Refresher Course

Approved Supervision Refresher Course
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 8:00am - 3:30pm

Instructor: John Robbins, PhD

To maintain the highest quality supervisors in the field, the AAMFT requires AAMFT Approved Supervisors to take a 6-hour refresher course prior to the renewal of their designation. This one-day course is designed specifically to meet that requirement and to keep participants on the cutting edge of clinical supervision practice.

The course will include case examples, didactic and interactional instruction methods and 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 Approved Supervisor requirements.

Participants will:

  • Review currently available clinical supervision resources and information, with an emphasis on the literature from the past five years.
  • Discuss ways to manage difficult ethical and legal issues that arise in the course of supervision.
  • Learn about the importance of contracts in supervision and review the key elements necessary for creating a developmentally appropriate supervision contract.
  • Consider ways to address multiple cultural, gender, and socioeconomic issues that are inherent in and have an impact on therapy and supervision.
  • Learn about the current standards for becoming and maintaining the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation, with particular attention to the Approved Supervisor’s role as a mentor.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring resources that would enhance and deepen the learning experience for everyone involved (e.g., samples of the forms they use; challenging supervisory situations for discussion) and be prepared to share their own supervisory expertise.

Completing the course does not automatically apply you for your designation renewal. You must separately apply within one year of your renewal date, which is three months before your designation expiration and pay the fee. You must be a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT in order to renew. Consult the AAMFT website or the current version of the AS Handbook for full instructions. Send renewal form to 

Required reading for this course includes: