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Supervision and Training: Getting Back to the Basics
Friday, September 22, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Supervision and Training: Getting Back to the Basics
1 Supervisory CEU provided
Members: Free | Non-Members: $10  

When taking on a training role with a student or Associate, supervisors can find themselves going back to the basics and deconstructing their own process to be effective with a supervisee. In this webinar, the facilitator and participants will talk about going back to the basics of therapy and supervision. Topics will include considering learning styles, thinking developmentally about supervision roles, and deconstructing therapy concepts and processes, e.g., practicing relationally, self-care, and asking questions.

BONUS! Find and Hire a Good Post-graduate Supervisor

Friday, September 22, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CT

Immediately following the September 22 webinar, a group of panelists (Robyn Flores, LMFT, LPC, NCC, ACS; Leila Anderson, LMFT-S, LCDC; Nkem Chinwah, MS, LMFT-S (AAMFT)) will share their definition of “good supervisor and good supervision." Attendees can bring questions or comments to join the discussion. The objective is to support students and new professionals navigating the post-graduate licensure process. The cost for the panel discussion is FREE for webinar attendees, and no additional CEU will be given.

Note: To attend the panel discussion, you must be present for the webinar at 12 p.m. You'll be given a link to the panel discussion toward the end of the webinar.

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About the Speaker:

John Robbins, Ph.D., LMFT

John Robbins, Ph.D., LMFT, is President of PassageWise, LLC, a training and consulting company focused on guiding healthy and effective professional practices to mental health professionals and companies around the United States. He is also a Core Faculty member for Walden University's Clinical Mental Health Program. John is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, providing clinical supervision for professionals seeking licensure. He has also served as an AAMFT Supervision Course facilitator since 2020. You can find John performing with the improvisational troupe Crowdsourced Comedy all around the Salt Lake City area.


About the Panelists:

Robyn Flores, LMFT, LPC, NCC, ACS

I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor and AAMFT Candidate. I supervise LPC-Candidates and LMFT-Candidates in Colorado and students in Texas. I am a professor for graduate-level Human Sexuality, Psychopharmacology, and Consultation and Supervision courses. I am also a teaching assistant for Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselor Education and Supervision and Neuroanatomy and Behavioral Medicine. I am in the dissertation phase, working toward a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, hopefully by this December. My specialty is relational/sex therapy. neurodivergence and sex intersectionality.

I encourage students and associates to spend some time diligently looking into a prospective supervisor’s credentials, and niche interests in practice, research, and advocacy, and always ask for a dedicated interview in which you bring questions.

Leila Anderson, LMFT-S, LCDC

I'm the Executive Clinical Director of Ava Recovery Center, a dual-diagnosis residential treatment facility. I provide both administrative and clinical supervision there.

I'm a big believer in finding a supervisor who will be honest with you, even when it hurts. I've run across this dynamic where a lot of people have imposter syndrome (believing that they are somehow just faking being therapists). Their supervisors respond with validation or encouragement that they're doing fine and that this is just imposter syndrome. While there's nothing wrong with validation, there may be times when your imposter syndrome is picking up an area that you actually do need to gain some skill in. A truly great supervisor will help you identify those areas where you have a nagging suspicion that you still need growth and will help you plot a course to improve in exactly the way you need to improve. We know that the antidote to shame is vulnerability and courage, not empty encouragement and validation - so find a supervisor you can be vulnerable with, who will push you to grow and be courageous. Find a supervisor who will hear you out and challenge you to become the best therapist you can possibly be at your current level of experience. That's how you'll grow past the imposter syndrome and into a therapist with solid self-esteem and self-efficacy.

Nkem Chinwah, MS, LMFT-S (AAMFT), & Life Coach

I am a person-centered postmodern therapist, so I use Collaborative Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and solution-focused therapy in my work with my clients. I have been fortunate to have great and terrible supervisors in my professional journey. My thoughts about what to consider in a supervisor are - think about it like a long-term relationship and ask yourself:

  • Do I want to/see myself talking with and seeing this person every week for the next 18 months?
  • Are they kind?
  • Do they care about me and my holistic goals and growth?
  • Are they knowledgeable?
  • Will they challenge me to achieve and exceed my goals?