Fundamentals of Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision


This 30-hour intensive program is designed to fulfill the complete course requirement for the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation, and satisfies the supervisory training requirements for many state laws.

This course will cover the following:

  • Systemic MFT thinking as applied in therapy, supervision, mentoring, and the isomorphic dynamics among different levels of the training system;

  • Purpose and goals of supervision;

  • Supervisory roles and relationships, including attention to management of multiple relationships;

  • Various supervisory approaches and practices and how they connect with various therapy approaches and practices;

  • Structure of supervision, solving problems, and implementing a variety of supervisory practices;

  • Supervisory processes for screening, contracting with, and evaluating trainees;

  • Modalities for supervising including group/individual and case consultation/audio recording/video recording;

  • Processes for managing difficulties in supervision, including remediation and, when necessary, counseling trainees out of the field;

  • Contextual factors to include in therapy and training contexts (such as graduate versus post-graduate supervisees, agency versus private practice), trainee development, and factors such as gender, ethnicity, race, ability, age, spirituality, sexual orientation, economics, power and privilege, and so forth;

  • Processes for supervising within applicable legal requirements for licensure or certification or obtaining various levels of membership in AAMFT;

  • Jurisdictional legal factors such as duties to report or warn, working with minors in therapy, record-keeping, and so forth;

  • Processes for attending to ethical factors in therapy and supervision;

  • Current thinking, literature, ethics, requirements, and challenges of the use of technology in therapy and supervision;

  • Articulation of a systemic personal philosophy or approach to supervision and how it integrates with therapy approaches;

  • Integration of couple and family therapy supervision literature, both seminal and recent, and

  • Mentoring factors such as contracting, relationship, responsibilities, and processes.

  • This course must include a written personal philosophy of supervision paper as described in this Handbook. Except under specific circumstances approved by the instructor, the paper should not be submitted for evaluation until all other requirements have been completed and the supervisor candidate has completed an AAMFT approved Fundamentals of Supervision interactive course.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to articulate a beginning philosophy of supervision that reflects their preferred personal model of supervision, their choices of supervisory modalities, as well as their preferred supervisory roles.

This interactive course includes a variety of exercises and group discussions and prepares participants to supervise in a variety of therapy settings including private practice, agencies, and academia. There are significant required readings prior to the course. Also, written assignments must be satisfactorily completed within 18 months after the course in order to receive a certificate of completion. Information regarding required readings will be provided with registration materials.


Course Schedule

Tuesday, August 7, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 8,  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Lunch will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. each day.

This course provides 30 hours of continuing education and meets the course requirement for the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation.



 $595.00 members / $695.00 Non-members


Tuesday, August 7 – Friday, August 10, 2018


AAMFT Office
112 South Alfred St
Alexandria, VA, 22314

There is not a reserved hotel block for this event; however there are many hotels near the office (search Priceline or Orbitz for deals). 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations of registration made more than five days before the event are subject to a full refund. Cancellations made five or less days before the event are subject to a full refund in AAMFT credit only. No refunds will be issued after the event. All cancellation requests must be made in writing, and can be sent to