Tools for Teaching in Supervision

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Ronjonette O'Bannon, M.S.W., Ph.D. 
Level: Intermediate 
CE/Contact Hours: 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 session will provide an opportunity to apply the concepts of ZPD and scaffolding to the nuts and bolts of evaluation and feedback in psychodynamic supervision. It will address the collaborative development of learning contracts, the teaching of case formulation and will introduce ideas for teaching through process recordings. This course will explore the importance of effective evaluation and the provision of effective constructive feedback. Throughout the course, we will explore how culture and the dynamics of power influence the teaching and learning process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the difference between andragogy and pedagogy
  2. Identify the characteristics of adult learners
  3. Determine the six factors that serve as a source of motivation for adult learners
  4. Discuss the critical learning strategies for evaluation and assessment
  5. Explain the use of these teaching tools in supervision: learning contracts, constructive feedback, instruction in case formulation and use of process recordings


Part I: 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET

  • The importance of providing assessment and evaluation, including the challenges for the supervisor in providing constructive criticism
  • Techniques and the role of empathy in feedback and evaluation 
  • The  dynamics of power in supervisory relationships 
  • The ZPD as it relates to the construction of  learning contracts. 

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

Part II: 2:25 - 3:45 p.m. ET

  • Supervisory commentary in process recording 
  • Discussion and summation  
Portrait of Ronjonette O'Bannon wearing a black top and a necklace.

Ronjonette O’Bannon, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW

Practicum Seminar Instructor | Professional Education Instructor
Ronjonette O'Bannon Ph.D., LCSW is the Dean of Campus Wellness and Strategic Initiatives at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She previously served as the…
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.