Mindful Supervision

When something too big for us to handle happens to us,
our only healthy response is to grow bigger.


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COMPASSION FATIGUE, BURNOUT, AND MORAL DISSONANCE ARE COMMON experiences for veteran therapists, especially during times of crisis. How can therapists keep themselves healthy while maintaining their standard of care and supportive mentorship? This foundational in-person webinar is a forum for clinical supervisors, new and seasoned, to explore their supervisory practices and update them in relation to long-term toxic stressors,  with special attention to the novel challenges presented by ongoing social conditions, violence, and political extremism.

This webinar draws on research in interpersonal neurobiology to encourage participants to review traditional beliefs about clinical supervision and to update them. Participants learn to cultivate mindful attention during supervision, to bring an awareness of the visceral dialogue to their 1:1 and group meetings, and to maximize rewards and minimize threats hard-wired into any relationship with an authority figure.

Most practitioners seeking supervision or consultation have significant exposure to their clients’ stories of trauma, magnified during this long season of worsening mental health and spiraling addiction. Integrating routine mindful habits into the supervisory relationship allows supervisees to stay in the “Window of Tolerance” for longer periods, increase vagal tone and perseverance, and find meaning, satisfaction, and joy in their work, in spite of challenges. Mindful supervision enhances creativity and critical thinking, unblocks learning, increases intentionality in the supervisory relationship, and enhances whole body wisdom essential to effective care, healing, and professional resilience.

The webinar also introduces a structured model for clinical case consultation that integrates the mindful practices participants will discuss in class.

By the end of two half-day webinar, participants will:

  1. Update their assumptions and beliefs about clinical supervision with key ideas from the field of interpersonal neurobiology;
  2. Understand the ways toxic stress and vicarious trauma, magnified during the long season of the pandemic, can block learning and professional growth;
  3. Practice mindful strategies that reduce stress, mitigate proxy exposure to trauma, and facilitate learning and growth; and
  4. Witness an innovative model of clinical case consultation that emphasizes mindful presence.

Six hours of continuing education (supervision) approved through the National Association of Social Workers.  

BIPOC REPARATIONS DISCOUNT: If you identify as a member of BIPOC communities, you are entitled to a 25% discount.

MILITARY DISCOUNT: If you served in the military, either currently or in the past, or you are a military spouse, there is a 25% discount.

GRADUATE STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you are currently in graduate school in a clinical discipline and wish to register, there is a 25% discount.

Contact Wayne Scott for discount codes.

Mindful Supervision:

Trauma-informed Practices in an Age of Overwhelm

June 12-13, 2024
8:30am-12:00pm each day

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