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Independent Study Guides (Wkb A & B) – Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession: Structured Readings in Clinical Supervision

Workbook A – Academic Journal Articles and Chapters

Workbook B – Readings from Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession Manual (Shepard, Martin, & Robinson, (Eds.), 2016) – Please note that it is possible to purchase this Workbook as a package with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession Manual – see  publication order form for more details.

Two independent study guides for the counselling and psychotherapy profession provide structured readings in clinical supervision. Contents are structured to align to general competency areas and include an estimate of the time to complete the reading and response items (30 hours per Workbook).

The structured readings are designed for optimal flexibility for use in the classroom, to fulfil continuing education credits, and to fulfil personal goals in clinical supervision.

Note: Depending on the unique requirements of specific credentialing authorities, completing the Workbook activities may partially fulfil directed learning criteria for demonstrating competence in providing clinical supervision. Individual regulatory colleges or associations determine the degree to which Workbook activities may be acceptable. This includes decisions related to the potential submission of reader response items and the number of readings, among other considerations.

Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession (Handbook)

This Handbook is designed to support supervisors and their supervisees as they develop a positive working relationship that is simultaneously collegial, informative, timely, helpful, and developmental.  Throughout this document you will find:

  • Supervision requirements of regulatory colleges
  • Roles and responsibilities of supervisors and supervisees
  • Challenges in supervisory relationships
  • Models and methods of supervision
  • Legal and ethical issues in supervision
  • Competency-based evaluation techniques
  • Forms, templates, and supportive websites

Author Dr. Blythe Shepard

Blythe Shepard, Ph.D. is of British and Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) ancestry and is a professor in Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. She served on the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Board and Executive for 10 years and is now a President Emerita. She is a member of the BC Task Group/FACTBC responsible for the creation and revision of entry to practice competencies for counsellors. In 2018, she co-chaired the CCPA Clinical Supervision Competency Framework project and the CCPA National Clinical Supervision Symposium. She is currently the chair of the CCPA Advancement of Clinical Supervision Committee and co-chairs the Canadian Certified Counsellor-Supervisor Certification Committee.

Shepard, B. (2020). Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession

This textbook has its genesis in more than a decade of pan-Canadian discussion and discourse pertaining to clinical supervision for the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. In particular, we have been attentive to ensuring that the evolution of clinical supervision in the Canadian context is attuned to our demographic, geographic, and professional practice realities. The three editors have taken on leadership roles in the counselling and psychotherapy profession, engaging in initiatives related to professional competency, assessment, ethics, and clinical supervision, and their ongoing intersection. It is with a view to supporting clinical supervision as a recognized and respected specialty area of practice that the Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession was borne and outreach for contributions from leading Canadian researchers, counsellor educators, and authors was nurtured. The textbook contains a total of nineteen chapters, each of which offers diverse perspectives and insights into the current state of, and recommended practices for, clinical supervision in Canada. Our intention is to make available a text that is truly helpful to practitioners of supervision and that will provide a basis for them to develop their own well-informed and well-articulated approach to clinical supervision.

Throughout this book, you will find:

  • The Art and Practice of Supervision: Supporting the Development of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Supervision Requirements of Regulatory Colleges and Canadian Professional Associations
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations and Practices in Clinical Supervision
  • Training and Supervision of Clinical Supervisors
  • Models of Supervision
  • Clinical Supervision: Modalities and Methods
  • Acknowledgement and Generativity in Reflective Group Supervision
  • Metaphoric Case Supervision
  • Feminist Supervision
  • Supervision of School Counsellors: An Evolving Practice
  • Supervision of Counselling Students in the Indigenous Community: “Spiritualizing and Not Pathologizing”
  • Career Supervision
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Supervision
  • Navigating Difference and Diversity in the Supervisory Relationship
  • Culture-Infused Counselling Supervision: Applying Concepts in Supervision Practices
  • eSupervision: Challenges of Text-based Clinical Supervision in an online World
  • Tensions in Counsellor Supervision and Supervisory Self-Care
  • Direct Supervision from Students’ Perspectives
  • Evaluating Outcomes in Supervision Conversations: Recognizing and Assessing Professional Developments from Within the Supervisory Relationship
  • Looking forward

Shepard, B., Martin, L., & Robinson, B. (Eds.). (2016). Clinical supervision of the Canadian counselling and psychotherapy profession. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Supervision Vignettes

The latest CCPA book on supervision, Clinical Supervision Vignettes: Promoting Competency Through Reflective Practice, is a collection of 45 clinical supervision case studies divided into nine topics. At the end of each vignette, reflective questions, activities, and readings help guide reflection and conversation around the given topic. The vignettes are intended to provide space for reflection, acknowledgement of biases, review and application of ethical codes and standards of practice, and practical takeaways that can be applied to enhance one’s supervision practice and can be used in a variety of contexts including group supervision, peer consultation, supervision of supervision, self-directed study, and for obtaining continuing education credits.