10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on the Essential Knowledge and Skills for Effective Supervision is presented by Donna Sheperis, PhD.

Clinical supervision of counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and social workers requires more than experience in the field. For example, approved supervisors in the state of California need to have training in supervision theory, modalities, laws, ethics, and standards of practice. This training provides the essential tools necessary to provide quality, ethical supervision to trainees in their agencies. Through the use of didactic and experiential practice, this training will help participants expand their knowledge of basic supervision practice and develop their own supervisory style to best protect clients while developing clinicians under their supervision.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of functions of clinical supervisors

  • Describe major models of supervision influencing clinical practice

  • Describe primary techniques of clinical supervision

  • Describe goals of supervision tailored to specific supervisee needs

  • Describe ethical and relational challenges in supervision

Presented By

Donna Sheperis, PhD

Donna Sheperis, PhD. joined PAU in 2016 and currently serves as a Full Professor, Associate Chair, Chair of the PAU Faculty Senate, Co-Chair of the PAU Institutional Review Board, and Director of the PAU eClinic. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi and her Masters in Counseling from Delta State University. Donna has taught land-based and online programs since 2000. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi and Texas; a Board Certified Counselor; a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor; an Approved Clinical Supervisor; and a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider with 30 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling settings. Dr. Donna Sheperis is active in the counseling profession. She is past president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and on the Ethics Appeals Committee for the American Counseling Association. She serves on the ACA Ethical Appeals Committee. Previously, Donna served as chair of the ACA Ethics Committee. She also serves on the Ethics and Bylaws committees for the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is active in scholarship and research as well with multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she has authored multiple book chapters and textbooks including Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice for Pearson Publishing; Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor for SAGE Publishing; and Foundations of Substance Use and Addiction Counseling: Principles and Applied Practice for Cognella Publishing (in press).
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Development Scales

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Roles of the Supervisor

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Supervisory Experiences

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Foci of the Supervisor

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    The Supervisee

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Case Study Practice

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Interpersonal Process Recall

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Supervisory Structure and Ethics

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Standards Handbook

    • Best Practices in Clinical Supervision

    • Guidelines for Clinical Supervision

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

Develop a Specialty Area of Practice

Transforming mental health professionals into experts

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    Professional training developed and delivered by the field's leading experts

  • CE Credit

    Earn CE credit for meaningful professional training that will elevate your practice

  • Convenience & Flexibility

    Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

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