Approved Supervision

Approved Supervision at AAMFT17

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Since 1942, AAMFT has provided cutting-edge professional development and training opportunities for marriage and family therapists. Those that take the step to becoming an Approved Supervisor will serve as mentors in the field of marriage and family therapy. Ensuring a learning environment that is supportive and nurturing while giving therapists and trainees access to the latest innovations in the field. To learn more about the Approved Supervisor Designation or to download the Standards and Responsibilities Handbook, go to www.aamft.org/supervisor.

 
This course requires pre-session reading and written assignments. Please click here for more information.

Approved Supervision Network Reception

Saturday, October 7, 1-2 p.m.

The Approved Supervision Network provides exclusive access to Approved Supervision resources, and discussion. Open to current Approved Supervisors and Supervisors in training, join a networking reception that brings Supervisors together to meet and connect.

 

Refresher Course - SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$235 with full conference
$260 without conference

Presented by Kathleen Laundy

AAMFT Approved Supervisors must take a comprehensive refresher course prior to the renewal of their designation. This session is designed specifically to meet that requirement, and to keep practitioners up to date on clinical MFT supervision practice. This course will include case examples, didactic and interactive instruction methods. It will focus on current resources available to supervisors, management of ethical and legal issues likely to arise during supervision, utilization of supervision contracts, cultural competence in supervision and therapy, and discussion of the current AAMFT Approved Supervision requirements. 

 

Fundamentals Training

This track, presented by Toni Zimmerman, PhD, is designed to teach supervision candidates the 15-hour interactive component of the Fundamentals of Supervision course. Dr. Zimmerman will lay the groundwork for participants to become Approved Supervisors through a series of interactive sessions that incorporate all course contents as described in section 3 of the Approved Supervisors Designation: Standards Handbook.

If you are attending this track to meet the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation requirements, please refer to the Approved Supervisor Handbook for the complete set of requirements toward the designation. The sessions will be limited to full track participants to allow the presenter to deliver a more comprehensive and interactive learning experience.

To attend the following sessions, select the Supervision Track option during registration. To complete the designation, you will need to take the didactic portion of the course. More information available here.

 

Agenda

Thursday, October 5

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor: Supervision Relationships, Roles, and Goals

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Screening and Contracts

 

Friday, October 6

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Core Competencies and Evaluation

1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Supervision Formats and Modalities

 

Saturday, October 7

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Major Models for Supervision

2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Contextual Considerations

 

Sunday, October 8

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ethics and Legal Issues


 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor: Supervision Relationships, Roles, and Goals

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

It is important to know and follow the steps to becoming an approved supervisor and to be prepared to effectively manage the many relationships inherent in doing supervision. Participants will explore relationships including therapist-client, supervisor-therapist-client, and supervisee-supervisor, as well as relationships that exist in the place of practice, such as agencies. Foundation to a successful supervision relationship is to have well established roles and goals that guide the process of supervision.

Screening and Contracts

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The process of screening supervisees is critical prior to beginning a supervision relationship. Once it is established that you will enter into a supervisor relationship, a well-developed contract is essential. The supervision contract is a working document that is not only critical at the beginning of the relationship but also important to follow it throughout the relationship.

 

Friday, October 6, 2017

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Core Competencies and Evaluation

It is the responsibility of the supervisor to work with the supervisee to become competent in all of the Core Competencies. It is imperative that the supervisor establish formative and summative ways of evaluating the supervisees progress and to use best practices in the evaluation process.

 

Supervision Formats and Modalities

1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Effectively using a variety of supervision modalities is imperative for successful training of supervisees. Participants will examine the structure and the implementation of these modalities leaning how and when to thoughtfully utilize them to enhance learning.

 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Major Models for Supervision

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

It is imperative that supervisors are familiar with the major models of supervision that are common in the MFT literature and in the practice of MFT supervision. Participants will engage in the development of their own personal model of supervision drawn from established supervision models and their preferred style of therapy.
           

Contextual Considerations

2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Understanding and attending to contextual variables in supervision is imperative for effective practice. These contextual contexts include but are not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, age, class, culture, and the intersectionality of these. Understanding power and privilege related to both the practice of therapy and supervision is essential in order to "do no harm".

 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ethics and Legal Issues

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

It is imperative that supervisors are aware of the many distinct ethical and legal issues unique to the practice of supervision and to know how to effectively navigate these issues both common and complex in the practice of supervision.