Course Description

See Sections 001 for Winter and 002 for Fall offerings.

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 – please check the times and dates of these sessions under the course sections.  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.


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)

Required Textbooks:

There is one course textbook - available in e-book format as well as paper.. The participants need to buy this book separately as the cost is not included in the registration fee.  The required reading chapters will be announced as the course progresses. Other online readings will be provided each week.

1. Davys, A & Beddoe, L (2010) Best Practice in Professional Supervision – A Guide for the Helping Professions; London; Jessica Kingsley Publishers. E-book is around $19 and hard copy is around $35.
Please click on the site names to buy AmazonGoogle or Chapters (book @ $35)


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Nov 02, 2020 to Nov 30, 2020
Course Fees
Early Bird Field/Sessional Instructor non-credit $225.00
Early Bird General non-credit $315.00
Early Bird Student non-credit $225.00
Section Notes

Adobe Connect (webinar) Sessions:

1. Monday, November 9, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:00pm (Mountain Time)

2. Monday, November 23, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:00pm (Mountain Time)

Any Questions?
If you have any questions on the course or any difficulties in registering, please call (403) 220 2160 or (403) 220 3410 or e-mail fswcrd@ucalgary.ca.

Special Seats:

Limited Student and Field Instructors seats are available on first come first served basis.

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