Dr. Jeff Chang 

   psychologist   professor  supervisor  speaker   consultant  author

Clinical Supervision

I am passionate about supervising and mentoring the next generation of counsellors and psychologists. As an instructor in a counselling program and a clinical supervisor, I became fascinated by how counsellors make sense of their own development. I sustained this interest researching this topic for my doctoral dissertation.


I have maintained the Approved Supervisor designation, awarded by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 1996. To earn this certification, candidates must complete a graduate course in marriage and family therapy supervision, have their supervision practice supervised by a senior Approved Supervisor, and participate in continuing education in marriage and family therapy supervision.

I have supervised about forty Provisional Registered Psychologists, supporting them to complete the requirements as a Registered Psychologists in Alberta. To meet an unfilled need for supervisors for Provisional Registered Psychologists, I offer supervision for those who do not have a qualified supervisor at their workplace.

From 2016 to 2020, I taught Advanced Clinical Supervision in Psychology, a continuing education certificate course offered by The University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education (Educational Studies in Psychology), and the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. I've since developed an online self-study course. This experience permits me to mentor and consult to developing clinical supervisors.

I also teach the Fundamentals of Marriage and Family Supervision Course in Canada for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework for Clinical Supervision

My experiences as a clinical supervisor as an agency employee, with employees in my own psychology firm, with private practice associates, and as a university clinical placement coordinator and supervisor gave me  distinct set of experiences. I put these together to develop a heuristic for conceptualizing clinical supervision, the Contextual Functional Meta-Framework (CFM). Jeff designed the CFM to pull together unifying principles for how supervisors in diverse settings can provide clinical supervision with supervisees at different career stages. The elements of the CFM are:

Contextual factors
Culture-infused supervisory working alliance
Relational positioning:
  o  Clinical educator
  o  Ethics/risk management consultant
  o  Skill development coach
  o  Catalyst
  o  Professional gate-keeper
  o  Administrative supervisor
  o  Professional mentor
  o  Advocate/ system change agent
  o  Personal supporter
Theory of change
The therapist-client-supervisor system
Phase of counsellor development