Conceptualizing the Supervisory Relationship and The Work of Supervision

Live Interactive Webinar
Instructor: Laurie Herzog, M.S.W., Ph.D. LICSW 
Level: Intermediate 
CEs: 2.5
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers who are thinking of becoming supervisors or recently have started providing supervision.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion and small group activities. Instructor will use chat and verbal discussions for Q and A as well as break out rooms. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants in January at the start of the program.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

Why is supervision important and influential? This session introduces participants to the central domains and functions of clinical supervision and important defining values for the supervision relationship.  We will explore and conceptualize the centrality of the relationship in supervision, its importance in establishing a learning alliance and in building capacity for the supervisee. An additional focus will be on attending to expectations and identities we bring to the relationship and the idea of supervision as inescapably a cultural experience.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the multiple roles and functions of the supervisory relationship 
  2. Describe central elements of a psychodynamic supervisory sensibility
  3. Explain the continuum of more classical and more relational approaches to the supervisory stance 
  4. Define the concepts of cultural sensitivity and cultural humility
  5. Explain the value of cultural sensitivity and cultural humility in supervisory discussion


Part I: 1:00-2:20 p.m. ET

  • Opening orientation and introduction 
  • Domains of psychodynamic relational supervision
  • Requirements and tensions of the supervisory alliance
  • The continuum of a classical and more relational approaches to supervision

Break: 2:20 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Part II: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. ET

  • The ubiquitous impact of culture and social identity on the supervisory relationship  
Portrait of Laurie Herzog wearing a black and grey top and glasses.

Laurie Herzog, M.S.W. '85, Ph.D. '97

Adjunct Professor | Practicum Faculty Adviser | Practicum Seminar Instructor | Director of the Advanced Clinical Supervision and Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificates
Laurie Herzog is the director of the Advanced Clinical Supervision program at the Smith College School for Social Work. She earned her M.S.W. (1985) and her Ph…
Completion Requirements

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 two sessions of the program will not be awarded the Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate.

Earning CE Credits

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How will a certificate be awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the in-person seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on completion of the evaluation and signing in and out of the seminar.