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Apr 28, 2018
Competency-Based Clinical Supervision: Knowledge, Skills, & Attitudes
Co-Sponsored with the University of Alberta, facilitated by Michael Ellis, Ph.D.






The Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta & PAA present


Competency-Based Clinical Supervision:

Knowledge, Skills, & Attitudes


Facilitated by Michael V. Ellis, Ph.D.


As an experiential workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice and apply a series of innovative skills and methods for competency based clinical supervisors. The workshop will attend to the supervisory relationship in two specific ways: (1) providing the foundation for an effective clinical supervisory relationship with ethnoculturally diverse supervisees by negotiating a supervision informed consent and contract for supervision, and (2) by increasing personal awareness of and strategies for confronting defensive supervisees and serving as a gatekeeper to the profession for supervisee exhibiting problems of professional competencies.


Participants will develop a framework for supervision sessions notes.


Participants will learn and practice a structure to observe-review and provide feedback on a therapy session from a multitude of perspectives and foci. This supervision method may be taught and used for self-supervision.


Goal 1:    To apply the paradigm shift to competency based supervision

  • To describe the criteria for minimally adequate, inadequate, and harmful clinical supervision
  • To apply procedures to avoid legal risks
  • To initiate and attend to a multiculturally sensitive supervisory relationship
  • To create and negotiate a Supervisee Informed Consent and contract for clinical supervision


Goal 2:    To describe and practice a method for observing / reviewing a session or recording

  • To describe the importance of being able to learn multiple perspectives and foci
  • To practice the structure and skills for observation-review of clinical work
  • To provide feedback to supervisees using this method
  • To apply this method for self-supervision


Goal 3:    To begin appropriate documentation in clinical supervision

  • To create a template for supervision sessions notes


Goal 4:    To increase one’s ability to deal effectively with confrontation and gatekeeping in supervisory relationships

  • To increase personal awareness about power, authority, privilege, & oppression as a professional gatekeeper
  • To discuss how to deal effectively with supervisees that exhibit problems of professional competence


Goal 5:    To create specific strategies to incorporate the information learned in the workshop to one’s supervision back home

  • To identify what was learned in the workshop and implement it in one’s supervisory practice



About the facilitator



MICHAEL V. ELLIS, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and a M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He is a Professor in the Division of Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany.  His teaching and research interests include multicultural clinical supervision, supervisor training, clinical judgment, and research methodology, psychometrics, and statistics.  He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs, and has served on several peer-reviewed journal editorial boards.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA).  In 1993, Dr. Ellis was a Fulbright Scholar in Trinidad and Tobago.  He received the 2010 Distinguished Professional Achievement Award and the Outstanding Publication of the Year Award (2015, 2016) from the Supervision and Training Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17, APA).

Dr. Ellis is a New York state licensed psychologist, a NY OASAS Approved Provider of Clinical Screening and Assessment Services for Impaired Driver offenders, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).  As a scientist-practitioner, he has over 30 years experience as a practitioner, clinical supervisor, and supervisor trainer.  He maintains a private practice, working with clients from early adolescents through the elderly representing diverse racial and cultural backgrounds with a wide variety of presenting issues.  Although his practice is a general one, Dr. Ellis has particular expertise working with trauma, eating disorders, and medically-related disorders.  He conducts workshops for clinical supervisors nationally and internationally.  


Date Saturday 28 April 2018


Time 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Location Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room 1-490, 11405 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB



 Non-members: please complete this registration form and submit to or fax: 780-423-4048


Questions? Contact Brittany Stevenson, PAA Governance Officer, at: or 780-424-0294



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