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Jan 26, 2018
Developing Your Personalized Approach to Clinical Supervision: The Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework
Facilitated by Jeff Chang, Ph.D, R.Psych

Intended Audience


Psychologists and other mental health professionals interested in developing or refining their approach to clinical supervision. This workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced supervisors.





Clinical supervision has been increasingly recognized as a distinct professional competency for which psychologists and other mental health professionals require specific training. In this workshop, participants will develop their personalized approach to clinical supervision using the Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework (CFM) for clinical supervision. The CFM, comprised of six components and nine relational positions, provides a template to support a supervisor to develop their approach to supervision, and select supervisory interventions and skills to tailor supervision to their setting, interests, and the developmental needs of supervisees.



Learning Objectives


In this workshop, participants will learn:


  1. The six elements of the Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework (CFM) for counselor supervision


  1. The nine relational positions of supervision of the CFM and when to use them


  1. How to use the CFM to develop their personalized approach to supervision



Program Format and Schedule


The workshop will combine lecture/PowerPoint and small- and large-group discussion and video excerpts of actual supervision sessions:



Introductions and overview


Background to supervision approaches

  • social role models
  • phase/stage models of therapist development
  • supervision based on psychotherapy models
  • common factors approaches to supervision
  • entry to practice competency profiles


Overview of the elements of the CFM


Administrative context of supervision

  • regulatory/Provisional supervision
  • educational programs
  • employment settings
  • external/private supervision




Relational positions of supervision

  • skill development coach
  • clinical educator
  • ethics/risk management consultation
  • catalyst




Relational positions of supervision, cont’d

  • administrative supervisor
  • professional gatekeeper
  • advocate/system change agent
  • professional mentor
  • personal supporter


Theory of change: An ecology of ideas






Phase of practitioner development


Paying it forward and getting paid


Questions and wrap-up



Date:            Friday 26 January 2018


Time:           9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Location:     Lister Centre, Prairie Room, 11613 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G




      Dr. Jeff Chang is Associate Professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. He has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 1987, and is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to his practice in high-conflict divorce, he provides clinical supervision privately and at Calgary Family Therapy Centre. He publishes on clinical supervision, high conflict divorce, school-based services, and postmodern approaches to therapy.





The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists.  This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit.  Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits.  Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits.  PAA maintains responsibility for the program.




Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office.  Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee.  PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. 

Registration Fees

Early Bird
(by Dec 1, 2017)
Dec 1, 2017
and after
PAA Members & Affiliate Members $200.00 $225.00
PAA Student Members $140.00 $165.00
PAA Provisional Members $140.00 $165.00
Non-Members $265.00 $290.00

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