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 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. Supervision should help you be more competent and more confident. Supervision with Shirley is about you, not simply a case consultation with suggestions made about how to try other tools to help your client.
Did you know that most supervisors are not clinically trained or supervised in their role as a supervisor? There is an assumption that a few years of practice and a course in supervision is sufficient. There is evidence that practice years alone do not add to the quality of therapeutic work so why would five years as a therapist and a 30 hour course sometimes not even from a university be adequate to provide supervision?
Some organizations 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 clinics and in a year long APPIC accredited Doctoral 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. She has also supervised for newcomers to Canada through Bridges to Employment and works on mandated supervision on a case by case basis for those who require it per the CRPO.
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.
Please direct inquiries to email@example.com 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. Anyone with a supervision contract, group or individual, can book themselves in to an ad hoc appointment.
Small groups run for 2 hours biweekly, 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. Currently there are 2 ongoing groups. Thursdays 12 to 2 and a monthly Eating Disorders Group Supervision runs Mondays 4:30 to 6:30. Please ask.