19MH046 - Clinical Supervision: A Relational Approach

Jun 21, 2019 Closed Mental Health

19MH046 - Clinical Supervision: A Relational Approach


Research has consistently highlighted the importance of the therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy and, therefore, it is crucial that clinical supervision explore these key relationship aspects. Often, supervision becomes focused on techniques and interventions in the client/therapist relationship and the alliance is taken as a given. One of the best ways a clinical supervisor can teach the importance of relationship and alliance is to model and explore key aspects of relationship in the supervisory dyad.

This workshop will present a relational approach to supervision that discusses support for the supervisee, promoting safety in the relationship, exploration of countertransference, and parallel process. The workshop will also explore the line between personal therapy and supervision and the ethical implications of delving into supervisee countertransference. Numerous case examples will be used throughout the workshop to illustrate key points.

This presenter is supported through the partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work and the NC AHEC Program.

Target Audience

This program is appropriate for mental health professionals who want to deepen their skills in providing clinical supervision. This includes social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse professionals, and others interested in this topic.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify barriers to supervisee disclosure and strategies to promote safety in the supervisory relationship
  • Describe the difference between administrative, supportive and educational supervision and the basics of providing good clinical supervision
  • Explain parallel process in the supervisory relationship and how to use it to improve client outcomes
  • Articulate a basic understanding of the Common Factors research and of attachment styles
  • List the ethical issues involved in exploring supervisee countertransference and how to broach personal issues in supervision without crossing the line into personal therapy


  • Marilyn A. Ghezzi, MSW, LCSW


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