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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.

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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. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).

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  

Included Resources:

  • Workbook: Supervision
  • Books on 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 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 and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 6 hours, 7 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: 

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. 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: 

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

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: August 09, 2019 

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:

This course is not part of our APA-approved continuing education program for psychologists at this time.

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 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 6 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 6 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.