Supervision Essentials for the Practice of Competency-Based Supervision

A 7-part Clinical Supervision Series adapted from the book

“Supervision Essentials for the Practice of Competency-Based Supervision”

by Carol A. Falendar & Edward P. Shrafenske

Supervision is now recognized as a core competency domain for clinical therapists and guidelines have been created to facilitate the provision of competent supervision across professional groups. In this clinical supervision competency training series, we consider major approaches to the supervisory practice to include those that are based on theoretical orientation as well as identifying and discussing key issues that typically need to be addressed in the supervisory relationship.

Target Audience:
Clinical Supervisors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors who are in a supervisory role.

Content level: This course is designed for Mental Health & Substance Use Professionals who practice at beginner to intermediate levels. 

Each series segment is approved for 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training, General Skill Building, and in some segments Ethics hours (7) will be indicated.

NCASPPB Approved 21 hours of GSB Clinical Supervision (CSS) to include 7 hours of ETHICS.

NBCC ACEP # 7091, CE Training Workshops has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #7091. Programs that do not qualify are clearly identified. CE Training Workshops is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. CE Training Workshops designates this continuing education activity for 21 continuing education hours of Clinical Supervision training (which includes 7 hours of ETHICS).

We are so glad that you have chosen this amazing option to obtain your 21 hours of Clinical Supervision continuing education training along with a bonus of 7 hours of ETHICS!

The cost for the series is $185 which is a whopping $80 discount off the cost of taking each course individually!

Simply purchase this series (below) and you will be directed to a webpage containing the individual link and password for each course. You can do this at your own pace –  stop and return until you have completed the series. For each section that you complete, you will have the opportunity to complete an evaluation and, after doing so, will be able to immediately download and print your certificate of completion! Each section will include a copy of the presentation (pdf) and any other supplemental training resources. This is a recording of a live webinar so you will also benefit from the feedback/questions of the live participants!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at 919-355-6236 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or via email at cetrainingworkshops@gmail.com

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Meet Your Facilitator

This series is led by Shannon McCabe, MA, LCAS, CCS, CCJP, CPS who is a multi-discipline masters level professional. Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang-involved youth. Shannon also provides Clinical Supervision for aspiring Alcohol & Addiction Counselors and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists.

After transitioning from education to full-time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believes strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.

Clinical Supervision Series Part 1 –

Foundations of Competency-Based Clinical Supervision – What does it look like?

Rationale and Groundwork

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training & General Skill Building

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Course Content: All Levels

In this first segment of the series, we will discuss what competent supervision is, analyze definitions of clinical supervision, and describe the benefits of competency-based supervision. We will explore the groundwork & rationale of effective supervision; examine the impact of cultural competence in terms of discrimination, microaggressions, and power differentials; and apply concept learning to case studies in breakout sessions.

Learning Objectives:

What is supervision and how do we become competent supervisors?

Examine survey feedback from supervisees regarding their concerns of ineffective supervision.

Discuss the Learning Cycle of performance, observation, reflection, feedback/evaluation, and planning.

Apply the Learning Cycle to a new supervisee in a breakout session and discuss competency.

Implementing Competency-Based Supervision.

Explore Myths vs. Facts of Supervisor’s perceptions.

Clinical Supervision Series Part 2 –

Pitfalls & Dilemmas of Clinical Supervision & Consultation

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training & General Skill Building to include 1-hour Ethics

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Course Content: All Levels

In this segment of the series, we will discuss the complexities of Clinical Supervision and implementing best practices such as boundaries & ethics, balancing clinical & administrative functions, and the different supervisory roles such as teacher, counselor, and consultant. We will practice through case study applications giving feedback in difficult situations when working with supervises such as the “know it all” or the “old enough to have done it all”.

Learning Objectives:

What are the complexities of Clinical Supervision?

Boundaries – Dual Relationships, Counseling vs Supervision.

Review examples of the Supervisory Contract.

Creating an Individual Development Plan.

Review appropriate documentation for the supervisory process and sessions.

Clinical Supervision Series Part 3 –

Unraveling Supervisor Responsibilities

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training & General Skill Building to include 1 hour of Ethics

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Course Content: All Levels

In this segment of the series, we will discuss supervisory responsibilities as it relates to assessments of our supervisee and teach them about providing services in an ethical manner, adhering to confidentiality and protecting clients from harm, avoiding harmful relationships with clients, and maintaining/addressing competency while embracing different clinical techniques and approaches. We will practice working with supervisees who do not meet competency (substance use, sexual harassment) and the need for consultation and guidance in such situations. Finally, we will discuss transference/countertransference in both the supervisee/client relationship and the supervisee/supervisor relationship.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how to effectively conduct assessments – Self-Assessment and Supervisee Assessment.

