Why you'll love this course

This course goes beyond the mechanics of supervision -- the contract, the tasks, and the troubleshooting, all of which are included here -- and into why you supervise in the first place. Ben Caldwell encourages supervisors to view their role as one that includes much more than teaching clinical skills and monitoring progress. The role of the supervisor is to motivate, inspire, and instill hope. This course doesn’t just show you how to do supervision -- it shows you how to create a good clinician.

Video Thumbnail

Course description

Supervision is the cornerstone of the apprenticeship model that has been used to craft new mental health professionals for more than 100 years. For new supervisors, the task can be overwhelming. In this course, we review what it takes to supervise well: The work, and the ways of being. Topics include the role of the supervisor, legal and ethical responsibilities of supervisors, models of supervision, troubleshooting (including addressing unethical or incompetent supervisees), the supervision contract, and supervision tasks.

6 Hours CE. Video Format.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three key components of supervision that produce more effective supervisees

  • Implement a strategy to fulfill at least five key legal and ethical responsibilities for supervisors

  • Develop clear and effective supervision plans

  • Develop remediation plans for struggling supervisees

Course outline

  1. Introduction
  2. What does it mean to be a good supervisor
  3. The nature of the supervision relationship
  4. Ethical and legal responsibilities
  5. Measurement and evaluation
  6. Troubleshooting
  7. Crisis and safety issues
  8. Supervision resources
  9. Supervision models
  10. Supervision styles
  11. Addressing areas of difference
  12. Supervision plan
  13. Context of supervision
  14. Difficult conversation
  15. Closing


Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. He has taught at the graduate level for more than 15 years, primarily in Law and Ethics, and has written and trained extensively on ethical applications in mental health care. In addition to serving a three-year term on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Caldwell served as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California for 10 years. He served as Editor for the Users Guide to the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics and is the author of several books, including Saving Psychotherapy and Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.

Dr. Caldwell has been supervising master’s-level therapists since 2008, working in both clinic and private-practice settings. He contributed chapters to Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Supervision and Culturally Sensitive Supervision and Training.

Additional information

Format & Length:

Video format; Total running time 6 hours, 7 minutes

Topic Area: 

Clinical Practice (Supervision)

Instructional level:

Intermediate. This course is designed for those with significant clinical experience who may be new to the supervisory role and relationship.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend: 

Counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Enrollment Period:

Because of the extended length of this course, your purchase grants access to all course materials for 90 days.

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

Click here to see our policies on attendance, refunds, grievances, and accessibility, and other frequently asked questions

NAADAC Approval Status:

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses