Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate
Clinical supervision is central to our work. This formative, multidimensional relationship shapes our clinical stance, and exerts profound influence on our professional identity development. Excellent supervision ensures a high level of clinical practice for our clients yet we often arrive in supervisory positions with little formal training or agency support.
Within a collegial learning community, we introduce you to a conceptual framework that synthesizes relational psychodynamic theory, learning theories and cultural awareness; we then support you in applying this perspective to your own supervisory practice.
The Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate is designed to help clinicians:
- Conceptualize supervision using multiple theoretical perspectives: psychodynamic, attachment, adult learning theories, critical race theory, social justice frameworks
- Consider supervisee’s individual learning needs through the lens of cultural humility, understanding the ubiquitous influences of power, social identity and oppression on the work of clinical supervision
- Build in-depth supervisory skills, and develop a range of interventions, grounded in a rich conceptual framework
- Enhance use of self, and self reflection, in the supervisory relationship
- Develop the capacity to adapt supervisory practice within current practice contexts
- Understand the influence of your organizational culture, the role of technology and health policy on supervision
- Explore the critical ethical dimensions of supervision
Program Dates for 22-23 class:Term I at Smith College: July 11-16, 2022 (with the potential to move online this summer due to COVID)
Term II Monthly Video Case Conferences: September 2022- May 2023
Term III at Smith College: July 24-28, 2023
Application Deadline: April 1
CEs: Up to 52 CEs available.
Program Dates for incoming 23-24 class:Term I at Smith College: July 17-21, 2023 (with the potential to move online this summer due to COVID)
Term II Monthly Video Case Conferences: September 2023- May 2024
Term III at Smith College: July 22-26, 2024
Application Deadline: April 1
CEs: Up to 52 CEs available.
What our participants are saying:"This program surpassed all I could have hoped for! Beyond providing information and support, it was inspiring, motivating, and has led to ongoing friendships."
"This course gave me so much to draw upon in my clinical supervision of others, I find it has already enhanced my work and I look forward to continuing to apply these concepts throughout my career!"
"The clinical supervision certificate program enhanced my education and personal development as a leader and clinician. It was more than I expected in a good way."
"This truly helped me to learn to 'be' the supervisor, rather than just talking about 'how to do' supervision."
Your application packet must include the following:
- Application form (available online only)
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- Current résumé
- Personal statement (two to three pages) responding to the following:
- Describe your experience as a supervisor (i.e. where did you supervise, the context, who did you supervise, for how long, etc.).
- What are your professional and personal reasons for choosing to be a clinical supervisor?
- What do you hope to gain from this certificate program?
- Two letters of reference (current supervisor and professional colleague; if not currently employed, most recent supervisor)
Application materials must be received no later than April 1.
Online applications MUST be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). All online applications will receive confirmation of receipt by email; if you do not receive confirmation that your application was received (within 48 hours), please contact us.
- Master’s degree in social work or another mental health profession
- Three years of supervisory experience in a clinical setting
- 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. Although the plan for 2022 is to meet in person on the Smith College campus, if necessary due to concerns about COVID-19, the coursework will be conducted online. 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.
Term I: July 17-21, 2023
- Dynamic Processes and the Supervisory Relationship
Instructor: Laurie Herzog, Ph.D.
- Teaching and Learning in Supervision
Instructor: Ronjonette O’Bannon , Ph.D., LCSW
- Integrative Seminar
Group A – Katelin Lewis-Kulin, LICSW
Group B – Tanya Greathouse, Ph.D.
Term III: July 24-28, 2022
- Dynamic Processes and the Supervisory Relationship II
Instructor: Tanya Greathouse, Ph.D.
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision
Instructor: Cathleen Morey, PhD, LICSW
- Integrative Seminar
Group A – Katelin Lewis-Kulin, LICSW
Group B – Susan Bliss, Ph.D., LCSW
- Supervision and the Organizational Context
Instructor: Delores Hendrix-Giles, LCSW, CGP
Laurie E. Herzog, Ph.D.
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.D. (1997) from Smith SSW. She began her career working in community mental health with young children and families, and later worked with adolescents and adults. Herzog currently maintains a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition to providing psychotherapy services, she offers clinical consultation and supervision to doctoral candidates and to professional colleagues. For more than 20 years, Herzog has been a faculty field adviser and an adjunct professor at the Smith College School for Social Work, teaching in the Practice and Human Behavior in the Social Environment sequences, as well as in the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate. Herzog has also taught on the faculty of the Postgraduate Fellowship Program–West of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Susan Bliss, Ph.D., LCSW
Susan Bliss, Ph.D., LCSW, received her B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster,Pennsylvania, and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work. She has worked as a Director of Counseling of a therapeutic boarding school, supervisor of a child and adolescent social service agency and is currently the student support coordinator for New Canaan Public Schools. Previously, Bliss was an associate professor at Molloy College and taught in the Fordham University/Molloy College Collaborative Social Work Program She has taught courses in Clinical Practice, Supervision, Research, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment. She has presented nationally, and has published on a range of subjects including clinical practice with juvenile offenders, adolescents who self-harm, and people with Borderline Personality Disorder. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Social Work Practice, Smith College Studies in Social Work, and the Clinical Social Work Journal.
