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Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate

About the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate

Why Get Certified in Advanced Clinical Supervision?

Well-trained, experienced clinical supervisors are crucial for developing and sustaining excellence in clinical social work practice, but changes in the context of practice have decreased support for, and increased stresses on supervisors. Further, 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.

Advanced Clinical Supervision Learning Outcomes

In response to these changes, and in light of our 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

Who Should Apply?

We’ve designed the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program for seasoned supervisors who have three years or more post-graduate supervisory experience and currently hold supervisory positions.


Supervision Certificate Program Schedule

The program consists of two week-long academic sessions of intensive coursework in July at the Smith College School for Social Work. The content of the courses is both didactic and focused on student case materials. Between the two academic sessions, students apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities.

They also receive consultation on their work through monthly live video case conferences. These discussions focus on student case submissions and are also opportunities for advisers to respond to participants’ issues and concerns about supervision.

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.

Supervision Certificate Program Dates

Session I: July 23-27, 2018
Session II: July 29-August 2, 2019

Classes are held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

Supervision Certificate Credits

The Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Supervision carries 62 continuing education credits.


This program is wheelchair accessible. For disability access information or accommodations requests, please call 413-585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY) or email at least 10 days before the event.


Contact Laurie Herzog, Director of the Advanced Clinical Supervision Program at the Smith College School for Social Work, at