Effective Clinical Supervision: Building and Maintaining the Supervisory Alliance

Thursday, May 7 –
Friday, May 8, 2020

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

When you are on the front lines, you know the importance of good supervision. The support, interest and sensitive feedback from a good supervisor are crucial to advancing skills, as well as ensuring that future clients are getting the best possible clinical results in an ethical and safe environment.

A skilled and competent clinical supervisor draws from the “playbook” of good counselling and listening skills but knows that supervision is not the same as therapy. Rather, clinical supervision is an undertaking that requires a new set of behaviours and skills.

The supervisory process itself and promotion of mastery is both the art and science of a clinical supervision practice. Supervisors are not born. They are trained.

Over two days, Lois Ehrmann will provide you with an informed approach to risk and liability, as well as nuanced explorations of supervisor-supervisee dynamics. You will learn about how to give feedback, the pros and cons of different observation methods, how to better relate to supervisees whose background differs from yours, how to maintain proper boundaries, how to avoid being put on a pedestal and more.

Through presentation, active discussion and small-group problem solving, this workshop is designed to help you build your confidence in your supervision skills by providing instruction on how to address competently and confidently the toughest issues you will face in today’s ever-evolving psychotherapeutic world.

LOOKING TO COMPLETE YOUR 30-HOUR CRPO SUPERVISION REQUIREMENT?

Or are you just wanting an opportunity to dive deeper into the complex nuances of supervision?

Lois is also offering an 18-hour webinar to be broadcasted in 6 sessions between May 29 and July 10 to help you fine-tune your understanding and skill. For full information on this webinar, click here.

This 2-day, 12-hour training supplemented with Lois’s 18-hour post-training webinar fulfills the 30 hours of directed learning in clinical supervision required by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. 

Registrants are welcome to sign up for both the 2-day workshop and 18-hour webinar together or either training alone.

You will learn—

  • How to construct an informed consent contract for supervision
  • How to introduce up front information and processes to support and strengthen a supervisory alliance so that struggles are averted before they ever begin
  • How to manage and communicate difficult or negative feedback to a supervisee
  • How to effectively work with impaired or unethical supervisees
  • Ways to safeguard your license, as clinical supervision has its own ethical dilemmas and pitfalls

Time for reflection and small-group discussion will empower you with ideas and actual tools that you can integrate into your practice as soon as the training is over!

Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC, NCC/ACS  
How It All Begins:

• Roles and responsibilities • The Informed Consent Agreement and Supervisory Contract, • What are your and your supervisee’s expectations for supervision, • Supervision for the supervisor, • Important documentation

Exploring Various Models of Clinical Supervision

• Psychodynamic, • Social role, • Developmental, • Psychotherapy-based, • Attachment-focused, • Practice: Developing your own model of supervision

Supporting the Supervisory Alliance: Collaborating on Power Dynamics, Anxiety and Other Key Factors

• Supervisee resistance, anxiety and transference, • Power dynamics and counter-transference, • Repairing and paying attention to attachment ruptures in the relationship, • Keeping yourself off the pedestal via appropriate self-disclosure, • Practice: Strengthening techniques within the supervisory relationship

Who are YOU: Supervisor Identity via Self-Reflection

Clinical supervisor genogram, Engage in reflectivity, When to seek your own supervision

Effective Feedback regardless of “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Summative versus formative feedback, The ratio you must know to give corrective feedback, Specific counsellor interventions, Exploring the inner world of the supervisee, Working with supervisee activation triggers

Observation Methods: Pros and Cons

Live observation, Audio-video recordings, Interpersonal process recordings

Bringing Mindfulness in to Support Supervisee Skill Development

Centering activities to begin each session, Thought/meditation cards, Breathing exercises

Supervisor/Supervisee Tensions: Not If They Rise Up, But When

Structure versus free reign, Directive versus non-directive, Nurture versus neutrality

Reflectivity: Active Listening Plus

Person of the therapist exercise, Reflection letters, Journalling

When the Supervisee and Supervisor Come from Different Backgrounds

• How the supervisor-supervisee dyad is impacted • Identifying supervisee cultural and contextual background factors • Strategies for increasing awareness of bias • Micro-aggressions • Practice: Having uncomfortable conversations about cultural differences

Supervision via the Group Modality

• When to utilize groups, • Advantages of a group setting, • Tips for setting up group norms, • Strengthening the supervisory alliance in group, • Practice: Role plays of group scenarios

rotecting Your License/Registration and Your Practice

• Competency as a supervisor? • Evaluating supervisee competency • Everything you need to know about: -Standard of care -Informed consent -Boundaries -Privacy versus confidentiality -Dual relationships -Liability: direct and vicarious -Duty to warn -Social media/use of technology -and more! • Decision tree relevant to clinical supervision • Practice: Handling an impaired supervisee

Event Detail

May 7, 2020 9:00 am
May 8, 2020 4:40 pm
Knox Church