The Clinical Supervision Series

Formal Training Towards Certification as an ACS

What is the Clinical Supervision Series?

Do you know that:

  • Many states now require formal training in or certification in clinical supervision for the supervisors of professionals pursuing licensure?
  • The skills of clinical supervision are different than the skills of counseling or psychotherapy and an excellent counselor does not always become an excellent clinical supervisor?
  • Clinical supervision has a growing and impressive body of literature that encompasses various models and conceptualizations and research that has informed best and most effective practices in this area?
  • That clinical supervisors are ethically the gatekeepers of the field and as such have a responsibility to make sure that they are trained adequately and that they keep up with clinical supervision continuing education ?

The Clinical Supervision Series was developed for those clinicians who find themselves thrust into clinical supervisory roles but who have very little or no formal training. The trainings in the series follow the requirements toward the NBCC/CEE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential.

What Participants have said about the Series...

  • “Thank you…this was very helpful and informative…I loved the interactive exercises in helping us to develop the skills….”

-Participant in the 2010 Cohort

  • "This course was definitely worth attending; presented in a skilled and competent manner and addressing current trends in supervision as well as giving the participant a clear framework from which to operate in the supervisory process. I recommend this course to anyone interested in building insight and professional growth”

-Anna Fleck, MSW-LSW

  • "Very helpful in giving a framework to use with other professionals in clinical supervision. Awesome!”

–Participant in the 2010 Cohort

  • "The trainings in this series really helped me to understand the components of clinical supervision that I only had a vague idea about. I have left after each training with a tool box of new ideas to use and a much greater level of confidence that I could become a good clinical supervisor."

-Participant in the 2011 Cohort

  • The older I get….the less I know”

Mark Twain

Clinical Supervision of Post-Degree Human Services Professionals: The Functions and Special Skills of the Quality Clinical Supervisor

When: Friday 10/03/2014; 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Identify at least three specialized skills needed to promote the optimal professional development of clinical practitioners in the fields of Social Work, Marriage/ Family/ Professional Counseling.

  2. Distinguish at least four functions of the Clinical Supervisor in the context of the professional development of practitioners.

  3. Have a working knowledge of the codes of ethics and various certifications that promote quality assurance and ethical processes in the area of clinical supervision.

Clinical Supervision of Post-Degree Human Services Professionals: Useful Models & Conceptualizations

When: Saturday 11/08/2014; 9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Identify at least five key models of clinical supervision as well as the basic tenets, advantages and disadvantages and the research base for each model.

  2. Have a working knowledge of the professional developmental process that human services professionals exhibit and will be able to identify at least three key supervisor interventions and skills that match the level or phase of supervisee development.

  3. Identify four key aspects and characteristics of a healthy working supervisory alliance that promotes optimal development of a post-degree human services professional

Clinical Supervision of Post-Degree Human Services Professionals: The Supervisory Relationship, Dealing with Resistance, Anxiety and Other Issues

When: Thursday 12/11/2014; 9:00 am- 4:30 PM

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Increase in working knowledge & understanding of the supervisee factors that impact the health of the supervisory alliance such as resistance, anxious or avoidant attachment, anxiety, supervisee transference, and others.

  2. Understand at least three supervisor factors that contribute to stress on the supervisory alliance or relationship such as supervisor attachment style, interpersonal power dynamics and supervisor counter-transference.

  3. Identify at least three interventions that can be enacted during clinical supervision to assist supervisees in moving through supervisee factors and in growing in professional development.

Formative and Summative Feedback in Clinical Supervision with Post Degree Helpers

When: Friday 1/23/2015 ; 9:00 am- 4:30 PM

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Be able to identify at least three differences between summative versus formative feedback in clinical supervision.

  2. Be able to distinguish between the roles and functions of administrative supervision versus clinical supervision.

  3. Be able to assist a supervisee in identifying and prioritizing professional development and clinical skill building objectives.

  4. Be able to identify at least four appropriate tools and strategies to evaluate the competency of a supervisee.

Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision

When: Friday 2/20/2015; 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Have a greater understanding of the parts of the ethical codes that are relevant to the practice of clinical supervision.

  2. Increase in awareness of three possible ethical dilemmas that may occur during the course of clinical supervision.

  3. Have used an ethical dilemma resolution process in a dilemma related to clinical supervision.

Who are the Presenters?

Lois A. Ehrmann PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Lois is the founder & executive director of CHOICES, and has over 28 years of professional counseling experience and over 17 years of clinical supervision experience. She holds the following credentials: Registered ATTACh Clinician, Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist & Approved Consultant, Certified IFS (CSL)Therapist, Certified EMDR Clinician & Approved Consultant (EMDRIA), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), National Certified Counselor (NCC) & Certified Distance Counselor (DCC). She is also an affiliated assistant professor at Penn State in the Department of Counselor Education & Supervision and has been teaching there since 2004. In the most recent years of teaching she has focused on skill development in Masters level counselors and clinical supervision skills for doctoral level professional helpers.

Who are the Presenters?

Kathy Gates-Moore, MSW, LCSW, ACS

Kathy is one of the founding psychotherapists at CHOICES and is the Director of Clinical Services. She has a special interest in trauma effects on adults, children, & families as well as vicarious trauma effects on the professionals who try to help them. She is a registered traumatologist, is in the process of certifying in EMDR, and is a certified Play Therapist as well as an approved Play Therapist Supervisor. She is certified in Neurolinguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy & Jin Shin Jytsu which is a Japanese form of energy work, as well as Level 1 of Equine Assisted Growth and Learning.

Continuing Education

These trainings are co-sponsored by Wise Heart Leadership Initiative and The Individual and Family CHOICES Program. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP (#6587) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of this program.

Wide Heart Leadership Initiative (ACE#1261) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (9/6/2013-9/6/2015). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approved for continuing education credits.

Full day trainings in this series are approved for 6.5 Continuing Education Clock hours through NBCC and ASWB and the half day ethics training is approved for 4.0 Continuing Education Clock hours.

The How, What, Where?

All trainings are held at the Individual and Family CHOICES Program Training Room located at 2214 North Atherton Street, Suite 4; State College, PA 16803

Cost: Each full day training is $100.00 and the half day ethics training is $50.00. If you register for all of the trainings there is a special discounted price of $400.00 ($50 savings)

To Register you can call Lois Ehrmann at 814-237-0567 or email her at loisehrmann@gmail .com

You can also copy this flyer and filling out the information below and fax or mail it in.


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NOTE The trainings occur on a yearly basis so you can plug in to the series at any time.