Course Description

This practical online workshop in Clinical Social Work Supervision is geared for the professional who is currently supervising or is on the cusp of a supervisory position and has substantial front-line clinical experience. The workshop will explore the theoretical and structural underpinnings of supervision and then will examine a variety of issues that occur within the clinical social work supervision environment.

Supervision is a contact experience – usually face to face – however it may also occur on the telephone, online or by videoconference or webcam so the HOW of interaction is important. To address this issue, two Zoom sessions are included in this course. Please check the times and dates of these sessions under the course section details. You will be able to access the course materials at your own convenience within the course duration.


Course Details

Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of supervision from a social work perspective (such as definitions, the importance of context, differences between therapy and consultation, types, etc.)
  • Distinguish between practical examples of administrative and clinical supervision.
  • Apply clinical and administrative techniques of clinical supervision.
  • Define supervisory types – group, peer, supervision of supervision, etc. and consider how to use these and when.
  • Identify supervisory accountabilities including  contracting, documentation, legal issues, joint responsibilities of supervisor and supervisee, reporting responsibilities and ethical dilemmas in supervision.
  • Identify one’s own supervisory style and how it is developed.
  • Identify supervisory interactions and apply these in role plays and practical applications.
  • Determine solutions to thorny issues in supervision that include building trust, complicated relationships, shame, honesty and forgiveness and power and authority.


Jane Matheson PhD, RSW (Clinical Registry) is the instructor for this workshop. Jane has an MSW from the University of Toronto and completed her PhD in 1999, undertaking a qualitative research thesis in Social Work Supervision: Women’s Process. She has been interested in and performing supervision since 1974. Jane has been working at Wood’s Homes for 34 years – she is presently the CEO. Prior to this, she was a family therapist with Alberta Mental Health and a Supervisor at Youthdale Treatment Centre in Toronto. Jane is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor and has been associated with the Association of Social Work Boards out of Washington, DC on the Examination Committee and a Task Force on Supervision.


The participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation at the end of the course. The course may be used towards ACSW Continuing Competency Activity Category A. credits.

The participants are expected to: 

  • Devote about 5 hours each week to the course by posting on required Discussion Boards and responding to others as required.
  • Read the posted materials—all readings provided online
  • Participate in the two scheduled Adobe Connect Sessions (recordings are available for later listening)
  • Participate in blackboard discussions—starting your own topics as well responding to other participants

Please note that your participation will be assessed in order to receive the full credits.  No partial credits are available.

Note: You will be sent an e-mail with login information a week before the course starts stating when the course is open (Usually a few days before the actual start date). You are encouraged to log in early and test your computer for sound and ability to speak and see (microphone and webcam)


Pre and post tests will be given to all participants at the beginning and completion of the workshop. These questionnaires identify knowledge and skill before and after the workshop and will be helpful to make future workshops as good as they can be.  As well, feedback will be sought throughout the course.  A final evaluation is done at end of the course.

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