Using research from the field of interpersonal neurobiology, the workshop invites participants to review traditional beliefs about clinical supervision—which emphasize support, monitoring, and fidelity to practice models—and to update them. Participants learn to cultivate mindful attention during supervision, to bring an attuned awareness of the brain-body dialogue to their 1:1s and groups, and to maximize rewards and minimize threats hard-wired into any relationship with an authority figure.

Wayne Scott Favicon blueMost practitioners seeking supervision or consultation have significant exposure to the trauma stories of their clients. Integrating mindful habits into the supervisory relationship activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which both calms the agitated brain and buffers against vicarious trauma. Mindful supervision enhances creativity and critical thinking, unblocks learning, increases intentional use of the supervisory relationship, and enhances whole body wisdom essential to trauma-informed care and healing.

The workshop also introduces a new model for clinical case consultation that integrates mindful practices and intentional use of the supervisory relationship.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

    1. Update their beliefs about clinical supervision with key ideas from the field of interpersonal neurobiology;
    2. Understand the ways toxic stress and vicarious trauma can block learning and professional growth;
    3. Practice mindful strategies that reduce stress and vicarious trauma and facilitate learning; and
    4. Witness an innovative model of clinical case consultation that emphasizes mindful presence and creativity.

Clinical supervisors must complete 6 credit hours every 5 years in supervision coursework. This day-long workshop, approved through National Association of Social Workers, satisfies that requirement.

Upcoming Workshops


On Thursday, November 5, 2018, you can attend “Mindful Supervision: Trauma-informed Tools and Practices” at Concordia University (Columbia River Campus) in Portland, Oregon.



On Thursday, January 17, 2019, you can attend “Mindful Supervision: Trauma-informed Tools and Practices” at Lane Community College (Mary Spilde Downtown Center) in Eugene, Oregon.


GRADUATE STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you are currently in graduate school in a clinical discipline and wish to register, there is a half price discount. Contact Wayne through the website using your school email address to inquire about the special promotional code.

In the supervision workshop Zach Thornhill, MSW, CSWA will be coordinating a panel of licensees to integrate consumer voices into the discussion. Born and raised in Portland, OR, Zach received his graduate degree  from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently he works as a civil commitment investigator, integrating varied experiences in public health, social services, and mental health. Zach is receiving individual and group supervision and is on his way to licensure.