Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology: Applications of the APA Guidelines


This program details the APA Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology and their application.  The guidelines articulate optimal performance expectations for psychologists who supervise.  They are based on the belief that supervisors strive to be competent as supervisors and use a competency-based and meta-theoretical (any theoretical or practice modality) approach in the provision of supervision.  The program begins with an overview of the need for the guidelines and their underlying assumptions.  Each of the seven domains of the guidelines; Supervisor Competence, Diversity, Supervisory Relationship, Professionalism, Assessment/ Evaluation/ Feedback, Problems of Professional Competence, and Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations are reviewed and their implementation described.  This is followed by an overview of the supervision contract. Also included are role play sessions illustrating how the competency domains may come up and be attended to in the course of a supervision session and demonstrating supervision of supervision.  

Learning Objective 1
Discuss the rationale for conceptualizing supervision as a competency that requires training. 

Learning Objective 2
Describe three competency domains associated with supervision.

Learning Objective 3
List areas for their own professional development as a supervisor.


Carol Falender

Carol Falender, Ph.D. is co-author of four books on clinical supervision including Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2004), Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns (2012) both with Edward Shafranske and Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2014) edited with Edward Shafranske and Celia Falicov. She has written numerous articles and conducted workshops and symposia internationally. She directed APA approved training programs for over 20 years and was a member of the Supervision Guidelines Group of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and Chair of the Supervision Guidelines Task Force of the Board of Educational Affairs of APA. Dr. Falender is a Fellow of American Psychological Association (APA). She is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee.

Catherine L. Grus

Catherine L. Grus, Ph.D. is the Deputy Executive Director for Education at the American Psychological Association and has been on the staff of the APA since 2005. Dr. Grus received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Nova University in 1993. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Miami, School of Medicine and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At APA she works to advance policies and practices that promote high quality education and training at the doctoral, postdoctoral and post-licensure levels. Areas of focus for Dr. Grus include the expanding the number of accredited internships and positions, development of models and tools for competency assessment in professional psychology, supervision, and primary care psychology practice. Prior to coming to APA Dr. Grus was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine where she served as the director of an APA accredited internship program.

Elisha Agee

Elisha Agee, Psy.D. graduated from Pepperdine University in July 2015, after completing an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Her research and clinical interests are in serious mental illness, assessment, and forensic psychology. She is currently completing a forensic psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Continuing Education

3.0 CE
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Price: $80.00

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