The Working Context of Family Based Supervision

This course serves as an introduction to clinical supervision in agencies, with a specific focus on supervising therapists who work in the community, such as in Pennsylvania’s Family-Based Mental Health Services program.  The expectations of the many stakeholders invested in treatment services are clarified - these expectations form the context of supervision. This course also clarifies the three major components (or roles) involved in overseeing treatment services, reviews the various ways that agencies have structured these roles, and highlights the strengths and challenges associated with each structure. Lastly, the common challenges of supervision in agencies are presented, along with tips for coping.

2.0 Hours CE Credit

Tailoring Supervision to the Individual Therapist

The focus of supervision needs to be informed by an assessment of the therapist's skill set, while the supervisor's approach to supervision needs to be informed by an understanding of the person of the therapist. This course presents a framework for thinking about the latter, exploring the influence of therapists' learning preferences, approach to handling emotional intensity, therapists' personal context (e.g. gender, race, life stage, values), and stage of professional development as a clinician.

2.0 Hours CE Credit

The Foundations of Good Clinical Supervision

This course describes the attitudes and actions of clinical supervisors considered "good" and effective. These attitudes and actions are contrasted with supervisors recalled as "bad" or ineffective. Readings from aritcles in the superivsion literature are used to suplement and elaborate on these attitudes and actions. Particular focus is given to the differences between administrative supervision, clinical supervision and training. Five key responsibilities of clinical supervisors in high quality or evidence based programs are identified and discussed in detail.

2.0 Hours CE

Supervising Two-Person Teams

One of the unique features of Pennsylvania’s Family Based Mental Health Services program is that it is team delivered. Not only must the focus be maintained on individual therapists’ development within the team, but also on development of the team itself. This course identifies the stages of team development and the most common team-based challenges supervisors face. The role of the supervisor in supervising two-person teams at each stage of development is highlighted, as well as supervisory strategies for addressing issues that arise.

2.0 Hours CE Credit