Supervision Essentials for the Practice of Competency-Based Supervision

A 6-part Clinical Supervision Series adapted from the book

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

What is supervision? Supervision is critical to the practice of therapy. Supervision has been designed as an intervention provided by a more senior member of a profession to a more junior colleague or colleagues who typically but not always are members of the same profession. This relationship is evaluative and hierarchal, extends over time, and has the simultaneous purpose of enhancing the professional functioning of the more junior persons while monitoring the quality of professional service offered to the clients that he or she sees and serving as a gatekeeper for the particular profession the supervisee seeks to enter.

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: Beginner to Intermediate

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

NCASPPB Approved for up to 18 hours of GSB (CSS) (ETHICS-4)

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

Saturday, February 27th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live & Interactive Zoom Webinar

Cost $47

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

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

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.

Explore Myths vs. Facts of Supervisor’s perceptions.


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Clinical Supervision Series Part 2 –

Pitfalls & Dilemmas of Clinical Supervision & Consultation

Saturday, February 27th, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Live & Interactive Zoom Webinar

Cost $47

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

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

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 application 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.


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Clinical Supervision Series Part 3 –

Unraveling Supervisor Responsibilities

Saturday, March 20th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live & Interactive Zoom Webinar

Cost $47

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

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

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.


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Clinical Supervision Series Part 4 –

Multiculturalism, Diversity, & Personal Factors

Saturday, March 20th, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Live & Interactive Zoom Webinar

Cost $47

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

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

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:

Examine concepts to consider for multiculturalism & diversity such as ethics, self-assessment for microaggressions, and unintentional biases.

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

What is a reflective & neutral stance?

Discuss building and maintaining a successful supervisory working alliance.

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


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Clinical Supervision Series Part 5 –

Models of Supervision & Theory-Based Supervision

Saturday, April 17th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live & Interactive Zoom Webinar

Cost $47

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

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

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:

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

Review the application and implications of using the VARK Questionnaire to determine supervisee learning style.

Discuss how to determine a theory-based supervision approach.

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


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