Examine and process stumbling blocks identified through the assessment process.

View role-play sessions of common supervisee issues such as burnout, attraction to a client, and countertransference.

Define transference and countertransference in the counseling and supervisory relationship.

Practice practical tools that can be used in the session to address transference and countertransference via case study breakout sessions.

Clinical Supervision Series Part 4 –

Multiculturalism, Diversity, & Personal Factors

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training & General Skill Building to include 1 hour of Ethics

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Course Content: All Levels

In this segment of the series, we will discuss multiculturalism & diversity by discussing supervision models/techniques and assessments that infuse diversity to enhance the supervisory relationship and addressing personal factors, responsiveness, and reactivity that can impact the supervisory relationship. We will examine the supervisory working alliance and how to build and maintain this throughout the relationship as well as factors that influence the successful alliance and appropriate remedies to avoid pitfalls.

Learning Objectives:

Define & Address the main concepts for multiculturalism & diversity such as ethics, self-assessment for microaggressions, and unintentional biases.

Identify what to do when supervisee/supervisor multiculturalism loyalties and commitments conflict.

Determine the difference between a reflective & neutral stance?

Analyze & Implement building and maintaining a successful supervisory working alliance.

Explain the common “Pitfalls”, or Factors Influencing the successful supervisory working alliance.

Clinical Supervision Series Part 5 –

Models of Supervision & Theory-Based Supervision

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training & General Skill Building

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Course Content: All Levels

In this segment of the series, we will discuss the rationale behind selecting a model of supervision or theory-based approach to developing your supervisee and the nine model styles of supervision. We will practice implementing different styles with supervisee case studies. We will also explore the theory-based approach to supervision in order to help supervisors identify and align their supervisory style according to their therapeutic approach. The discussion in this webinar aims to help clinicians identify which models/theories of supervision can provide successful outcomes for their supervisees

Learning Objectives:

Analyze and differentiate between the nine models of supervision and how to choose the best method for optimal supervisee learning.

Define & Implement the application and implications of using the VARK Questionnaire to determine supervisee learning style.

Identify and implement a theory-based supervision approach.

Discuss the rationale for using a variety of methods and techniques in supervision.

Implement tips for managing Supervisee learning anxiety.

Clinical Supervision Part 6 –

Dealing with Non-Competence & Ensuring Legal, Ethical, & Regulatory Compliance

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training & General Skill Building to include 1 hour of Ethics

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Course Content: All Levels

In this segment of the series, we will discuss key points for supervisory ethical & legal conduct to protect the welfare of the client and the supervisor’s role as gatekeepers. On occasion, supervisors will encounter a supervisee who is non-competent and may not be suitable for remaining in the field. We will discuss through case studies how to handle these types of situations as well as how to set and uphold the necessary expectations and parameters of supervision via the supervisory contract (legal). We will review anticipatory guidance topics and discuss as a group which topics are most important or those that should be added. We will also address legal and ethical issues in the internet era and Telesupervision (pros & cons).

Learning Objectives:

Identify main ethical & legal conduct requirements in the supervisee/supervisor relationship.

Determine & Address Supervisees who do not meet professional competency standards – What do you do?

Define & Implement the main concepts of Intellectual vs Emotional Competence

Provide Ethical Telesupervision by Identifying the Pitfalls, Pros & Cons, and Ethics of Competency-Based Supervision

Understand the main concepts of anticipatory guidance & implement through case disucssion.

group-supervision

Clinical Supervision Part  – 7

Ethics in Supervision & Consultation: Practical Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals

Obtain 3 hours of Clinical Supervision Specific Training and\or 3 hours of Ethics

In this segment of the series, we switch to a webinar that is based on the book by Janet Thomas “The Ethics of Supervision & Consultation”. Participants will: learn about the ethical practice of supervision and standards for supervision; examine psychotherapy-based models of supervision and the ethical challenges that can present; review boundaries and multiple relationships; and explore the nuances of group supervision and mandated supervision.

We will also experience the VARK questionnaire which helps identify learning style(s) in order to adapt your supervision to meet the learning needs of your supervisee. (For example, Kinesthetic learners don’t always teach kinesthetic learners well!)

Learning Objectives:

Explain the Role of Ethical Practice in Supervision & Consultation

Identify Main Concepts of Legal, Ethical, & Regulatory Competence

Understand & Implement Skills Learning Regarding Boundaries & Multiple Relationships Concepts Through Case Studies

Describe the Main Concepts Involving Mandated Supervision: Challenges for the Supervisor & Supervisee