Fundamentals of Supervision Course

Fundamentals of Supervision Course

Instructor: Toni Zimmerman, PhD, LMFT

Toni is a Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Colorado State University. She is a CSU University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and the Director for the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).  Toni is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor who has been teaching courses on supervision for over 25 years.  In addition to her passion for teaching and supervision, Toni is a dedicated researcher with over 100 published journal articles and chapters. Her areas of publication include Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice in Family Therapy Supervision, Training, and Practice.  An additional area that Toni and her colleagues are known for is the development and implementation of a youth mentoring program called Campus Connections: Therapeutic Youth Mentoring. This program utilizes a unique family systems model and provides integrated family therapy services to youth who have experienced adversity. Campus Connections is licensed to other Universities nationally and internationally. Toni and her colleagues have published outcomes for both undergraduate and clinical graduate college students and youth who participate in Campus Connections and they are honored to have received numerous local and national awards based on the impact of the program.

This course is taught from a systemic/relational perspective and covers many 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 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 train therapists to ensure 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 constructionists in perspective but teach and supervise a variety of perspectives and therapy/supervision approaches.

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. This Fundamentals of Supervision course is required for the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. To learn more about completing the supervision-mentoring training requirements toward the designation, please download the Approved Supervisor Designation: Standards Handbook.


The course schedule was intentionally created so that SFTC participants could attend breakout and keynote sessions, as well as the Fundamentals of Supervision course.

  • Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 4th from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 5th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. AND 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. AND 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

During the course you will review:

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the practical, legal, and ethical challenges in diverse systemic supervisory settings.
  • Examine the role of cultural humility in MFT supervision contexts.
  • Contrast the competencies necessary for effective delivery of supervision with different modalities.

Continuing Education30 CEs, including 6 for ethics, will be received after completing the interactive sessions, online units, and the philosophy of supervision paper. 

Completing the Fundamentals of Supervision course does not automatically qualify you for the Approved Supervisor designation. Please refer to the Approved Supervisor Handbook for a complete set of training and membership requirements. For more information, please visit the following links: AS Resources and AS Network.