Clinical Supervision: Old Controversies and New Dilemmas

Description: National organizations of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors have recently advocated specific courses in supervision for trainees their respective clinical disciplines. They have tended to frame supervision in terms of specific competencies or progressive skill sets, often measured via symptom reduction in the supervisee’s clients. They have also emphasized the importance of adapting supervision, like treatment, to areas of diversity. But there has been less attention to general developmental goals such as the supervisee’s overall professional and personal growth, and to areas of maturation that constitute progress in both therapist and patient. This workshop will contextualize clinical supervision historically, in light of empirical, clinical, and theoretical literature on the topic. It aims to be relevant to the practical and professional needs of both supervisors and supervisees.


Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 9:00am to 12:30pm







Cost: $120 general; $60 SDPC members, candidates, & students

Presenter Information

Bio: Nancy McWilliams is Visiting Professor Emerita of clinical psychology at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and practices in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994, rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004) and Psychoanalytic Supervision (2021) and is associate editor of both editions of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, 2017). A former president of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she has been featured in three APA videos of master clinicians. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. Her books are available in 20 languages, and she has taught in 30 countries.



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Cost: $120 general; $60 SDPC members, candidates, & students