, and transference and countertransference issues both as they pertain to the supervisee’s work with clients and between the supervisee and supervisor. In addition to professional obligations, the supervisor also has legal liabilities and obligations to both the supervisee and to the supervisee’s clients.
This intermediate level course, consisting of four podcast interviews (transcripts provided) and four articles, reviews the above-mentioned issues and also explains what the codes of ethics of professional mental health associations require of supervisors.
Part One covers the principles of effective and ethical supervision and presents a Personal Construct Model to help orient the supervisor. Part Two presents in detail the ethical obligations and ramifications of supervision and includes a podcast with Dr. Frederick Reamer who helped develop the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Part Three presents podcast interviews with Dr. Marty Klein who discusses the special issues and pitfalls present in supervising therapists who work with sexual issues. Part Four discusses the special supervision issues raised by the growing use of online therapy and online supervision & Telesupervision. In the last section, additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.
- This course will teach the participant to:
- Discuss the different roles a supervisor must fulfill.
- Identify the ethical requirements of supervision to the supervisee and the supervisee’s clients.
- Summarize the special issues pertaining to sex therapy and supervision.
- Discuss the Personal Construct Model of Supervision.
- Summarize the requirements and expectations for supervisors from the major mental health associations.
- Explain the special requirements on conducting online supervision.
- The various roles of a supervisor
- Skills training
- Developing the supervisee’s insights into self
- Protection of supervisee’s clients
- Ethical requirements of the supervisor
- Record keeping
- Regular schedule
- Assuming liability for both supervisee and supervisee’s clients
- Professional mental health associations’ rules and regulations for supervisors
- Supervision and sex therapy
- Untangling supervisee’s values around sex from their clients’ point of view
- Cultivating a multicultural perspective on sexuality
- Overcoming reluctance to address sexual issues
- Online supervision & TeleSupervision
- Secure record keeping
- Synchronous and asynchronous communication
- Advantages and disadvantages of online supervision