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An Experiential Approach to Clinical Supervision: Latest Updates

Presented by Carol Falender, PhD; Edward Shafranske, PhD, ABPP

Presenter Bio

Carol Falender, Ph.D. started writing about supervision after directing American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship programs for over twenty years. She is co-author of Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (with Edward Shafranske), published by the American Psychological Association in 2004, and co-editor of Casebook for Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (APA, 2008), as well as numerous articles on supervision and has conducted workshops internationally on the topic of supervision. Dr. Falender was a delegate to the 2002 Competencies Conference and to Benchmarks, and has presented plenary sessions to Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, and the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Falender is a Fellow of American Psychological Association and was President of Division 37, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (APA). She is Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, former Chair of California Psychological Association (CPA) Division II, Education and Training, Chair of the CPA Continuing Education Committee, and Chair-Elect of the Supervision and Training Section of Division 17 of APA.

Edward Shafranske, Ph.D, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology, Muriel Lipsey Chair in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and Director of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. A psychologist and psychoanalyst, he has published widely in the fields of clinical supervision and the applied psychology of religion. His books include: Clinical Supervision: A Competency Based Approach (with C. Falender); Getting the Most Out of Clinical Supervision and Training (with C. Falender) and Supervision Essentials for the Practice of Competency-Based Supervision (with C. Falender) and co-editor of Casebook for Clinical Supervision: A Competency Based Approach (with C. Falender) and Diversity and Multiculturalism in Clinical Supervision: Foundation and Praxis (with C. Falender & C. Falicov). His scholarship in the psychology of religion and spirituality includes: Religion and the Clinical Practice of Psychology, Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy (edited with L. Sperry) and The APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion and Spirituality (Associate Editor). Dr. Shafranske is a fellow of APA (Div. 12, 29, 36) and the International Psychoanalytical Association, and twice served as president of APA Division 36 and Chair of CPA Division II: Education and Training. He has been recognized for his contributions to the field of psychology by the California Psychological Association. In addition, he is a member of eight editorial boards, including Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Voluntary), School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, and maintains a clinical practice in Irvine, CA.

Meeting ethical and legal standards is foundational for the provision of competent mental health care. Many dimensions of these standards are clear and have remained constant over the years. Yet others continue to evolve, and mental health professionals (MHPs) routinely confront complex and ambiguous ethical and legal situations. The purpose of this course is to give MHPs an opportunity to renew and sharpen their ability to engage in knowledgeable and effective ethical decision-making, and understand and apply ethical and legal standards to challenges inherent in clinical work. The course also has the goal of assisting participants in better managing the risks of clinical practice. It will be taught at an intermediate level, and is appropriate for currently licensed professionals, and advanced pre-licensed professionals.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three components of competency-based multicultural clinical supervision.
  2. Describe how applying the learning cycle enhances reflective practice and feedback.
  3. Describe how cultural humility and self-appraisal facilitate multicultural respectful process in relationship repair.
  4. Explain how to approach a difficult conversation with a supervisee.

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

  • Lecture
  • Audio/Visual
  • On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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