Tanya Greathouse, Ph.D., LCSW
Tanya Greathouse, Ph.D., LCSW is an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and adjunct faculty at Smith College Social for Social Work (1995-present). She is co-principal investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration grant to develop the workforce of practitioners working in integrative care settings that support transitional age youth. Her research interests include promoting multicultural awareness in supervisory relationships, creating culturally responsive integrative health interprofessional teams, mitigating workforce vicarious trauma and developing multicultural organizational inclusivity.
Delores Hendrix-Giles, LCSW, BCD, CGP
Delores Hendrix-Giles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work alumna with 17 years of professional practice experience. She is currently the training director for social work service at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC where she is responsible for the internship program, the clinical supervision program, and oversight of the staff development and continuing education needs of more than 200 social workers.
Ms. Hendrix-Giles has presented locally and nationally for conferences, panel discussions and poster presentations. Over the years, she’s trained staff and consumers in recovery-oriented mental health treatment, motivational interviewing, social skills, communication skills, cultural diversity, clinical supervision, procedures for involuntary mental health services (commitment) and various topics related to the practice of social work.
Her private endeavors include clinical supervision and professional workshops, including marriage enrichment, communication skills development, and other emotional and behavioral enhancement trainings to facilitate improved well-being and relationships. She has been appointed chair of the National Social Work Graduate Education Committee for Veterans Affairs.
Katherine Jungreis, Ph.D., LICSW
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 as electives in psychodynamic therapy and working with severe mental illness. She was coordinator of adjunct faculty and lead for the assessment and diagnosis course.
After receiving her master's degree at Smith College School for Social Work in 1978, Jungreis worked for almost 20 years in community mental health in the Boston area with adults, families, groups and emergency services. She received her Ph.D. in clinical social work from Simmons School of Social Work in 1993. Over the course of her 40 plus year career, Jungreis has supervised numerous students from various social work schools as well as staff. Additional opportunities to provide clinical consultations have been to the Federal Government EAP staff, Harvard University Human Resources, staff at several mental health centers and residential programs. Much of her private practice is devoted to clinical consultation.
Jungreis has given presentations on relational aspects of social work supervision and attending to theory in clinical supervision. She has tremendously enjoyed teaching the integrative seminar in the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program at the Smith School for Social Work.
Katelin Lewis-Kulin, M.S.W.
Katelin Lewis-Kulin received her M.S.W from Smith College School for Social Work in 2000 and completed the two-year Post-Graduate Psychodynamic Training Program at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2005. She has worked as a clinical social worker and supervisor in a variety of settings including emergency department diversion, outpatient, inpatient, LGBTQ mental health and private practice all in the Bay Area. She served as the program director for Mills Peninsula Hospital's Adult Outpatient Services for nine years before joining SSW's Field Department first as the associate director and then field education director. She currently maintains a private practice and loves her work as an MSW faculty field adviser where she consults with supervisory dyads in agencies across the country.
Lourdes Mattei, Ph.D.
Lourdes Mattei, is an associate professor of clinical/psychoanalytic psychology at Hampshire College. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
She has worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings such as academia, community mental health, private practice and the theater. Her interests include psychoanalytic theory and practice, and psychology and culture.
Cathleen Morey, Ph.D., LICSW
Cathleen Morey, Ph.D., LICSW is the director of clinical social work at the Austen Riggs Center. Morey has over 20 years of clinical social work practice experience in various mental health settings, including hospital and residential programs, community mental health agencies and forensic settings. She earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D from Smith College School for Social Work. Her scholarship, research and teaching are focused in the areas of system enactments, interdisciplinary treatment teams, family therapy, ethics in social work supervision and clinical social work practice and education. She has presented on these topics at national and international conferences. Morey is an adjunct assistant professor at the Smith College School for Social Work and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She maintains a private practice in Stockbridge, MA focusing on psychotherapy and consultation. She is also a faculty field advisor and clinical supervisor for social work doctoral candidates. Morey is an international social work volunteer with the non-profit organization International Social Work Solutions.
