The supervisory relationship presents some unique challenges and opportunities involving effective use of self. Supervisors are frequently confronted with situations that may evoke strong personal reactions. This course will help participants develop a meaningful and accessible way to conceptualize, apply, and describe the process of “use of self” to themselves and their supervisees.

This course will use didactic input and experiential learning. Participants will explore how the whole person of the supervisor can be effectively engaged in the way supervision is provided. Strategies for managing obstacles will be introduced, including self-insight, self-integration, empathy, anxiety management, and conceptualizing skills.


As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify personal attributes, beliefs, and potential triggers that influence the ways they function as a professional supervisor
  • Examine important ethical and clinical consequence of self-awareness and self- influence on supervisory effectiveness
  • Apply tools for identifying and evaluating reactions to supervisees
  • Recognize how interpersonal dynamics in the supervisory relationship are often replicated in the supervisee’s relationships with clients
  • Employ strategies for addressing personal insecurities that may limit supervisory effectiveness
  • Understand how the supervisor’s use of self can be a catalyst for professional growth and improved performance by the supervisee

Key Benefits

This workshop has been pre-approved by the following Minnesota licensing boards:

  • Board of Social Work (BoSW): (#CEP-204)
  • Board of Marriage & Family Therapy (BMFT): 6 Supervision CEs (#2023-033); this workshop may not be used to meet the 30-hour supervision training requirement found in Minn. Rule 5300.0160.
  • Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (BBHT): (#2023.CE.049)

For participants needing clinical clock hours (CCH), this workshop meets the following requirements, as defined by the Board of Social Work:

  • Clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice: 4 CCH
  • Social work values and ethics, including cultural context, diversity, and social policy: 2 CCH

The course content is intended for behavioral health practitioners across the spectrum of experience with providing clinical supervision. Activities target individuals with experience providing clinical supervision (to interns or licensure track supervisees), but can be adapted for first-time supervisors.
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