Why You'll Love This Course

With a careful balance of technical discussion, skill-based discussion, confidence-building, and specific examples, this is a content-rich course that both the reluctantly-online supervisor and the enthusiastically-online supervisor will benefit from.

Course Description

Access to psychotherapy is vastly improved through telehealth. The same is true for supervision. However, while therapists moving to telehealth are often digital natives who are very familiar and comfortable with technology, the same is not always true for supervisors, who tend to be both more experienced in therapy and more reluctant to adopt new technologies. 

This course addresses the role of technology in mental health supervision, with the intention of improving supervisors skill and preparedness in supervising online. Topics include assessing preparedness to use technology in supervision, adjusting the supervision contract, available platforms for supervision, Remote Live Supervision, and troubleshooting.

3 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Course Outline

1. How technology is used in supervision

2. Assessing your own preparedness

i. Questions to ask

ii. Ethical obligations

3. Adjusting the supervision contract for online supervision

4. Informed consent for clients

5. Supervision platforms

i. Choosing a platform

ii. Platform options

6. Supervision meetings

i. Setup

ii. Meeting structure

7. Remote Live Supervision (RLS)

8. Troubleshooting

i. Distractions

ii. "The end of the Internet"

iii. We're all good


Included Resources:

  • Presentation slides (PDF)
  • Additional Resources: Remote Live Supervision, Best Practices for Telehealth, and Working across State Lines

Learning Objectives

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

  • Evaluate their own preparedness to conduct supervision online

  • Apply at least four amendments to the supervision contract that are necessary when supervising via technology

  • Select an appropriate supervision platform based on the supervisor’s specific needs

  • Apply at least two techniques for improving supervisee competence in online supervision


Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT

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 is an experienced supervisor in both private practice and nonprofit contexts, and has contributed chapters to books on supervision, including Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Supervision  (2016; Karin Jordan, Editor), and Culturally Sensitive Supervision and Training (2016; Kenneth Hardy and Toby Bobes, Editors).

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 184 minutes. Progress is saved after each lesson section so you can complete the course in multiple sittings. Please note that if you leave the course in the middle of a video, quiz, or survey section you may be required to start that section from the beginning.

Topic Area:


Instructional Level:

Advanced. This course presumes post-graduate training and experience in clinical supervision, and builds upon that post-degree training.

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. The course completion quiz can be retaken multiple times until passed.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course published: May 18, 2020 

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. Click here to contact us or submit a grievance.

Contact Information:

For any inquiries related to subject matter guidance, correction, grading, comments, or problem resolution please contact us.

System Requirements:

Please ensure your device meets our system requirements.

Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 3 hours of continuing education (3 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education credits in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC 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 #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

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.