Ronjonette O’Bannon, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Ronjonette O’Bannon imparts over twenty years of clinical social work practice experience with her students, teaching as a seminar instructor at Smith College, an Assistant Professor at the University of North Alabama, Social Work Department, and operates an online private practice in Atlanta, GA. O’Bannon’s interests include the reciprocal relationship between childhood maltreatment, adult revictimization, criminal justice reforms for women; mental health effects of discrimination and stigma among marginalized groups; and creating interventions that support global socio-economic growth and development.
Dr. O’Bannon earned a Ph.D. in social work at Smith College, an MSW from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a postgraduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Clinical Care at SUNY Buffalo. Her professional experience includes many years advocating for policy changes for juvenile offenders and destigmatizing mental health care for women of color.
Lynn Rosenfield, M.S.W., Ph. D., LCSW
Lynn Rosenfield received her Ph.D. from the Sanville Institute in June 2017, her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in 1976, and has completed a certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where she lives. She has been in private practice since 1983, providing psychotherapy, divorce mediation services, consultation and supervision. She is also an FFA (faculty/field adviser) for Smith social work students who are placed in L.A., and she co-facilitates their monthly integrative seminar. Earlier in her career, she organized a runaway house for homeless youth and worked with both the adolescents and their families. She was a staff clinical social worker at The Child Guidance Clinic in Springfield, Mass., and was the director of a branch office of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. For 10 years, she volunteered as a clinical supervisor for Psychotherapy Services, a low-fee treatment program that is under the aegis of The Sanville Institute. The therapy is provided by M.S.W.'s who volunteer their services in exchange for hours toward their license.
Nichole Wofford, Ph.D., LICSW, LMFT
Nichole Wofford is an assistant professor of Social Work at Westfield State University in Massachusetts, where she teaches advanced adult and family clinical social work courses, as well as the courses on diversity and social justice, social welfare policy analysis, and school social work. In 2019, Wofford co-facilitated a pedagogy & diversity seminar for faculty at the Smith College School for Social Work and in 2018, served as a Sotomayor Fellow – providing consultation to students, faculty and administrators around issues of race and racism in the classroom and within the institution. Wofford’s research has included exploration of incoming social work graduate students' knowledge and understanding of mental health diagnoses, utilizing an object relations theoretical approach to cultivate school settings as holding environments for queer and trans youth, and conducted an exploratory study that explored ways schools can promote queer and trans-identified adolescents' help-seeking behaviors in school settings. Wofford’s doctoral dissertation is entitled, "Factors Associated with LGBTQ Adolescent's Seeking Mental Health Services in School Settings." As a licensed clinician in California and Massachusetts, Wofford has provided consultation to school districts about student mental health, suicide risk assessment and prevention and she has provided consultation to community-based organizations on issues of race, equity, and inclusion. Wofford worked in outpatient adult and adolescent community mental health settings and managed a children's outpatient mental health treatment facility, oversaw district-wide mental health service delivery for K-12 students, and currently provides clinical consultation, supervision and training on mental health. Wofford specializes in working clinically with the intersectional identities of QTPOC individuals. Wofford has maintained a small private practice providing therapy, clinical supervision and organizational consultation for over 20 years and believes that through self and community preservation efforts - healing, transformation and equity are attainable goals.
Application fee: $40 (due with application materials)
Tuition deposit: $300 (due with acceptance to confirm enrollment; the deposit is credited to the full tuition bill)
Materials fee: $40
*Tuition can be paid in full or in two payments (half before the first session and half before the second session).
Smith College Field Supervisor Discount
A very limited number of endowed positions are available to field supervisors of Smith SSW students. Please contact Professional Education if you are interested in receiving this subsidy, and complete the scholarship application online.
Agencies sponsoring three or more students will receive a five percent tuition discount per applicant.
The $40 application fee and the $300 tuition deposit are nonrefundable. Because program decisions are based on class size, refunds of tuition deposits cannot be considered.
The Smith College School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any program which is undersubscribed. In the case of cancellation, all tuition fees paid will be reimbursed in full. The School also reserves the right to modify certificate content as appropriate.
Earning CE Credits for Participation in Post-Graduate Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care or Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision
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.
- For in-person seminars, you must attend the entirety of the seminar to earn a CE certificate. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the seminar. For live, in-person seminars, participants must sign in and out of the session and complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. 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.
- For webinars (referred to as live interactive webinar by ASWB) are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Upon completing the webinar evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate within 30 days of webinar completion. Participants should save and/or print the certificate upon receipt for their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.
- For virtual seminars, (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual 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 attendance and completion of the evaluation.
Completion Requirement to earn a Post-Graduate Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care or Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision
In general, 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 10% of the total course hours will not be eligible to earn a certification of completion. For the End of Life Care this constitutes missing 5.7 hours. For the Supervision Certificate this constitutes missing 6 hours.
Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for Certificates
Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Please check individual course pages for individual course approval. Social workers completing this certificate program receive up to 52 continuing education credits.
Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.