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Learning from Expert Supervisors in Action 

Presented by Arpana G. Inman PHD ABPP

Presenter Bio

Dr. Arpana G. Inman is the Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of South Asian Psychology, International Issues in Psychology, and Multicultural Supervision & Training with over 100 publications and presentations. She is a supervisor trainer and scholar and recently co-hosted and developed the first DVD series on Supervision Models published by APA. She has presented at various conferences and conducts clinical supervision workshops nationally and internationally. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of the Excellence in Supervision Research Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology, Section on Supervision and Training.

The importance of psychotherapy supervision can be attested to by the increased state laws and regulations certifying supervisors but also the recent development of the APA Guidelines on Supervision (2014). Although there are an increasing number of calls for materials outlining and demonstrating what expert supervisors actually do in supervision, supervision remains a behind closed doors activity.

To rectify this situation, APA recently undertook a new video series spearheaded by Hanna Levenson and Arpana G. Inman. In this series, 11 eminent psychotherapy supervisors each conduct a 45-minute supervision session with one of his/her supervisees. The format of the series is closely modeled after APA’s Expert Therapist Series. Each expert represents a different approach to supervision cutting across the range of psychotherapy-based and supervision-based orientations.

For this Workshop, I will show excerpts from two-three of these videos—starting and stopping the DVD at appropriate moments to allow discussion of essential supervisory parameters. Specifically, for each model the theoretical underpinnings and/or perspective of the approach will be addressed. The goals, tasks, and functions of the model will be elucidated, as well the supervisory methods and techniques used. As the supervisory hour unfolds, the structure and process of each model will be highlighted, and the participants will have the opportunity to try on the central tenets of that model for one of their supervisory cases. In addition to these basic principles, each model examines how it handles common supervisory dilemmas (e.g., teach-treat tensions, difficult supervisees, trainee deficits, power issues, legal/ethical considerations) and multicultural/diversity issues. Research evidence for each approach will be provided.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe the principles/methods/processes of three models of supervision.
  2. Discuss how they can apply relevant principles/methods/processes from each model to their actual supervisory cases.
  3. Compare the models for their similarities and differences in approaches and processes
  4. Plan on the use of supervision models in the provision of competent supervision

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
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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