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Clinical Supervision: Easing the Agony

Total Credits: 6 including 6 VT LICSW, 6 VT LCMHC/LMFT, 7.2 MA LCSW, 6 MA LCMHC, 7.2 MA LICSW, 6 NH LICSW, 6 NH LCMHC, 6 CT LPC, 6 CT LCSW, 6 Psychologists (states using APA approval), 6 NYS Psychologists

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Paul Block, Ph.D.
Course Levels:
Intermediate to Advanced
7 Hours 30 Minutes
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This training presents a formulation-driven conceptual approach to providing administratively- and professionally-effective clinical supervision. The goal of supervision is guiding trainees to meet individual professional development goals and needs. By designing the administrative relationship and training based on professional formulations, this enables supervisors to offer supervisees the most relevant, helpful, and collaborative professional development experience..

Further, using evaluation standards based on trainees’ growth in response to formulation-guided training interventions also changes supervisors’ approach to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness considerations given the historic structural and systemic biases that disadvantage and exclude trainees of color and of non-majority personal backgrounds. 



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Associate Professor, William James College

William James College

Paul Block, PhD, is an associate professor at William James College and has been supervising clinical research assistants, practicum and internship students, post-docs, practicing professionals, supervisors, program directors, and senior managers for over 35 years.  His early research at the University of Denver on a measure of supervision experiences accounted for EPPP scores and post-graduate salaries, and his  more recent research developing a measure of clinical supervision effectiveness uses student experiences to identify multiple dimensions of supervisor effectiveness.  He has regularly presented a formulation-driven professional supervisor training programs, and uses a formulation-focused approach in his own supervision and training responsibilities at William James College.

Course Objectives

Objective 1

List at least 3 considerations of appropriate administrative and legal arrangements for effective clinical supervision.

Objective 2

Describe how individualized professional formulations can influence administrative and legal arrangements for clinical supervision.

Objective 3

List the 3 main obligations of clinical supervisors.

Objective 4

Describe the goal of clinical supervision.

Objective 5

Describe the essential features of formulation-driven clinical supervision.

Objective 6

Explain the Response-to-Intervention (RTI) approach to addressing clinical supervision challenges (ruptures and supervisee performance difficulties).

Objective 7

Analyze how this formulation-driven approach to clinical supervision could be applied to difficult or unusual situations.

Objective 8

Analyze how to manage a challenging DEI situation that arises in the course of supervision.

Objective 9

Describe how formulation-driven supervision addresses structural systems and by-products of advantage.

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