Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate
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.
Application Deadline: April 15
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 15.
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
Term I at Smith College: July 20-24, 2020
Term II Monthly Video Case Conferences: September, 2020- April, 2021
Term III at Smith College: July 26-30, 2021
Classes are held 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Application deadline: April 15
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
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.
Between the two academic sessions, participants will be expected to apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities. Students will receive consultation on their work through monthly live video case conferences.
Morning classes offer a conceptual framework for adult learning and clinical supervision followed by an afternoon of small case-based integrative seminars, which allow for in-depth application of concepts, and consideration of unique challenges in supervision. Between the two academic sessions, students apply theory and knowledge to their current work in live monthly video case conferences. The structure of the program offers a total of 13 months of training in clinical supervision.
Conceptualization of Supervision
In this series of sessions, students will review theories that shape supervision and clinical practice. Current learning theory by scholars such as Vygotsky and Bruner, developmental models of learning in social work, adult learning theory and differences in learning styles will be discussed as they affect the process of supervision. Theories informing current models of clinical practice will be reviewed as a means of assisting supervisors in reconceptualizing their own practice, a necessary step in the effective supervision of others.
Crucial Issues in Supervision
In this series of sessions, students will consider the ethical and legal issues in the supervisory relationship and the requirements of both the profession and the agency. The impact of the context in which supervision is provided, both macro (social, political, economic) and micro (agency), will be discussed. Finally, the instructor will discuss with participants professional leadership opportunities in clinical supervision through scholarly contributions and research.
Dynamic Processes and the Supervisory Relationship
Students will expand their understanding of the central dynamic processes in supervision including: self-awareness/self-reflection; parallel process; transference/countertransference; internalization; dealing with affect; and the management of ambiguity. Additionally, the supervisory relationship itself will be evaluated for the differential use of self, management of diversity and the different roles possible in supervision (i.e., modeling, teaching, etc.). Significant attention will be focused on issues of difference between the client and worker, between the supervisor and supervisee, and or between the supervisor and client. Lastly in this series of sessions, participants will look at the impact of the issues of power/authority and boundaries.
Case-Based Integrative Seminars
Case-based seminars constitute a core of the certificate program and are offered each afternoon throughout both sessions. The seminars will respond to the specific learning needs of students. Participants will be broken into smaller groups based on their primary supervisory roles. Discussion will center on cases brought in for discussion by participants.
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.
Catherine A.Clancy, Ph.D., LCSW
Catherine Clancy, Ph.D., LCSW, received her M.S.W. from the University of Houston Graduate School Of Social Work, and her Ph.D. in Allied Health Education from Texas A & M University. She was the Social Work Training Director at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Houston, Texas, until her retirement in 2012. She is currently in private practice in Houston, providing clinical supervision; individual, group, and marital therapy; and professional consultation. She provides board-approved training for LCSW supervisors in Texas and continues to develop and present educational programming for lay and professional audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her areas of special interest are clinical ethics and supervision.
She served as the first Chair of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. She was the Co-Chair of the Association of Social Work Boards Examination Committee She has worked as an administrator, clinician and educator, both in the VA and the private health care sector. She has been a member of the boards of several community organizations that deal with homelessness and the needs of women on parole.
Kris Evans, M.S.S.W., LICSW
Kris Evans is the Associate Director of Counseling Services at Smith College and Adjunct Professor in the Smith School for Social Work. She has a breadth of experience as a clinician, supervisor, and clinical educator. Kris’s approach to psychotherapy is informed by contemporary psychodynamic and trauma theories within a social justice frame. Kris’s clinical and research interests include helping those who have experienced relational and structural trauma and working with gender and sexuality identity.
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.
Katherine Jungreis, Ph.D., LICSW
Katherine Jungreis is a clinical associate professor at Simmons School of Social Work teaching human behavior and clinical practice courses and electives in psychodynamic therapy, and working with severe mental illness.She is coordinator of adjunct faculty and lead for the assessment and diagnosis course. Prior to becoming full-time faculty seven years ago, she was an adjunct lecturer for 23 years.
After receiving her Master's degree at Smith 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. During that period she 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 South Shore Mental Health Center, clinical consultation to several residential programs and 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 Certificate Program for Advanced Clinical Supervision at the Smith School for Social Work.
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.
Catherine Nye, Ph.D.
Catherine Nye is a Professor Emerita of the Smith College School for Social Work. She has published on the processes of learning and development in supervision, and has worked and done research internationally. Nye received two Fulbright Senior Scholar awards to support her work in Southeast Asia. She was involved in research and collaboration with social workers in northern Thailand, where she established and advised field internships for Smith M.S.W. students, and she trained social work supervisors at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. She also taught supervision to Greek and Turkish psychologists in Cyprus.
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.
Stephanie Washington, Ed.D., LCSW-S
Stephanie Washington is a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. She is currently an adjunct instructor with Stephen F. Austin State University. Recently retired as a school social worker after 23 years, Stephanie maintains an independent practice as a clinical supervisor and regularly provides social work consultation which includes professional development and supervision of clinical staff to local non-profit agencies. She has helped to shape clinical policy and procedures for Memorial Assistance Ministry, and through a Hogg Foundation Grant has developed a Peer Wellness Curriculum for Transition-aged Youth for the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department.
Stephanie strongly believes in giving back to the profession through presenting at local and state conferences and developing trainings for schools and the community. She also recently completed a volunteer rotation with the Association of Social Work Boards Exam Committee in item development which allows her to interact with social workers from many communities. As both Exam Committee Member and Co-chair, she was able to see the evolving roles of social workers as well as help to shape the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities for these roles.
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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).
On campus housing is available in the dormitories.
Rooms cost $85 per night; this includes all meals, which are eaten in the main dining hall of the M.S.W. and Ph.D. program.
All rooms are single occupancy and contain a twin size bed, a dresser, a desk and chair, and a small bookcase. Bed linens (sheets, blanket and a pillow) will be provided. Bathrooms (one per floor) are communal. Although small towels and bars of soap are stocked in the bathrooms for your use, we encourage you to bring your own bath towels. No pets are allowed inside any of the College buildings, unless they are a trained, assisting animal and approved by the Office of Disability Services. Please contact the Housing Coordinator directly [413-585-7979; firstname.lastname@example.org] if you have any special medical/disability needs, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Rooms are NOT air-conditioned but each room will have a fan.
Reservations for on-campus housing must be received no later than July 8.
We cannot guarantee room availability after that date.
Smith College Field Supervisor Discount
A very limited number of endowed positions are available to field supervisors of Smith SSW students. Please contact the Professional Education Office at email@example.com 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.
The Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate carries 62 CEs for social workers.
The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state.
Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.