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Digital Seminar

Clinical Supervision: Proven Tools and Techniques for Success

Robert Taibbi, LCSW
6 Hours 10 Minutes
Jan 16, 2015
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  • 4 most common supervision mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Transform your existing supervisor skill set
  • Set yourself apart from other supervisors by attending this workshop

This workshop is designed to teach you how to think like a supervisor, how to use your clinical skills to challenge and support staff while ensuring quality control. Through role-plays, demonstrations, videos, lecture, and examples, you will learn how to avoid the most common mistakes, deal with the anxious student and the empowered seasoned clinician, and learn the ins and outs of group supervision. You will transform your existing supervisor skill set and set yourself apart from other supervisors by attending this workshop!

You will take away essential components of clinical supervision leadership styles and time management, use of parallel process and groups, ethics and accountability. At the core we’ll walk through the developmental stages of clinical development so you can anticipate and address the challenges and dangers ahead as staff hone their skills.

In an engaging and interactive format (and a touch of humor), you’ll learn clear strategies and specific techniques for being the best supervisor you can be! Whether you are a new supervisor in a helping profession, supervising other supervisors, or wanting to gain a fresh perspective, this program will leave you feeling creative and energized.



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Robert Taibbi, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years of experience primarily in community mental health working with couples and families as a clinician, supervisor and clinical director. Bob is the author of Clinical Supervision: A Four-Stage Process of Growth and Discovery and Clinical Social Work Supervision.

Bob is the author of four other books: Doing Couples Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Work with Intimate Partners; Doing Family Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice, now in its 3rd edition and recently translated into Chinese and Portuguese; Boot Camp Therapy: Action-Oriented Brief Treatment of Anxiety, Anger & Depression, and the forthcoming The Art of the First Session.

Bob is also an online columnist for Psychotherapy Today magazine, has published over 300 magazine and journal articles, and has contributed several book chapters including Favorite Counseling Techniques: 55 Masters Share Their Secrets which cited him among the top 100 therapists in the country. He served as teen advice columnist for Current Health, a contributing editor to Your Health and Fitness, and has received three national writing awards for Best Consumer Health Writing.

Bob is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina, and has served as adjunct professor at several universities. He provides trainings nationally and internationally in the areas of supervision, couple therapy, family therapy, and brief therapy. He is currently in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Speaker Disclosures: 


Financial: Robert Taibbi is in private practice. He receives royalties as an author for The Guilford Press publishers, Pearson publishers, and Norton publishers. He receives compensation for a monthly advice column for Charlottesville Family magazine. Mr. Taibbi receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Robert Taibbi does not receive compensation for his contribution of book chapters. 

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Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  • Identify the characteristics and challenges of the four-stage developmental model of clinical supervision.
  • Identify the four most common supervisory mistakes.
  • Explain the concept of parallel process and how it affects the supervisory and clinical dynamics.
  • Recognize core ethical and liability concerns.
  • Describe various methods of clinical training.
  • Discuss six types of leadership styles.


Core Concepts

  • Challenges of clinical supervision
  • Models of supervision– Clinical, role, developmental
  • Anxiety management, attachment styles, & learning styles
  • Learning problems vs. problems about learning
  • Relationship triangle & guided imagery exercise
  • The Big Six– What to do when you get stuck
  • Parallel process & leadership styles
  • Covey time management– 4 ways of organizing time/tasks

4 Stages of Professional Development: Characteristics, Tasks, & Dangers

  • Stage 1: Supervisor as teacher
  • Stage 2: Supervisor as guide
  • Stage 3: Supervisor as gatekeeper
  • Stage 4: Supervisor a consultant

Assessment of the Clinician & Development of Supervisory Plans

  • Stage of development
  • Clinician skills
  • Supervisory relationship
  • Anxiety coping style

Ethics, Liability, & Recordkeeping

  • Essential ethical guidelines national organizations
  • Liability/legal issues re: records, child abuse & custody, advertising, subpoenas, testimony, licensure
  • Supervision vs. Consultation–
  • Accountability/liability issues

Methods of Clinical Training

  • Group supervision – Types, & processes
  • Challenges of new supervisors
  • Role of students/interns
  • Supervision vs. therapy
  • Experiential techniques– Live observations, co-therapy, & roleplaying
  • Supervisory/clinical documentation, staff evaluations

Management Issues

  • Handling problem employees
  • Effective disciplinary process
  • Hiring & firing guidelines

The 4 Supervisory Mistakes You Never Want to Make

  • Spoon-feeding
  • Focus on client rather than clinician
  • Ignoring parallel process
  • Unclear supervisory goals; unaware of stage of clinician development

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

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