Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate
The Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program is designed for the seasoned supervisor who has three years or more post-graduate supervisory experience and currently holds a supervisory position.
The program consists of two week-long academic sessions of intensive coursework in July at the Smith College School for Social Work. Content presented will be both didactic and focused on student case materials. Between the two academic sessions, participants will apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities.
Students will receive consultation on their work through monthly online discussion forums. These discussions will focus on student case submissions and also be used to respond to participants' issues and concerns about supervision.
Well trained, experienced clinical supervisors are crucial for developing and sustaining excellence in clinical social work practice. Changes in the context of practice have decreased support for, and increased stresses on supervisors. Managed care and budget cuts have eliminated not only supervisory positions, but also support for advanced training for the supervisors who remain.
At the same time, licensing boards across the country are requiring weekly supervision for all social workers who provide clinical services.
In response to these changes, and in light of its commitment to developing exceptional clinical skills, the Smith College School for Social Work is pleased to offer a certificate program in Advanced Clinical Supervision. The program is designed to help clinicians:
- conceptualize clinical practice by using multiple theoretical frameworks in the context of the supervisory relationship
- understand and achieve in-depth supervisory skills
- enhance clinician's use of self in the supervisory relationship
- develop the capacity to adapt supervisory skills within the current context of practice
The unique design of the curriculum makes the program accessible to those currently supervising clinical staff or students and to those providing supervision on a consultative basis to agencies and or to clinicians in private practice.
The Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Supervision carries 62 continuing education credits.
Session I: July 21-25, 2014
Session II: July 27-31, 2015
Classes are held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A minimum of a master's degree in social work and three years of supervisory experience in a clinical setting is required. Applicants must be currently providing supervision to either staff, students or on a consultation basis to agencies or others in private practice. Applicants with master's degrees from other mental health professions will be considered.
Between the two academic sessions, participants will be expected to apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities. Students will receive consultation on their work through bi-monthly conference calls.
Morning sessions will cover a variety of important issues related to clinical supervision, while afternoon sessions will be structured as case-based integrative seminars. These seminars will break into small working groups based on the primary areas of the particpants' work and allow for in-depth consideration of challenges in supervision. Coursework is designed to give participants a comprehensive introduction and orientation to supervisory issues.
Conceptualization of Supervision
In this series of sessions, students will review theories that shape supervision and clinical practice. Current learning theory by scholars such as Vygotsky and Bruner, developmental models of learning in social work, adult learning theory and differences in learning styles will be discussed as they affect the process of supervision. Theories informing current models of clinical practice will be reviewed as a means of assisting supervisors in reconceptualizing their own practice, a necessary step in the effective supervision of others.
Crucial Issues in Supervision
In this series of sessions, students will consider the ethical and legal issues in the supervisory relationship and the requirements of both the profession and the agency. The impact of the context in which supervision is provided, both macro (social, political, economic) and micro (agency), will be discussed. Finally, the instructor will discuss with participants professional leadership opportunities in clinical supervision through scholarly contributions and research.
Dynamic Processes and the Supervisory Relationship
Students will expand their understanding of the central dynamic processes in supervision including: self-awareness/self-reflection; parallel process; transference/countertransference; internalization; dealing with affect; and the management of ambiguity. Additionally, the supervisory relationship itself will be evaluated for the differential use of self, management of diversity and the different roles possible in supervision (i.e., modeling, teaching, etc.). Significant attention will be focused on issues of difference between the client and worker, between the supervisor and supervisee, and or between the supervisor and client. Lastly in this series of sessions, participants will look at the impact of the issues of power/authority and boundaries.
Case-Based Integrative Seminars
Case-based seminars provide a core of the certificate program and are offered each afternoon throughout both sessions. The seminars will respond to the specific learning needs of students. Participants will be broken into smaller groups based on their primary supervisory roles. Discussion will center on cases brought in for discussion by participants.
Catherine Nye, Ph.D.
Dr. Nye is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Advanced Clinical Supervision Program at Smith College School for Social Work. She has published on the processes of learning and development in supervision and has worked and done research internationally. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Southeast Asia and taught supervision to Greek and Turkish psychologists in Cyprus. Dr Nye is currently involved in research and collaboration with social workers in northern Thailand, where she has established and advises field placements for Smith MSW students.
Lea Brown, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Dr. Brown has been a clinical supervisor of infant-parent psychotherapy and daycare consultation for the past ten years to both staff and interns at the UCSF Infant-Parent Program. She also provides direct services in dyadic psychotherapy, community training, and daycare consultation through our program and in private practice. Ms. Brown has twenty years of experience encompassing individual, child, and family psychotherapy and supervision with specialties in grief counseling, divorce impasses, and the needs of young children. Past clinical venues include the Center for the Family in Transition--brief treatment model, Ann Martin Center--family guidance model, Travis Air Force Base Medical Center, and Napa State Hospital.
