Fundamentals Course

AAMFT Approved Supervisors ensure a learning environment that is supportive and nurturing while providing therapists and trainees access to the latest innovations in the field. 

Course Requirements

  • Must be an AAMFT Member (Clinical Fellow or Professional Member)
  • Must complete a 30-credit Fundamentals of Supervision course in order to receive the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. Courses are offered in the following quarters:
    • January - March
    • April - June
    • July- September
    • October - December
  • TEXTBOOK REQUIREMENT: There is a textbook requirement for all options of the Fundamentals of Supervision course. This text is sold separately and NOT included in the price of the course. You can purchase that textbook by visiting this link.
  • FINAL PAPER: The Philosophy of Supervision paper must be completed within 1 month from the last interactive session date. No extensions will be granted.

Course Description: This course is taught from a systemic/relational perspective and covers a breadth of generalist ideas. That is, rather than “teach” supervision or supervise therapy from a particular perspective (modernist, postmodernist, constructionist, developmental, clinical), the course covers the basics for a number of perspectives that may fit the course participants’ ideas and worldviews. Through presentations, readings, short assignments, and an online, face-to-face, interactive sessions, the course allows students a number of perspectives related to the purpose and goals of supervision within AAMFT supervision course guidelines. These include helping training therapists with ensuring client care, mastering competencies (both core and approach-specific), self-of-the-therapist and self-of-the-supervisor, context-sensitive, therapist professional growth, and other purposes as the supervisor and training therapist identify as individual supervisory systems. The course instructors are, themselves, constructionist in perspective, but teach and supervise a variety of perspectives and therapy/supervision approaches.

Options for Course Completion:

AAMFT offers two different options for course completion that will best fit your particular needs of becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. The first option is a hybrid course, consisting of 15 hours of interactive hours and 15 hours of online work. The second option is a fully virtual, 30 hour course with no online work.

We ask that you please use a headset, earbuds, or any type of personal earphone for the interactive portion of this class. Access and use of a webcam is required for this session, and lack thereof may result in removal from the session. Please be sure to test using the equipment (i.e. computer, browser, headset, etc.) that you are planning to use to complete the course. Access to interactive webinars needs to be from a non-distracting, private place because of confidentiality and security. Please avoid accessing the interactive webinars from public areas (coffeehouses, restaurants, etc.). Please e-mail learning@aamft.org for any questions regarding this.

Option A: 30-hour Hybrid Course

Candidates for the Approved Supervisor designation will complete half of the course online and half of the course through interactive Zoom sessions. The Philosophy of Supervision paper must be completed within 1 month from the last interactive session date. No extensions granted.

Format: This course will be completed via Zoom over a series of six weeks. It will consist of one 1-hour introductory meeting followed by five 3-hour interactive sessions. You must attend ALL SIX SESSIONS in their entirety and complete the online work in between the interactive sessions. 
 
Continuing Education30 CEs will be received after the completion of the interactive sessions, online units, and the philosophy of supervision paper. Please keep in mind that this is a course, not a workshop.

    Option B: 30-hour Virtual Interactive Course

    Candidates for the Approved Supervisor designation will complete the course over 4 days in two weeks. The Philosophy of Supervision paper must be completed within 1 month from the last session date. No extensions granted.

    Format: This course will be completed via Zoom over a series of four days in a two week timeframe. You must attend ALL FOUR SESSIONS in their entirety.

    Continuing Education30 CEs will be received after the completion of the interactive sessions, online units, and the philosophy of supervision paper. Please keep in mind that this is a course, not a workshop.

    Attendance Policy:

    It is your responsibility to check your calendar for availability and correct time zone.

    You must attend all sessions within the course that you signed up for, in their entirety. Failure to attend all sessions will result in loss of registration fees and having to retake the course in its entirety.

    No extensions, course transfers, or other accommodations will be made in the event that you miss a session.

    In the case of circumstances beyond its control, the AAMFT reserves the right to make necessary changes in presenters and content of all AAMFT Approved Supervision Courses.