CSP training program: Basics of Supervision in Helping Professions

Core areas of competency expected to be acquired in this training are:

  • Purposes of supervision.
  • Theoretical frameworks and models of supervision.
  • Types of supervision.
  • Roles and relationships in supervision.
  • Legal and ethical issues in supervision.
  • Multicultural issues in supervision.
  • Supervision Interventions.
  • Professional Development of Supervisees.

The areas of competency are addressed by using a variety of instructional methods throughout the three stages of the training:

  1. Pre-Training:
    This stage is designed according to the principles of distance learning and it lasts for a month. It focuses on readings and working on assignments that encourage reflectivity. Continuous communication between the instructor and the participants, both as a group and as individuals, is fostered. Participants receive feedback on their assignments and are expected to bring their experiences from this stage in the next stage of the training.
  2. In-class Training:
    The second phase of the training is designed for 24 hours (recommended: 4 days of training, 6 hours each). The interactions are face to face and there is a strong focus on practice and discussions, as a mean to encourage participants to learn to think like supervisors.
  3. Post-Training:
    The final stage occurs in the two weeks following the in-class training. During post-training, participants have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills in practice and to receive feedback from the instructor. The communication with the instructor is maintained by e-mail and Skype meetings.


The following are the basic criteria for evaluation:

  1. Basic knowledge of the supervision, as demonstrated in assignments, comments and questions.
  2. Class Participation.
  3. Reflectivity, as demonstrated in assignments, questions, comments, etc.
  4. Initiative in clarifying any situations, in finding a supervisees, in setting appointments with the instructor, etc.
  5. Appropriate level of supervision skills as demonstrated in practice.