Catherine Clancy, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Dr. Clancy is the Training Director of Social Work Practice at the Michael E. DeBakey, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Houston, Texas . She also maintains a private clinical, educational, and consulting practice in Houston. She has served as Adjunct Instructor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work; Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Medicine at Baylor College School of Medicine; Consultant to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and Field Instructor at Smith College School for Social Work.
Angela B. Farrell, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Professor Farrell is a licensed clinical social worker and Adjunct Lecturer at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. She is the Director of Social Work Training there and oversees social work students from a number of schools for social work. In addition, Professor Farrell serves on the staff of the adult outpatient psychiatric programs of two clinics - the Women’s Life Center and the Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic. She also maintains a private practice with a specialization in women’s mental health issues.
W. Leonard Hill, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Professor Hill is the Faculty Program Manager at the Adult Ambulatory Psychiatric Program, Yale Psychiatric Hospital, New Haven, CT. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in Social Work, Yale School of Medicine, the former Director of Training and Director of Social Work, Yale Psychiatric Institute, and former Adjunct Faculty member of the Smith College School for Social Work. He maintains a small private practice primarily focused on family and couples treatment, with consultation and teaching in related areas of agency practice.
Katherine J. Jungreis, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.
Dr. Jungreis is an Adjunct Faculty Professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work. She has also served as an organizational consultant for the Harvard Medical School Human Resource Department (1999-2000), a clinical supervisor for Women’s Place Counseling Collective (1997-2002), and Clinical consultant to the Federal Employees Assistance Program (1990-2001). She maintains a private practice and has lectured widely on a range of topics related to work with couples, parents, and families.Lourdes Mattei, Ph.D.
Lourdes Mattei, is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Hampshire College. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
She has worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings such as academia, community mental health, private practice, and the theater.
Her interests include psychoanalytic theory and practice, child development, cross-cultural psychology, women's studies, theater, and Puerto Rican culture.
Lynn Rosenfield, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Professor Rosenfield received her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in 1976 and has completed a certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where she lives. She has been in private practice since 1983, providing psychotherapy, divorce mediation services, consultation and supervision. She is also an FFA (Faculty/Field Advisor) for Smith social work students who are placed in LA, and she co-facilitates their monthly integrative seminar.Earlier in her career, she organized a runaway house for homeless youth and worked with both the adolescents and their families. She was a staff clinical social worker at The Child Guidance Clinic in Springfield, MA and was the director of a branch office of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. For ten years, she volunteered as a clinical supervisor for Psychotherapy Services, a low-fee treatment program that is under the aegis of The Sanville Institute. The therapy is provided by MSW’s who volunteer their services in exchange for hours toward their license.
Tuition & Fees
Application fee: $40 (due with application materials)
Tuition deposit: $300 (due with acceptance to confirm enrollment; the deposit is credited to the full tuition bill)
2013-14 tuition: $2,400*
*Tuition can be paid in full or in two payments of $1,150 (half before the first session and half before the second session).
Agencies sponsoring three or more students will receive a five percent tuition discount per applicant.
The $40 application fee is nonrefundable. Because program decisions are based on class size, tuition refund deposits cannot be considered.
The Smith College School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any program which is undersubscribed. In the case of cancellation, all tuition fees paid will be reimbursed in full. The School also reserves the right to modify certificate content as appropriate.
Your application packet must include the following:
- Application form (available online only)
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- Current résumé*
- Personal statement (two to three pages) responding to the following:*
- Describe your experience as a supervisor (i.e. where did you supervise, the context, who did you supervise, for how long, etc.).
- What are your professional and personal reasons for choosing to be a clinical supervisor?
- What do you hope to gain from this certificate program?
- Two letters of reference (current supervisor and professional colleague; if not currently employed, most recent supervisor)*
*Submit by mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application materials must be received no later than April 15, 2014
Online applications must be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). All online applications will receive confirmation of receipt by email; if you do not receive confirmation that your application was received (within 48 hours), please contact us.
Please be sure to mail or email the resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation.
Application (online form)
Mail Your Application Form and/or Supporting Documents
Return your completed application packet to:
Smith College School for Social Work
Attention: Advanced Supervision Certificate/John Terracuso
Northampton, MA 01063.
Fax Your Materials
Applications may be faxed to the school at (413) 585-7990. Faxed applications must be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). All faxed applications will receive confirmation of receipt by return fax; if you do not receive confirmation that your application was received (within 48 hours), please re-fax your application or contact us.
The School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any program which is undersubscribed. The school also reserves the right to modify certificate content as appropriate.