Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate: Psychodynamic Supervision in a Multicultural Context

The Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate is designed for new supervisors or individuals who are considering becoming a supervisor. This program offers an introduction to a conceptual framework for supervision, along with careful application of these ideas to real world situations and concrete tools for supervisory practice. The course draws on concepts from multiple theoretical perspectives: psychodynamic, attachment, trauma and adult learning theories, always synthesizing perspectives on cultural awareness and the impact of oppression.

Attendees will learn from a diverse team of advanced practitioners. The program meets every week on Thursdays and provides 25 hours of instruction. Each 2.5 hour live, interactive webinar will include a didactic presentation and large group discussion, as well as work in small groups to build a repertoire of supervisory skills and interventions. In addition, the course will provide beginning supervisors with a continuous learning community for consultation, collaboration and collegial support. 

The Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate is designed to help clinicians:  

  • Apply central concepts from psychodynamic, attachment, and learning theory as these influence the supervisory relationship 
  • Recognize the value of the perspective of cultural humility in supervision
  • Identify some effective tools to support the supervisee’s learning and development 
  • Consider the importance of ethical and organizational dimensions of supervision 

Program Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social work or another mental health profession
  • Interest in becoming a supervisor or recently began providing supervision

Program Dates:

The program meets utilizing the Zoom platform every week on Thursdays from 1-3:45 p.m. ET.


Spring 2023 Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, April  13, 20, 27, May 4 and 11. Classes will meet weekly.

Spring 2023

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for the Foundations in Clinical Supervision Certificate is February 1. Apply now.

Tuition and Fees

Application fee: $40 (due with application materials)

Tuition: $1,200* (can be paid in full or in three payments)

Agency discount: Agencies sponsoring three or more students will receive a five percent tuition discount per applicant.


Contact Laurie Herzog, director of the Foundations in Clinical Supervision Certificate, at

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Your application packet must include the following:

  • Application form (available online only)
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee 
  • Current résumé
  • Personal statement (two to three pages) responding to the following:
  1. Describe any previous or current experience  you have in providing supervision as a supervisor (i.e. where did you supervise, the context, who did you supervise, for how long, etc.).
  2. Describe any plans you have to take on supervisory responsibility in the next two years? If so, do you anticipate supervising staff or interns? 
  3. What are your professional and personal reasons for choosing to be a clinical supervisor?

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Online applications MUST be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). All online applications will receive confirmation of receipt by email; if you do not receive confirmation that your application was received (within 48 hours), please contact us

Completion Requirements for Foundations of Clinical Supervision: Psychodynamic Clinical Supervision in a Multicultural Context 

In order to be awarded the Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate, it is the expectation that students attend all scheduled sessions of the program. However, Smith understands that emergencies or unexpected events may interfere with a student attending a particular session or a part of a session. Aside from CE credits, the policy of the SSW Certificate programs is that students who miss significant portions of a seminar or a full session will be required to complete a make-up assignment. Assignments will be devised by the course instructor/certificate director to cover both missed content and learning time. Students who miss more than sessions of the program will not be awarded the Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate.

Earning CE Credits for Participation in Foundations of Clinical Supervision

Smith certificate programs are comprised of a number of different courses often over a number of days. Many courses are standalone sessions but some courses may have two or three sessions. The total number of CE contact hours that a student may earn will be calculated based on the number of hours of fully attended courses. Partial credit may not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of a course. It is the attendees’ responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Please see individual course pages for the CE completion requirements and how the certificate is awarded.

Social Work
  • Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2021-11/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive up to 25 continuing education credits.
  • Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.
Counselors (LMHC/LPC)


  • Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Smith College School for Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SSW Professional Education Policies

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

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