How to Become a Supervisor

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year; we will contact you when the next round of interviews has been scheduled. Download Application Packet.

The Supervisors’ Selection Committee at The Psychotherapy Institute will review, and contact you with specific information about the interview. Interviews are held with two members of the committee and last for approximately 45 minutes.

  1. Criteria for Applying
  2. Areas of Clinical Expertise
  3. Value on Sociocultural Processes
  4. Team Approach
  5. How Do I Apply?

Criteria for Applying

  • 5 years post-licensure; and valid, current California State license.
  • Supervisory Experience (either A or B)
    • A) Psychodynamic Supervisory Experience.
      • 200 hours experience supervising a minimum of 3 supervisees who are conducting therapy that uses psychodynamic concepts. Each of these 3 supervisory relationships lasted at least 9 months’ duration, and include adult cases.
      • An additional 100 hours of experience supervising, teaching, conducting group supervision, or administrative supervisory experience.
    • B) If you have significant experience supervising clinical work with any of these populations:
      • Youth (ages 14-18)
      • Communities of Color
      • Substance Abuse/Addiction
      • Community Mental Health Clients
  • Significant experience in applying psychodynamic theory to clinical practice;
  • 100 hours of clinical supervision;
  • 200 hours of clinical, supervisory, teaching, or management experience working with one or more of the above populations.
  • Previous or current experience in one’s own personal therapy.
  • Willingness to participate in at least one TPI activity in addition to direct supervision (such as joining a committee; a peer consultation group; attending the Annual Meeting, or the Supervisors’ Colloquium, etc.).
  • All supervisors are required to maintain annual membership with TPI.

Areas of Clinical Expertise

We are particularly seeking those with the following areas of experience & expertise:

  • Supervising adolescent cases (TPI partners with a community-based organization called College Track to provide mental health services to high-school age teens).
  • Supervising cases from diverse populations, in particular, people of color.
  • Supervising in groups.

Value on Sociocultural Processes

Close attention to sociocultural issues and processes in supervision is an important aspect of TPI’s approach to supervision. Supervising with an eye toward the complexity of human diversity is of course challenging, and goes beyond simply acknowledging that some people are marginalized and underserved. Many factors are relevant to how individuals develop emotionally and psychologically, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spiritual orientation, class, privilege and economic power, and historical and institutional forms of oppression. As such, TPI supervisors play a central role in helping supervisees think about these issues clinically, and as they pertain to the supervisory dyad. TPI periodically offers trainings on this important issue, and supervisors are encouraged to attend.

Team Approach

Each Staff Therapist (student in the Post-Graduate Training Program) has a Primary, a Secondary, and a Group Supervisor. If the caseload warrants it, a Tertiary Supervisor is added. Each individual Supervisor provides 1 hour of weekly supervision. These Supervisors make up the team, which also includes the Staff Therapist and the Associate Director.

Click here to learn more about TPI’s team approach to supervision.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in supervising at TPI and meet the criteria above, email the Supervisors' Committee:

or call Jennifer Khaw, Clinical Director at TPI: 510-548-2250, ext. 3.