Title: Effective Clinical Supervision of the Mental Health Professional, Foundations, Part I
Description: The Definition of Supervision and the Role of the Supervisor
The Supervisory Relationship

This 3-hour supervisory course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the
process of supervising mental health professionals. This course will address the
roles and responsibilities of the clinical supervisor, and important aspects of how
to manage the supervisory relationship. Upon completion of this program
trainees will:

1. Understand the major roles of supervision to mental health clinical
2. Comprehend the major responsibilities of supervision to mental health clinical
3. Know the nature of the supervisory relationship when providing supervision to
mental health clinical professionals and the key factors associated with successful
4. Grasp the basic differences between and among supervision, mentoring,
consultation and therapy relationships, including appropriate boundaries
between the supervisory and other roles, and the capacity to establish the correct
role within supervision.
5. Be able to assess the key clinical knowledge and skills to transfer within the
supervisory relationship
6. Learn how to generate professional authority within the supervisory
relationship, build trust, manage one’s self and exercise influence within the
supervisory relationship

This course meets guidelines for 3 hours of Foundations of Supervision under the Georgia CPCS requirements.

This course was written by Charles D. Safford, LCSW. Mr. Safford is President of, and he has over 35 years of experience as a clinical professional and over 25 years of experience as a supervisor, trainer and training developer. 

Approvals: has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6071. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs., Inc., provider #1104, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit., Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 11/15/2020 to 11/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours. 


This course is approved for 3 contact hours by the following certifying bodies:


The National Association of Social Workers through approval by NASW GA

States with their own approval process:

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number, BAP #50-2193