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Supervision: Advanced Topics, Ethics & Law

6 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

Course fulfills the California six hour Supervision Requirement for psychologists (by BOP) and for MFTs (by BBS). It also fulfills the supervision requirement in other states, check with your state board.

Course also fulfills the California and other states' ethics and law requirements. Course may qualify for insurance discount. Check with your insurer.

This course is also offered as part of a Supervision Savings Package (for LCSWs) of 15 CE Credits.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

This is an intermediate course on Supervision which outlines strategies for providing competency-based supervisory practices that limit risk and enhance professional development for all involved. While it is relatively easy to read about how to supervise, it is far more challenging to provide supervision that facilities learning, promotes passion for the profession, and encourages trainees to excel in their areas of expertise. For those who currently supervise, as well as those who are considering providing supervision for the first time, this course will both present clinical ideas and provide vignettes that will enhance your critical thinking and ethical decision-making.

This course is comprised of ten (10) articles. The first two articles provide basic information about creating optimal supervision and maintaining best practices for the supervisory experience. The next four articles review ethics in supervision and include models for ethical decision-making. Laws and Regulations are identified (especially for CA), and a Supervisorial "self-test" is provided. Clinical vignettes are provided to challenge your knowledge regarding supervision and to promote ethical decision-making skills. Finally, resources are identified for supervisors and trainees.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify optimal qualities and skills in both supervisor and supervisee.

2.    Select a personal style for supervision.

3.    Enhance creativity as a supervisor.

4.    Manage challenging people and situations in the supervision process.

5.    Demonstrate ethically-driven decision-making skills.

6.    Learn about Codes of Ethics and CA Law on supervision.

Course Syllabus

  • Who you are makes a difference!
    • Optimal qualities and characteristics of the trainee
    • Optimal qualities and characteristics of the supervisor
  • Basic Supervisor Competencies
  • Supervision Styles
    • Didactic
    • Role Modeling
    • Experiential
  • Developing Supervision: supervision changes as supervision changes!
  • Best practices for supervision
    • Case report vs. behavioral demonstration
    • Orientation-driven supervision
    • Diversity Training
  • Working through the rough patches
    • Challenging issues between trainee and client
      • Personal issues
      • Multicultural issues
      • Countertransference
      • Lines of competency
    • Challenging issues between trainee and supervisor
      • Personal issues
      • Multicultural issues
      • Countertransference
      • Lines of competency
  • Supervision and the law
  • Ethical decision-making in supervision
  • Risk management
  • Professional Associations and their Codes of Ethics
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