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Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate

About the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate

Why Get Certified in Advanced Clinical Supervision?

Changes in the context of practice have diminished support for supervisors, while intensifying the demands they face. Further, managed care and budget cuts have eliminated many supervisory positions, as well as training for the supervisors who remain. At the same time, many licensing boards across the country require weekly supervision for social workers who provide clinical services.

Advanced Clinical Supervision Learning Outcomes

Certificate coursework provides a comprehensive theoretical framework and relational approach to supervisory practice. The program is designed to help clinicians:

  • conceptualize clinical practice by using multiple theoretical frameworks in the context of the supervisory relationship.
  • understand and achieve in-depth supervisory skills.
  • enhance use of self in the supervisory relationship.
  • develop the capacity to adapt supervisory skills within the current context of practice.

Who Should Apply?

The Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program requires a minimum of a master’s degree in social work or another mental health profession and three years of supervisory experience in a clinical setting is required. Applicants must be currently providing supervision to either staff, students or on a consultation basis to agencies or others in private practice.


The program consists of two week-long academic sessions of intensive coursework in July at the Smith College School for Social Work. The content of the courses is both didactic and focused on student case materials. Between the two academic sessions, students apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities.

They also receive consultation on their work through monthly live video case conferences. These discussions focus on student case submissions and are also opportunities for advisers to respond to participants’ issues and concerns about supervision.

The unique design of the curriculum makes the program accessible to those currently supervising clinical staff or students and to those providing supervision on a consultative basis to agencies and or to clinicians in private practice.

Program Dates

Term I for first year students: July 20-24, 2020, Term III: July 26-30, 2021

Term III for second year students: July 27-31, 2020

Classes are held 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Application deadline: April 1

Continuing Education Credits

The Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate carries 62 continuing education credits.


This program is wheelchair accessible. For disability access information or accommodations requests, please call 413-585-4198. To request a sign language interpreter, call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY) or email at least 10 days before the event.


Contact Laurie Herzog, director of the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate, at