The Certified Supervision Professional (CSP) program is based on a 120-hour training designed to introduce counselors, as well as other professionals (psychologists, social workers, human resources specialists, managers) and paraprofessionals (GCDF career specialists) to this domain. It is founded on the belief that general knowledge of theory and skills pertaining to this domain, combined with practice, can help practitioners at any stage of their development to gain a basic level of competencies pertaining to supervision.
The curriculum for this training is “Basics of Supervision in Helping Professions”.
Core areas of competency
1. Purposes of supervision
2. Theoretical frameworks and models of supervision
3. Types of supervision
4. Roles and relationships in supervision
5. Legal and ethical issues in supervision
6. Multicultural issues in supervision
7. Supervision interventions
8. Professional development of supervisees
The areas of competency are addressed by using a variety of instructional methods throughout the following stages of the training, across three months:
1. Distance Training
This stage is designed according to the principles of distance learning and it lasts for six weeks.
It focuses on readings and working on assignments that encourage reflectivity. Continuous communication between the instructor and the participants, both as a group and as individuals, is fostered.
Participants receive feedback on their assignments and are expected to bring their experiences from this stage in the next phase of the training.
2. Face to Face Workshop
The second stage of the training is designed for 24 hours (four days, six hours per day).
The learning process during this 24-hour workshop is designed to model for participants the group supervision experience.
The interactions are face to face and there is a strong focus on practice and discussions, as a mean to encourage participants to learn to think like supervisors.
3. Distance Training, Supervision Practice and Evaluation
The final stage of this program takes place in the six weeks following the in-class training.
Participants have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills in practice and to receive feedback from the instructor. The communication with the instructor is maintained by e-mail and videoconference meetings.
The maximum recommended number of participants is nine and the minimum is six.
The following are the basic criteria for evaluation:
- Familiarity with the content of the “Basics of Supervision in Helping Professions” curriculum, as demonstrated in the assignments (distance training), as well in the comments and questions (face to face workshop)
- Active participation in the group during the face to face workshop
- Reflectivity, as demonstrated in assignments, questions, self-critique, comments (all stages of training)
- Initiative in clarifying any situations, in finding a supervisee, in setting appointments with the instructor for the supervision of supervision session
- Basic supervision skills, as practiced in the face to face workshop and displayed in the supervision practice with clients