CLINICAL SUPERVISION FOR PROFESSIONALS
Supervision is an important part of professional practice for credentialed therapists seeking ongoing development and support, as well as for credentialing therapists and students who may need supervision to complete their training.
Effective clinical supervision enables the therapist or pre-professional to strengthen and grow from their work. Working as a therapist can be incredibly meaningful and fulfilling but in isolation and with inadequate training or support, can also be overwhelming and lead to secondary trauma or burn out.
Supervision, whether ad hoc or ongoing, can help a therapist learn from their clinical work, progress in their clinical skills, ensuring the safe and effective use of self and benefit the well-being of the therapist as well as the clients served. It’s a known ethical obligation to seek supervision when in doubt, and the conversations between a therapist and supervisor can and should be supportive, enlightening and stimulating.
Did you know that most supervisors are not clinically trained or supervised in their role as a supervisor? Some colleges have very minimal requirements for supervisors. While there are many people effectively practicing clinical supervision, it is an area of practice that has a strong basis in theory and research and not just another role of therapy. Just like being good at math does not make on a good math teacher, it is important to have training in the process of supervising others in order to ensure excellence in clinical supervision. A good match with a well trained supervisor is important to your wellbeing and development as a practitioner. Feeling supported and competent in this field is priceless. One should choose wisely when picking someone to support their professional development.
Shirley Katz, Ph.D., RP, CCC has a unique strength in clinical supervision, having completed an APA/CPA accredited Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, one of the only programs in Canada that offers full training in Supervision. This program included a clinical practicum and full course at the doctoral level in clinical supervision, which culminated in a video- taped assessment and a defense of a theory paper on the Supervisor’s approach to Supervision, as well as opportunity to supervise Master’s level therapists in several clinics and on internship. Shirley also taught several undergraduate and graduate level courses as an instructor in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of British Columbia, including a counselling pre-requisite course where her letters of recommendation were influential for students who wished to pursue graduate studies there.
Shirley has supervised many therapists and social workers and participated in many supervision groups for over 20 years. Her approach has its foundations in humanistic and Rogerian views, but draws heavily on attachment, object relations, emotion-focused, CBT and systemic theories, as that is where she has her base in practice as well. She draws on her teaching experience and offers a great deal of support in an empowering manner to help supervisees grow competent and confident.
Group supervision requires a minimum of 8 sessions ongoing for the purpose of group cohesion and to keep groups economical. One to one supervision does not involve contracts or commitments however there is a nominal administrative fee for forms requested from the Supervisor if less than 8 sessions transpired. Supervisees will be asked to show evidence of their own liability insurance and their consent forms and to sign a consent form for supervision. The Supervisor's name will not be used in any documentation without written consent. Please be aware that supervision is a professional activity and the supervisors time is billable.
Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-244-3050. A short consultation is offered to new supervisees on the phone without charge.
One to One
Online or in person, one to one supervision is available for professionals of all levels of experience and there is no ongoing commitment. Please email email@example.com or call the clinic at 647-244-3050
Small groups run for 1 to 2 hours once per week, online at a rate of $50 per hour per person. Please email for a group outline or for more information. There is an 8 session commitment involved in order to keep group cohesive and economical.