Approved Supervision Fundamentals Course

AAMFT Approved Supervisors ensure a learning environment that is supportive and nurturing while providing therapists and trainees access to the latest innovations in the field. 

Attendance Policy:

Failure to attend all course sessions in their entirety will result in losing registration fees (no partial refunds) and having to retake the entire course. No extensions, course transfers, or other accommodations will be made if you miss a session. It is your responsibility to check your calendar for availability for each course and attend during the correct times. 

Fundamentals Course:

  • Must be an AAMFT Member (Professional member with/without Clinical Fellow)
  • Must complete a 30-credit Fundamentals of Supervision course in order to receive the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. Courses are offered in the following quarters:
  • January - March
  • April - June
  • July- September
  • October - December
  • Philosophy of Supervision paper must be completed within 1 month from the last interactive session date. No extensions will be granted.

In the case of circumstances beyond its control, AAMFT reserves the right to make necessary changes in presenters and content of all AAMFT Approved Supervision Courses.

Cancellation Fee: Due to the limited availability of spaces in the online Approved Supervision courses, cancellations and any subsequent request for refund must be made 30 days prior to the start of your first scheduled interactive session. Cancellations made within 30 days of the course, will be eligible for a 25% refund. If you need to switch to a different course date and time and there are no openings, you must first cancel your registration according to our cancellation and refund policy and re-register once new courses become available.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing, and can be sent to

Transferring Courses: Due to the very high demand, if you need to transfer into a new course date and time, a $50 transfer fee will be charged upon switching.

For more information on the Approved Supervision Program and its requirements, please refer to the AAMFT Approved Supervision Handbook

Options for Course Completion:

AAMFT offers two different options for course completion that will best fit your particular needs of becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. The first option is a hybrid course, consisting of 15 hours of interactive hours and 15 hours of online work. The second option is a fully virtual, 30-hour course with no online work.

We ask that you please use a headset, earbuds, or any type of personal earphone for the interactive portion of this class. Access and use of a webcam is required for this session, and lack thereof may result in removal from the session. Please be sure to test using the equipment (i.e. computer, browser, headset, etc.) that you are planning to use to complete the course. Access to interactive webinars needs to be from a non-distracting, private place because of confidentiality and security. Please avoid accessing the interactive webinars from public areas (coffeehouses, restaurants, etc.). Please e-mail for any questions regarding this.

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Georgie Winter, PhD
Michael Fitzpatrick, LMFT
Jerry Harris, PhD
Helen Meek, MA, LMFT
John Robbins, PhD 
Heather Katafiasz, PhD
Toni Zimmerman, PhD
Reo Leslie, Jr., LMFT, LPC, LAC, MAC, RPT-S, ACS
Anthony Pennant, LMFT
Selenga Gürmen, LMFT
Tia Crooms. LMFT

Course Description: This course is taught from a systemic/relational perspective and covers a breadth of generalist ideas. That is, rather than “teach” supervision or supervise therapy from a particular perspective (modernist, postmodernist, constructionist, developmental, clinical), the course covers the basics for a number of perspectives that may fit the course participants’ ideas and worldviews. Through presentations, readings, short assignments, and an online, face-to-face, interactive sessions, the course allows students a number of perspectives related to the purpose and goals of supervision within AAMFT supervision course guidelines. These include helping training therapists with ensuring client care, mastering competencies (both core and approach-specific), self-of-the-therapist and self-of-the-supervisor, context-sensitive, therapist professional growth, and other purposes as the supervisor and training therapist identify as individual supervisory systems. The course instructors are, themselves, constructionist in perspective, but teach and supervise a variety of perspectives and therapy/supervision approaches.

NOTE: There is a textbook requirement for all options of the Fundamentals of Supervision course. This text is sold separately and NOT included in the price of the course. 

Option A: 30-hour Hybrid Course


Candidates for the Approved Supervisor designation will complete half of the course online and half of the course through interactive Zoom sessions. The Philosophy of Supervision paper must be completed within 1 month from the last interactive session date. No extensions granted.

Timing: This course will be completed via Zoom over a series of six weeks. It will consist of one 1-hour introductory meeting followed by five 3-hour interactive sessions. You must attend ALL SIX SESSIONS in their entirety and complete the online work in between the interactive sessions.

Available Dates/Times:  Please visit this page in the new Approved Supervision Network for course dates and times.

    Continuing Education: 30 CEs will be received after the completion of the interactive sessions, online units, and the philosophy of supervision paper. Please keep in mind that this is a course, not a workshop.

    Option B: 30-Hour Virtual Interactive Course

    Candidates for the Approved Supervisor designation will complete the course over 4 days. The Philosophy of Supervision paper must be completed within 1 month from the last session date.

    Timing: This course will be completed via Zoom over a series of four days in a two week timeframe. You must attend ALL FOUR SESSIONS in their entirety.

    Available Dates/Times:  
    Please visit this page in the new Approved Supervision Network for course dates and times.

    Continuing Education: 30 CEs will be received after the completion of the last interactive portion and completion of the philosophy of supervision paper. No other online work is required. Please keep in mind that this is a course, not a workshop. 

    Technical Requirements for Interactive Portions:

    Technical requirements for the online discussion groups are listed below. It is your responsibility to ensure your computer system meets these needs prior to your discussion groups session.

    To ensure that the course starts smoothly and on-time, please test the system that you are planning to use for the course by clicking on this test link. When you log in to the meeting, please be sure to login as a guest, and try to be a few minutes early. Though you may want to download the Zoom app, we recommend that you log in to the session through the internet browser. This option is located at the bottom of your screen after signing in. If you are having any technical issues or would like to further test your system, please contact your education coordinator at learning@aamft.orgFor the best user experience, please use either Google Chrome or Safari when accessing your course. 


    If you require accommodations to take this course, please contact at least three weeks before your interactive session. If you are trying to register a group of participants for a course, please note that we do not offer group rates, but we can try to accommodate your group if you reach out to us well in advance.

    If you have questions regarding the Approved Supervision designation or your Approved Supervisor status, you may schedule a phone consultation with the Approved Supervision manager at this link. You are also welcome to contact Member Services at Our number is 703-838-9808 and our office hours are from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Eastern, Monday-Friday.

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