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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.

Participants will:
•   review currently available clinical supervision resources and information, with an emphasis on the literature from the past five years.
•   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 supervision contract.
•   consider ways to address multiple cultural, gender, and socioeconomic issues that are inherent in and have an impact on therapy and supervision.
•   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.

Course Schedule

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.


Continuing Education

The AAMFT Institutes are approved to provide continuing education for marriage and family therapists and allied professionals by most major mental health organizations.


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