Introduction to Dynamics of Supervision

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Katherine Jungreis, 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.

This class presents an introduction to the core concepts and sensibilities involved in psychodynamic supervision. The dialectics of supervision will be discussed. We will explore what is needed to create a “holding environment” in order to provide both safety and challenge for the supervisee. Aspects of attachment theory and anxiety styles that are relevant to supervision will be examined. The “teach or treat” dilemma will be recognized as a consideration in psychodynamic supervision.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the elements of psychodynamic supervision
  2. Apply psychodynamic principles to a supervisory stance
  3. Recognize the centrality of the relationship to clinical supervision
  4. Identify unconscious processes in the supervisory relationship


Part I: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. ET

  • Essential aspects of a psychodynamic stance as these relate to supervision
  • The dialectics of supervision
  • Consideration in providing a holding environment

Break: 2:15 - 2:25 p.m. ET

Part II: 2:25 - 3:45 p.m. ET

  • Appreciating some unconscious processes in supervision
  • Attachment issues and anxiety styles
  • Teach vs. Treat dilemma
Katherine Jungreis smiles at the camera.

Katherine Jungreis, Ph.D., LICSW

Professional Education Instructor
Katherine Jungreis is a newly-retired professor from Simmons School of Social Work. She taught extensively in the behavior and clinical practice courses as well…
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

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.

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.