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Supervision Course Requirements and Forms for Course Instructors

There are two different supervision courses involved in the training and renewal of AAMFT Approved Supervisors:

(1) the 30-hour supervision fundamentals course required for MFTs who wish to become Approved Supervisors, and

(2) the 5-hour refresher course taken by experienced Approved Supervisors who are seeking to renew their designation for an additional five-year term.

Find current pre-approved courses

In order to count for AAMFT requirements, the supervision courses must be offered by the AAMFT, or pre-approved by the AAMFT. Institutions, AAMFT divisions, and individual Approved Supervisors are encouraged to sponsor courses to increase course availability and choice of location and instructors. Pre-approval is intended to create consistency in the content of the courses, regardless of where and by whom the courses are taught.

For complete details about pre-approved supervision courses, please review the Approved Supervisor Designation Standards and Responsibilities Handbook, October 2007.


Pre-approval Process

Supervision Course Pre-Approval Request Form

30-Hour Supervision Fundamentals Course


5-Hour Approved Supervisor Refresher Course


Pre-approval Process


Institutions and Approved Supervisors who wish to sponsor either the MFT supervision fundamentals course or the Approved Supervisor refresher course should carefully review the course requirements for the type of course they intend to offer. They should develop a detailed course syllabus, taking care to incorporate and describe all the course requirements. Then, they may submit the course to the AAMFT for pre-approval. The pre-approval request should include:

. the Supervision Course Pre-Approval Request Form (PDF)

. a detailed course syllabus

. the $100 course pre-approval review fee.

Pre-approval should be sought at least two months prior to the date on which the course will begin. This will enable sufficient time for the review and feedback from the AAMFT. When the course pre-approval request is received by the AAMFT, it will be reviewed to ensure that all course requirements will be met by the course as it has been described. The instructor(s) will receive a written response indicating that the course has been approved or, if it is not approved, detailing the changes that must be made before it can be approved. If the approval is denied, the instructor will have 30 days in which to re-submit the pre-approval request.


When a course is pre-approved, the approval is valid for a period of two years. During the two-year approval period, the reading list may be updated, assuming the remainder of the course remains intact. However, if the instructor or sponsor changes, or if there are significant changes to the syllabus or format of the course, it will be considered a new course and the new course must be submitted for pre-approval. If the instructor questions whether a change is significant enough to require a new approval, he/she should consult with the AAMFT supervision staff. If the course is to be offered after the two year period has expired, the course must be updated and re-submitted for pre-approval.

Once a course has been approved, it will be added to the list of pre-approved supervision fundamentals courses or pre-approved Approved Supervisor refresher courses, as appropriate. To find current pre-approved courses, click here.  Instructors and sponsors may also advertise the course. The advertisement should indicate the sponsor (institution, AAMFT division, etc.) and the instructor. The advertisement should not state or imply that the course is sponsored or co-sponsored by the AAMFT, but that it is pre-approved by the AAMFT.

30-Hour Supervision Fundamentals Course

This course is designed for MFTs who are training to become Approved Supervisors. It should be taken within five years prior to the supervisor candidate's application to receive the Approved Supervisor designation. Courses must be offered by the AAMFT or pre-approved by the AAMFT. At the time of applying for the designation, supervisor candidates will be required to demonstrate that they have completed the course by presenting a certificate, verification letter, or transcript showing the date the course was taken, the instructor, and the course sponsor.

Requirements:

1. The course must meet for 30 contact hours (excluding supervision or supervision mentoring). The course should be a combination of didactic and interactional experiences.

2. The course must be taught by a current AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

3. A minimum of four students must be present in the course for supervisor candidates to receive credit for the course.

4. The course syllabus must address each of the nine learning objectives for Approved Supervisors. The syllabus should specify how each learning objective will be addressed-through readings, didactic instruction, and/or exercises.

5. The course must include a review of MFT literature with current references, with specified reading assignments.

6. As a course requirement, students must develop a written Philosophy of Supervision paper. (Guidelines for the paper can be found by clicking here.) The paper will be evaluated in the course and reviewed again by the Approved Supervisor who is providing the supervision mentoring.

7. The sponsor of the course is required to provide course completion verification. This may be in the form of a certificate, verification letter or transcript. The verification should give the participant's name, the course sponsor, the instructor, the number of contact hours for the course, and the date the course was completed.

5-Hour Approved Supervisor Refresher Course

This course is designed for experienced Approved Supervisors. It is required of Approved Supervisors at the time they renew their five-year designation as an Approved Supervisor. The course must have been taken in the five years immediately prior to the renewal. The course must be offered by or pre-approved by the AAMFT. At the time of the renewal, the Approved Supervisor will be asked to show a certificate or verification letter indicating the date the course was taken, the sponsor, and the instructor of the course.

Requirements:

1. The participants must meet for at least five contact hours, in a comprehensive course covering the topic areas described below. The course can be offered in one five-hour block, or broken into sections. In any case, the five contact hours should be completed within a span of no more than one year.

2. The course must be taught by a current AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Approved Supervisors who teach a pre-approved course will be given credit for having met the course requirement.

3. A minimum of four Approved Supervisors must be present in the course. This is to ensure that interaction can be a part of the course experience.

4. The course must include both didactic and interactional instruction methods, and must address each of the following topics:

     . Current supervision literature, emphasizing the literature from
     the past five years.

     . Ethical and legal issues that arise in clinical supervision and
     supervision mentoring.

     . Supervision contracts, including the process of developing
     contracts and the elements that should be addressed.

     . Cultural, gender and socioeconomic issues in therapy and
     supervision.

     . The current standards for becoming an Approved Supervisor,
     with emphasis on the role of the Approved Supervisor mentor.

5. The sponsor of the course is required to provide course completion verification. This may be in the form of a certificate or verification letter. It should show the participant's name, the course sponsor, the instructor, the number of contact hours for the course, and the date the course was completed.


Supervision Course Pre-Approval Request Form (PDF) 

 

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