The Approved Supervisor Refresher Course with Thorana Nelson, PhD
To maintain the highest quality supervisors in the field, the AAMFT
requires AAMFT Approved Supervisors to take a 5-hour refresher course
prior to the renewal of their designation. This one-day course is
designed specifically to meet that requirement and to keep participants
on the cutting edge of clinical supervision practice.
The course will include case examples, didactic and interactional
instruction methods and will focus on current resources available to
supervisors, management of ethical and legal issues likely to arise
during supervision, utilization of supervision contracts, cultural
competence in supervision and therapy, and discussion of the current
Approved Supervisor requirements.
• review currently available clinical supervision resources and
information, with an emphasis on the literature from the past five
• discuss ways to manage difficult ethical and legal issues that arise in the course of supervision.
• learn about the importance of contracts in supervision and review
the key elements necessary for creating a developmentally appropriate
• consider ways to address multiple cultural, gender, and
socioeconomic issues that are inherent in and have an impact on therapy
• learn about the current standards for becoming and maintaining the
AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation, with particular attention to the
Approved Supervisor’s role as a mentor.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring resources that would
enhance and deepen the learning experience for everyone involved (e.g.,
samples of the forms they use; challenging supervisory situations for
discussion) and be prepared to share their own supervisory expertise.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
This course provides 5 hours of continuing education.
Thorana Nelson, PhD, is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, is a professor emerita at Utah State University and former director of the COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Nelson is the editor and co-editor of several books, including 101 Interventions in Family Therapy and 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy, Tales from Family Therapy: Life-changing Experiences, Education and Training in Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Handbook of Solution-focused Brief Therapy: Clinical Applications, Solution-focused Brief Practices with Long-term Users of Mental Health Services: “I’m More Than My Label,” and her latest book, Doing Something Different: Solution-focused Brief Practices. She is currently working on an MFT supervision book with Robert E. Lee.