Course Description

This online workshop in Clinical Social Work Supervision is intended to be practical and geared for the professional who is already doing supervision, 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 examine a variety of issues from the supervisor’s point of view.

Supervision is a contact experience – usually face to face – but may occur on the telephone, online or by video-conference or webcam so the HOW of interaction is important.  In an attempt to address this issue, two Adobe Connect sessions will be part of this course – Mondays, November 4 and November 18, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00pm (Calgary Time).  Connecting with the rest of the class materials can occur at your own convenience and within the course days.

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.

Course Details

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, successful participants will:  

  • Understand the basics of supervision from a social work perspective (such as definitions, the importance of context, differences between therapy and consultation, types, etc.)
  • Be able to distinguish between and engage in some practical examples of administrative and clinical supervision.
  • Become aware of various supervisory types – group, peer, supervision of supervision, etc. and consider how to use these and when.
  • Understand supervisory accountabilities such as: contracting, documentation, legal issues, joint responsibilities of supervisor and supervisee, reporting responsibilities and ethical dilemmas in supervision.
  • Develop an understanding of the performance of supervision (clinical and administrative) and one’s own style and how this is developed.
  • Investigate a collection of supervisory interactions and have the opportunity to use these investigations in role plays and practical applications.
  • Review and try out some supervisory techniques
  • Consider some thorny issues in supervision – building trust, complicated relationships, shame, honesty and forgiveness and power and authority – and how to deal with these.

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