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Effective & Ethical Supervision
in Psychotherapy and Counseling

6 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, 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.

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

Course materials: text/webpage Articles    audio Audios

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

Supervision in therapy exists at the crossroads of therapy and supervision. Knowing when to help supervisees examine and develop their therapy skills and when to help them examine themselves requires significant skill and awareness on the supervisor's part. Effective supervision combines evaluation of the supervisee, skills training, and transference and countertransference issues both as they pertain to the supervisee's work with clients and between the supervisee and supervisor. In addition to professional obligations, the supervisor also has legal liabilities and obligations to both the supervisee and to the supervisee's clients.

This intermediate level course, consisting of podcast interviews and articles, reviews the above mentioned issues and also explains what the codes of ethics of professional mental health associations require of supervisors. Part One covers the principles of effective and ethical supervision and presents a Personal Construct Model to help orient the supervisor. Part Two presents in detail the ethical obligations and ramifications of supervision and includes a podcast with Dr. Frederick Reamer who helped develop the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Part Three presents podcast interviews with Dr. Marty Klein who discusses the special issues and pitfalls present in supervising therapists who work with sexual issues. Part Four discusses the special supervision issues raised by the growing use of online therapy and online supervision. Part Five presents the regulations covering California supervisors. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Discuss the different roles a supervisor must fulfill.

2.    Identify the ethical requirements of supervision to the supervisee and the supervisee's clients.

3.    Summarize the special issues pertaining to sex therapy and supervision.

4.    Discuss the Personal Construct Model of Supervision.

5.    Summarize the requirements and expectations for supervisors from the major mental health associations.

6.    Explain the special requirements on conducting online supervision.

Course Syllabus

The various roles of a supervisor

  • Evaluative
  • Skills training
  • Developing the supervisee's insights into self
  • Protection of supervisee's clients

Ethical requirements of the supervisor

  • Record keeping
  • Regular schedule
  • Assuming liability for both supervisee and supervisee's clients
  • Professional mental health associations' rules and regulations for supervisors

Supervision and sex therapy

  • Untangling supervisee's values around sex from their clients' point of view
  • Cultivating a multicultural perspective on sexuality
  • Overcoming reluctance to address sexual issues

Online supervision

  • Secure record keeping
  • Synchronous and asynchronous communication
  • Advantages and disadvantages of online supervision
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