Clinical Supervision: Providing Effective Supervision, Navigating Ethical Issues and Managing Risk

Presented by George Harman, Psy.D.

Live Streaming on October 18 - 19, 2022


12 Hours  |  Pending CEU Approval


This online course will be streaming live on October 18 – 19, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until November 21, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on October 17, 2022. 

This two-day course was developed for experienced, post-graduate, licensed clinicians who are interested in or have been providing clinical supervision. It is an intermediate level course designed to introduce practitioners to best practices for providing clinical supervision. The presentation reviews models of clinical supervision and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each model, details building blocks for the provision of competent supervision, discusses individual versus group supervision, suggests various observation models to enhance feedback and demonstrates constructive feedback strategies. As supervision is often a multicultural experience, potential supervisors are taught to identify personal values, biases and expectations and utilizes skills, techniques and strategies for supervising diverse populations. Every discipline recognizes the importance of clinical supervision in training new practitioners and has established specific guidelines related to supervision, this course reviews the major ethical issues involved in supervision, discusses key legal issues associated with supervision and provides specific risk management strategies to address these ethical and legal issues

This experiential, in-depth seminar details the supervisory process, answers your questions about ethical issues, risk and liability, and prepares you to deliver competent clinical supervision.

Module One

The Supervisory Alliance: Building a Foundation for Everyone’s Success

  • Ten Myths About Clinical Supervision
  • Supervision versus Consultation
  • Basic Components of the Competent Supervisor
  • Ten Factors Contributing to the “Best” and “Worst” Supervisors
  • The Supervisee’s Bill of Rights
  • The Building Blocks:
    • Competence
    • Diversity
    • Supervisee Relationship
    • Professionalism
    • Assessment/Evaluation/Feedback
  • Practice Exercise #1: Competency Based Supervisor Self-Assessment

Module Two

Getting Started: How to Optimize the Initial Supervision Sessions

  • Establish and Discuss Roles and Responsibilities
  • How to Write a Comprehensive Informed Consent Agreement
  • Setting Expectations for Supervision
  • How to Develop and Write a Supervisory Contract
  • Practice Exercise #2: Writing a Supervisory Contract for Ned Newbi

 Module Three

Models of Clinical Supervision: Find the Right Fit for You and Your Setting

  • Administrative versus Clinical Supervision
  • The “No-Model” Model
  • Apprentice-Master Model
  • Expert Model
  • One-Size-Fits-All Model
  • Psychotherapy-Based Model
  • Parallel Process Model
  • Interactional Model
  • Relationship Model
  • Developmental Model
  • Holistic Model

Module Four

Individual versus Group Supervisions: Adapting to Your Setting and Your Style

  • Individual Supervision
  • Group Supervision
  • Team Supervision
  • Peer Supervision
  • Case Consultation

Module Five

Observation Methods: Pros and Cons

  • Live Supervision
  • Video Recording Supervision
  • Audio Recording Supervision
  • On-Line Supervision
  • Didactic Supervision

 Module Six

Dealing with Problems and/or Problematic Supervisees: Resolving Supervisor/Supervisee        Tensions

  • The 8000 pound elephant in the room
  • Common Problems in Supervision
  • Dealing with Problems
  • Supervisee Limitations
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Practice Exercise #3: Writing a Performance Improvement Plan for Peter Problematica

Module Seven

Give Effective Feedback: Having Hard Conversations

  • Constructive Feedback
  • Practice Exercise #4: Role Play —The Supervisor From Hell Provides Feedback To The Problematic Supervisee
  • Six Guiding Principles for Giving Feedback
  • Tips for Providing Constructive Feedback
  • Structuring Constructive Feedback
  • Guidelines for Constructive Feedback
  • Improving Your Constructive Feedback Skills
  • “Unhelpful” Constructive Feedback
  • Practice Exercise #5: Role Play — The Constructive and Effective Supervisor Meets the Open Supervisee with an Issue

Module Eight

Cultural Competence: Proactive Treatment of Cultural Differences

  • Appreciation of Diversity
  • Role of Diversity in Supervision
  • A Continuum of Cultural Competence
  • Introducing the Topic of Multicultural Differences in Individual Supervision
  • Introducing the Topic of Multicultural Differences in Group Supervision
  • Cultural Humility
  • 14 Personal Competencies of Cultural Humility
  • Practice Exercise #6: Cultural Issues in Supervision

Module Nine

Impairment and Gatekeeping: Handling an Impaired Supervisee

  • A Learning Problem versus Impairment
  • How to Identify Impairment
  • Strategies for Dealing with an Impaired Supervisee

Module Ten

The Evaluation Process: The Key to Effective Supervision

  • The Evaluation
  • The Four Steps
  • Formative Feedback versus Summative Assessment
  • Handling a Negative Evaluation

Module Eleven

Legal Issues in Supervision: Protect Yourself, Protect Your License

  • Legal Primer for Mental Health Practitioners
  • Standard of Care for Supervision
  • Supervisory Negligence/Malpractice
  • Direct Liability
  • Vicarious Liability

Module Twelve

Ethical Issues in Supervision: Protect Yourself, Protect Your License

  • Ten Activities Required for Ethical Supervision
  • Core Ethical Principles
  • Supervisory Ethical Violations
  • Major Ethical Issues Related to Supervision
    • Competence
    • Due Process
    • Informed Consent
    • Confidentiality
    • Multiple/Dual Relationships
  • Boundary Crossings versus Boundary Violations
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Social Boundaries: Factors to Consider
  • Practice Exercise #7: Role Play — Addressing Ethical Standards:  Tristan and Eloise

Module Thirteen

Risk Management Issues

  • Improving Risk Management Strategies
  • Systemic Risk Management
  • Individual Strategies

Module Fourteen

Questions and Discussion: Evaluation and Feedback

  • 20 Practical Prevention Strategies to Avoid Problems
  • Bibliography
  1. Establish best practices for providing clinical supervision, including the use of a written informed consent contract and thorough documentation procedures.
  2. Compare and contrast various models of clinical supervision, including advantages and disadvantages of each, and ascertain how each may be applied to the practice of clinical supervision.
  3. Classify the six building blocks of providing competent supervision.
  4. Conduct a self-assessment of your competencies as a supervisor.
  5. Be capable of developing and writing an effective supervisory contract with measureable goals and objectives.
  6. Demonstrate the use of summative and formative feedback strategies as they relate to clinical supervision practices.
  7. Utilize various observation methods for the purpose of providing ongoing feedback and guidance for supervisees to improve their clinical skills.
  8. Develop methods for identifying and managing cultural and contextual factors that may negatively impact the supervisor-supervisee dyad.
  9. Establish standards for identifying and addressing cultural or contextual bias within both the supervisory and the therapeutic relationship and developing “cultural humility.”
  10. Assessing the advantages and disadvantages of various formats and methods for supervision
  11. Improve your ability to provide constructive feedback to supervisees.
  12. Recognize the key legal issues and legal risks involved in being a supervisor, particularly vicarious liability.
  13. Develop sensitivity to the major ethical issues involving supervision including: Competence, Due Process, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Multiple/Dual Relationships

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

George B. Haarman, Psy.D., LMFT, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently in private practice.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University and is a member of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Haarman has been an instructor at Jefferson Community College, Bellarmine University, and Spalding University.  He has presented seminars regionally and nationally on psychopathology, depression, and emotional disorders in children and adolescents.  George serves as a consultant to several school systems regarding the assessment of children.  His prior experience includes working with youth detention centers, juvenile group homes, child protective services, and juvenile probation.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

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