Solution-Focused Clinical Supervision Certificate Program

An empowering approach for supervisors and supervisees 

Starts Sept. 2019 - all details below

Limited to 15 clinical supervisors

What is solution-focused supervision?

Solution-Focused Supervision is a dynamic way to integrate your current supervision practice with the language and core principles of solution-focused brief therapy designed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve DeShazer. It is a competency-based model that minimizes emphasis on past failings and problems, and instead focuses on strengths and previous successes of supervisees and clinical team members.  

Prerequisites and Eligibility

  • You must currently be a masters Level professional providing supervision to clinical staff.
  • You must be supervising at least 1 masters level clinician.
  • Please do not register for this program if you do not meet the above criteria.

Dates and Location

Horizons Health Services Corporate Headquarters.

Location:  

Horizon Health Services Corporate Headquarters

Horizon University Training Room

55 Dodge Road Getzville, NY 14068. (Thank you to Horizons for hosting the training location!)

Google Maps directions link

Dates:

8 sessions on Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day (total 24 hours)

  • 9/4/19
  • 9/25/19
  • 10/23/19
  • 11/13/19
  • 12/4/19
  •  1/8/20
  •  1/29/20
  •  2/12/20             

Description and Completion Requirements

What is a certificate program? A certificate program is a series of training hours on a topic area or treatment method. It is designed to advance your skills and knowledge. Completion does not represent that you have 'certification' or are 'certified'. You receive a frameable certificate of completion for the training if you meet all requirements, as well your applicable CEU certificate.

Program Description:

Limited to 15 clinical supervisors.  This 24-hour Sept. 2019 - Feb. 2020 certificate program is designed for staff who provide supervision to clinical staff. Clinical work is some of the most difficult and demanding forms of emotional labor.  Supervisors are constantly bombarded with the multiple needs of their staff, as well as the urgency of various clinical environments.  Traditional forms of supervision can often feel limiting and frustrating both for supervisees and supervisors alike.  

Using a solution-focused approach during clinical supervision can greatly increase the effectiveness of the supervision process and decrease burnout amongst staff.  By focusing attention on areas of competence and strength, supervisors will learn how to develop competent, positive, and energetic staff who provide high-quality services to their clients; to adapt solution-focused concepts into their practice of supervision with staff; and use process/record to increase self-awareness and demonstrate implementation of solution-focused skills with their supervisees throughout the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate a solution-focused approach to clinical supervision;
  • Identify the key differences between solution-focused supervision and traditional supervision models;
  • Use the 4 Pillars of solution-focused supervision;
  • Develop the ability to facilitate a solution-focused case conference;
  • Design a process of deliberate practice to maintain and advance your supervisees skill set;
  • Teach case conceptualization skills to staff from a solution-focused perspective;
  • Use solution-focused supervision in actual individual supervision sessions with staff and evidence tenants of solution-focused supervision.  

Completion Requirements: To successfully complete the certificate program, you are expected to:

  • Participate appropriately in discussions and class activities.
  • Complete any short readings or assignments between classes.
  • Meet full attendance requirements.
  • A frameable certificate of completion (not related to CEUs) will be issued at the end of the program to those who meet the requirements.
  • CEU hours earned will be issued as a separate certificate at the end of the program. Note: For CEUs (contact hours), full attendance is required; partial credit is not given for partial attendance.

Please note: We reserve the right to change and/or make substitutions in any part of the program.

Class Schedule and Content

This is a 24-hour professional development program. Full attendance is required; partial credit is not given for partial credit. Content Level: intermediate

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Recommended reading prior to the start of the program (available at amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com):

Handbook of Positive Supervision for Supervisors, Facilitators, and Peer Groups by Fredrike Bannink  2015

Strength-Based Clinical Supervision: A Positive Psychology Approach to Clinical Training by John C Wade PhD and Janice E. Jones PhD   2014

The Cycle of Excellence: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Supervision and Training 1st  by Tony Rousmaniere, Rodney K. Goodyear, Scott D. Miller, Bruce E. Wampold 2017

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PLEASE CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE BEFORE REGISTERING TO BE CERTAIN YOU CAN ATTEND ON THESE DATES.

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Class Schedule and Content:

Class 1: Introduction and Adapting the Solution-Focused Model to Supervision

Date and time: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Description: This session discusses the differences between traditional and SF approaches to supervision. Participants learn the foundations of SF Supervision and recognize the role of language when utilizing the SF approach.

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Class 2: The First Pillar of Solution-Focused Supervision: Goal Creation

Date and time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

Description: This session reviews three components of Hope Theory including destination, pathway thinking, and agency thinking (motivation for action).  Three SF applications will be presented to assist supervisors in increasing their supervisees engagement and involvement within the supervision process.

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Class 3: The Second Pillar of Solution-Focused Supervision: Finding Successes 

Date and time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: This session discusses strategies to locate “What is working” with supervisees and clinical teams.  Supervisors will learn how to locate and enhance exceptions with staff, and will be provided with 5 dynamic ways to build confidence and clinical competency. 

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Class 4: The Third Pillar of Solution-Focused Supervision: Growth Mindset

Date and time: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description:  Individuals will be presented with a research base and education on Growth Mindset and its applications to clinical supervision.  Participants will learn 5 effective ways to further progress with their staff as well as the usefulness of scaling questions to dissolve stagnation in the supervision process. 

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Class 5: The Fourth Pillar of Solution-Focused Supervision: Collaborative Reflection

Date and time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: This session answers the question of why some supervisors and supervises do supervision better than others.  We will review key differences in supervision and research supported methods to grow into a super-supervisor.  You will be provided with 4 applications for an enhanced reflection process in supervision. Participants will be introduced to feedback measures and learn how to use the Leeds Alliance in Supervision Scale. 

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Class 6: Designing a Solution-Focused Case Conference

Date and time: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: This session explores how to design and facilitate an SF case conference in your work environment.  You will gain skills to automate and ensure the advancement of your team’s case conceptualization skills, through the use of SF questions.

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Class 7: Engaging in Deliberate Practice

Date and time: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: This session teaches you how to develop a process for deliberate practice in your work site to maintain and encourage clinical skill development in your self and staff. 

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Class 8: Developing a Culture of Feedback

Date and time: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: This session teaches you how to end temptations to micro-manage and develop positive and intentional communication with your staff to optimize clinical decision making, and foster positive treatment outcomes.

Cost and Registration

Use this link for online credit, debit or eCheck registration.

Link for printable registration form - coming soon

Cost: $600 early bird discount by 8/1/19; $650 after 8/1/19. No additional discounts or discount certificates may be applied to the early bird price.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: No refunds after the start of the program. A $25 processing fee applies to refund requests made 10 business days prior to the start of the program. If the program should be canceled by UB, fees will be refunded in full.

Waiting List: Once the program is full, we will set up a waiting list should any cancellations occur. At that time, we will need your name, preferred email address and preferred phone number so that we can contact you quickly if an opening occurs. Please check your schedule to ensure you are available for the program dates before asking to be placed on the waiting list.

CEUs/Contact Hours

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 24 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 24 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 24 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 24 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS provider #0045 (addictions professionals): 24 hours approved for CASAC, CPP & CPS Renewal hours

Customer Service Contact Information

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5841.

Customer Service: We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5841.

Dan Lawson, LMHC, instructor.

Instructor

Dan Lawson, LMHC, is a solution-focused psychotherapist in private practice in Buffalo NY. During his decade long career in community mental health, he worked to pioneer and implement best practices in clinical supervision before leaving to work full-time in his private practice. Along with his private practice, he provides training and consulting to nonprofits, continuing education programs, businesses, schools, and government agencies.

What people say about Dan:

"This was a fantastic training! I really learned a lot of valuable, concrete things that I can take back and begin using immediately in my supervisory work.