Dr. Jeff Chang 

   psychologist   professor  supervisor  speaker   consultant  author

Basics of Clinical Supervision: A Self-Study Program


Welcome to Basics of Clinical Supervision. This is a self-study program designed to provide basic knowledge about the responsibilities and practices of clinical supervision in mental health professions including psychology, psychotherapy, clinical counselling, couple and family therapy, clinical social work, etc. I've designed this course to exceed the requirements of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, for "30 hours of directed learning in providing clinical supervision. Directed learning can include course work, supervised practice as a clinical supervisor, individual/peer/group learning, and independent study that includes structured readings." However, anyone who is, or is planning to be a regulated mental health practitioner who provides clinical supervision, and who wishes to gain an introductory knowledge of clinical supervision, can benefit from this course. 

What This Course Will Provide

"Competence" is defined as adequate subject matter knowledge and the application of such knowledge, done with sufficient care. For example, College of Alberta Psychologists defines competences as "knowledge, skill, judgement, and diligence." I have designed this course to provide the knowledge portion of supervisory competence. I strongly recommend you seek supervision mentoring, or meet with a supervision consultation group to develop the skill component of your supervision competence.

About Me

I'm a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). My "day job" is as a professor with Athabasca University in the Master of Counselling program, where I have the privilege of supporting the development of counsellors and psychotherapists across Canada. 

I'm passionate about clinical supervision. It's a distinct area of competence, like couples' therapy or trauma work, so it requires both specialized knowledge and deliberate practice. As counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, clinical supervision is our "signature pedagogy." One of my missions is to enhance the quality of supervision practice, so you will also find me writing about supervision, presenting on it at conferences, and teaching courses on supervision for the AAMFT and the University of Calgary.

If you want to know more about me, click here for my full profile.

Requirements to Be a "Qualified" Supervisor

Each jurisdiction and educational program has its own requirements for clinical supervisors. For instance, some regulatory boards require no evidence of education or competence in supervision, only requiring a supervisor to have been registered/licensed for a minimum time period. Other jurisdictions require specific courses and/or supervision mentoring. Please check with your certification or licensing body to see if this course will meet the requirements.

For example, candidates for the Approved Supervisor designation with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) must take a course sponsored by the AAMFT. Although I am an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and an approved instructor for AAMFT's supervision courses, this course does not fulfill the AAMFT requirements. Only courses sponsored by AAMFT fulfill their requirements. Please check here for approved AAMFT courses, or ask your state or provincial AAMFT affiliate to sponsor one.

Course Organization and Structure

Recognizing that those interested in this course are experienced counsellors/psychotherapists, busy professionals, and self-directed adult learners, I designed the course to provide maximum choice in terms of readings, access to a virtual clinical supervision reading room, a fully self-paced format (no on-line discussion to keep up with), and regularly scheduled optional on-line support via Zoom for questions and discussion. You will work through ten modules at your own pace. I've provided a study process for each module with a curated collection of linked readings, to which you will have perpetual access. Several of the modules will lead you toward a specific learning product, which I require to verify completion of the course.

Topics Week by Week

Supervision as a distinct competency/Competency profiles in supervision
Ethics and guidelines for supervision
What you bring to the table: Personal style and background
Definition of supervision
Approaches to Supervision (Part 1)
  • Psychotherapy-based models of supervision

Module 3:
Approaches to Supervision (Part 2)
Approaches to Supervision (Part 2)
  • Developmental approaches
  • Supervision process models
  • Common factors
The Contextual-Relational Meta-Framework

Module 4: The Contextual-Relational Meta-Framework & Goal-Setting (Part 1)

  • Entry to practice competency profiles and accreditation
  • Administrative requirements
  • Supervision contracting/goal-setting, Part 1

  • A Culture-Infused Approach
  • Defining and Tracking the Working Alliance

Module 6: Relational Positions in Supervision 1

  • Clinical Educator
  • Skill Development Coach: Deliberate Practice
  • Organizational/Administrative Supervisor

  • Ethics/Risk Management Consultant
  • Catalyst (Transference and Countertransference, Person of the Therapist/Supervisor)
  • Advocate/System Change Agent

Module 8:
Relational Positions in Supervision 3
  • Personal Supporter (Distinction Between Supervision and Therapy) 
  • Professional Mentor
  • Professional Gatekeeper (Evaluation)

  • An Ecology of Ideas”: Theoretical Differences in Supervision and the Limits of Competence
  • Developmental approaches revisited
  • Phase of professional lifespan development and you

  • Trouble-shooting and problem-solving in supervision
  • Your personal approach to supervision
  • Continuing competence plan

  1. Supervision contract/informed consent form.
  2. Competency-based supervision plan.
  3. Supervision intake form/protocol for first supervision meeting.
  4. Supervision disclosure/philosophy statement
  5. Evaluation form/criteria
  6. Continuing competence plan

Course fee: $449.00 (GST exempt)

Registration and Learning Process

  1. Complete and submit the registration form below.
  2. For those banking in Canada, please send an Interac e-transfer to [email protected] For those banking outside of Canada, please use the secure e-transfer application "wise.com" using the e-mail address [email protected]
  3. Once payment has been received, we will send you an access code for the modules and the virtual reading room.
  4. Work at your own pace.
  5. Attend the regularly scheduled Zoom sessions whenever you wish -- or not at all. It's up to you! You have permanent access to them, and to the virtual reading room.
  6. Send me your all your learning products in one e-mail when they are done. After I've reviewed them, I'll send you a certificate of completion.

Upcoming Zoom Sessions
6:00-7:30 p.m. Mountain time

Wednesday August 25, 2021 (rescheduled)
Wednesday October 6, 2021
Thursday November 25, 2021
    Thursday January 13, 2022

Registration Form

Thank you for your registration. Please send your fee by e-transfer to [email protected], using "supervision" as the password. If you do not receive an access code in the next 48 hours, please write me at [email protected], as your message may have gone to "spam".
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