Transforming Supervision

“Transforming Clinical Supervision: Talking About Race” is currently scheduled for in-person delivery at Revolution Hall on October 21, 2021 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm). It is also available for delivery at agencies, when requested. 

CLINICAL SUPERVISION is a collaborative, transformational process of deepening one’s self-awareness and savvy as a practitioner, offering guidance, mentoring, and support during a formative period in the supervisee’s professional development. Effective clinical supervisors create a reflective space where new practitioners can take risks, be authentic, learn, and become wise.

Supervisors also perform an evaluative function, provide constructive feedback, and act as gatekeepers for the profession. There is a power imbalance in the relationship, not always discussed, that can become especially fraught when the two participants hold different social and racial identities. How do microaggressions and white fragility show up in clinical supervision? How do supervisors and supervisees navigate these sometimes challenging conversations in ways that produce clinical and personal growth? 

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Wayne Scott Favicon blueIn this scenario-driven workshop, designed with both supervisors and supervisees in mind, we will explore the concept of intersectionality as it applies to clinical supervision. Using both a racial justice and somatic lens, the instructors provide a supportive forum to deconstruct these challenging conversations and provide a roadmap for understanding and repair that can also become a template for how we work with our clients.

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

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of intersectionality as it applies to clinical supervision;
  2. Identify and review what aspects of their own identity come into play when they participate in clinical supervision;
  3. Re-examine the concept of safety, threats, rupture, and repair as they emerge in these challenging conversations;
  4. Update the supervision agreement/contract they share with their supervisees to reflect their expectations for how these issues are overtly named, centering an explicit anti-racist framework; and
  5. Navigate the power imbalance of the clinical supervision experience within a frame of racial equity, as well as compassion, humility, and self-awareness.
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Co Facilitator Rebecca Davis, MA, CSWA, LiCSWA is a mental health therapist, specializing in embodied therapies,  working with individuals managing trauma across the lifespan. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California, New York University, and Northwestern University. She is the Co-Founder and Director for artic LLC (anti-racist, trauma-informed care) a DEI organization devoted to teaching and guiding healthcare and social service organizations and individuals to centering the experiences of black and brown folx as the focal point for healing.