Program Details

Training begins in October and goes for the next 12 months.  Participants receive individual weekly consultation from senior clinicians who have closely studied and applied the supervision process.  Additionally, there is a monthly Saturday Seminar (generally on the second Saturday of each month) and a twice a month small group consultation on the first and third Tuesday of the month, from  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. This year the small group consultation group is led by Rainbow Schwartz, LMFT.  The consultation group will study the literature and share supervisory experiences, to better understand the complex relationships between consultant and supervisor, supervisor and supervisee, and supervisee and patient.

Who should apply?

  • Therapists who wish to learn about supervision, sharpen their teaching skills, or develop a better understanding of the process of teaching psychotherapy
  • Therapists interested in making the passage to a more advanced level of practice as teachers and mentors
  • Therapists in positions of authority who want to become more effective in a leadership role
  • Supervisors working in community agencies who are needing more support, and are interested in deepening their knowledge of supervision and sharpening their skills.  


  • Applicants who are LMFT’s and LCSW’s, in accordance with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, must have been licensed to practice psychotherapy/counseling independently for a minimum of two years (as of October 1st, when the SSP begins).
  • Applicants who are Licensed Psychologists, in accordance with the Board of Psychology, must have been licensed to practice psychotherapy/counseling independently for a minimum of one year (as of October 1st, when the SSP begins).
  • Applicants must be supervising or consulting at the time they enter the program. The Selection Committee can suggest supervisory opportunities for program participants who are not already providing supervision or consultation.

Topics of Study Include

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic/Relational Supervision in Sociocultural Context
  • Ethical Considerations in Relational Supervision
  • Thinking about Parallel Process from a Systemic Perspective
  • Attending to Therapists’ Developmental Needs and Learning Styles
  • Giving Difficult Feedback: Working with Transference/Countertransference
  • Teach/Treat Reconsidered
  • Power Differentials in the Context of Supervision and Impasse
  • Supervision in Different Settings: Working with Diverse Populations
  • Supervision in the Context of Present and Historical Trauma
  • Group Supervision and Supervising Group Therapy
  • Supervision and Termination
  • The Supervision of Clinical Work with Diverse Couples and Families