Grasping Fog: The Reflective Use of Self and Its Application in Social Work Supervision

The supervisory relationship presents some unique challenges and opportunities involving effective use of self. Supervisors are frequently confronted with situations that may evoke strong personal reactions. This course will help participants develop a meaningful and accessible way to conceptualize, apply, and describe the process of “use of self” to themselves and their supervisors.

This course will utilize didactic input and experiential learning, participants will explore how the whole person of the supervisor can be effectively engaged in the way supervision is provided. Strategies for managing obstacles will be introduced, including self-insight, self-integration, empathy, anxiety management, and conceptualizing skills.

Participants in this course will learn to:

  • Identify personal attributes, beliefs, and potential triggers that influence the ways they function as a professional supervisor
  • Examine important ethical and clinical consequence of self-awareness and self- influence on supervisory effectiveness
  • Apply tools for identifying and evaluating reactions to supervisees
  • Recognize how interpersonal dynamics in the supervisory relationship are often replicated in the supervisees relationships with clients
  • Employ strategies for addressing personal insecurities that may limit supervisory effectiveness
  • Understand how the supervisor’s use of self can be a catalyst for professional growth and improved performance by the supervisee

Counts as Required course for Supervision Certificate Program

*Each class this year will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.

Instructor: Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW

Date(s): 07/15/2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CEUs: 6 CEUs

Cost: $150

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