Remote Clinical Supervision During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded Webinar
Instructors:  Allison Abrams, LCSW-R and Liat Shklarski, Ph.D., LCSW
CEs: 1.5 CEs 
Level: Introductory
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers.
Course Delivery Method and Format: Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Date of original webinar: February 25, 2021, noon - 1:30 p.m. ET

The supervisor-supervisee relationship is a complex and rewarding endeavor both for the supervisor and the supervisee and yet this area is often neglected in literature and in the education and training of supervisors and clinicians. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in early 2020, we were forced to shift our practices (and supervision) from face-to-face to remote. Not only were we forced to change the frame and reconsider our work with patients, but we also had to do the same with our supervisors. In this webinar, we will present the results of a mixed-methods study about effective remote supervision during this transition period. In addition, we will present some of the most important mediating variables for culturally competent supervision based on empirical evidence, as well as ways to incorporate social justice into clinical supervision.

This webinar will provide insight into the elements integral to building an effective supervisory relationship when it is conducted remotely. It is applicable to professionals across all mental health disciplines, theoretical orientations and career stages. In addition, Abrams and Shklarski will present up-to-date approaches to supervision, including best practices when supervision is conducted remotely. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify up to date approaches to supervision when it is conducted remotely.
  2. List steps to developing a positive supervisory working alliance
  3. Describe contributing factors to effective supervision when it is conducted remotely during and post-COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Define effective supervision across disciplines, different theoretical orientations, remotely and during a global pandemic.


  • Introduction to clinical supervision.
  • Contributing factors to effective clinical supervision, specifically from the supervisee’s perspective.
  • Steps to developing a positive supervisory working alliance
  • What is culturally competent clinical supervision and how do we implement it?
  • Remote Clinical supervision during the COVID-19 pandemic and future developments
  • Q&A

About the Instructor:

Allison Abrams is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. She trained at the Contemporary Freudian Society and the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, which is affiliated with NYU Medical School. She is a contributing writer for several publications, including Psychology Today, GoodTherapy and VeryWellMind.

Liat Shklarski is an assistant professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey, School of Social Science and Human Services, department of Social Work, and an adjunct professor at Smith College School for Social Work. Her academic research focuses on effective clinical supervision. She is a graduate of the Contemporary
Freudian Society psychodynamic psychotherapy training program. Liat is a licensed clinical social worker with a private  psychotherapy practice. She works with individuals, couples, and youth with a history of trauma.

Completion Requirements for Recorded Webinars and Online Courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation, successfully passing the post test and submitting the attestation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for This Course

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.


Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period:11/19/2021-11/19/2024 . Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 clinical 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. 

NY State

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.

Not Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)

Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. This program does NOT qualify for NBCC ACEP approval.