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  • Social Work
  • Psychology
 Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Jennifer S. Robohm, PhD (Original)
  • Mary E. Daly, EdD, LMSW, BSN (Revision)
Peer Reviewer(s): James J. Clark, LCSW, PhD
 Item#: B4220
 Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Ethics in Clinical Supervision: Classic Dilemmas and New Challenges

Price $29.95
Item # B4220
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 23, 2015

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

Clinical supervision is one of the crucial ways in which professions attempt to develop and ensure clinical competencies in their practitioners and impart ethical attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Most professional associations for psychotherapists and counselors have ethical codes and standards to guide clinical practice and, to some extent, the practice of clinical supervision. Despite the development and periodic revision of these ethics codes and guidelines, few supervisors have received formal training in supervision.

This intermediate-level course offers important information about the ethical practice of clinical supervision for social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and counselors. Designed to be applicable in various practice settings for clinicians who are currently providing supervision to trainees and other professionals, this course is also an excellent resource for supervisees and those considering becoming a supervisor. The course discusses the role of the supervisor in promoting and enhancing ethical practice in supervisees. The course describes the essential role of supervisors in their own profession’s reputation, their supervisee’s professional development, and client well-being.  Guidelines for enacting their critical functions of role model, instructor/mentor, and gatekeeper for public protection are provided.

The course then details classic ethical dilemmas such as supervisee evaluation and problems of professional competence, informed consent, confidentiality, work with children and families, issues of diversity, multiple relationships, and sexual issues.  In addition, the course also examines newer ethical quandaries such as the use of technology in the provision of supervision and a supervisor’s liability concerns.

Brief case examples throughout the course highlight the significant ethical challenges that commonly occur in the supervision relationship and an extended case example relates current decision-making models to the classic dilemma of adolescent confidentiality. The course also provides practical information including an ethical decision making model and references to the specific professional codes of ethics for social workers (NASW), marriage and family therapists (AAMFT), psychologists (APA), and counselors (NBCC.) 

  • Social Workers will receive 3 (Ethics) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives


  • Identify ethical and unethical practices in clinical supervision
  • Describe ways to promote ethical practice by clinical supervisors
  • Explain the critical functions of the ethically sound supervisor
  • Analyze significant ethical issues and dilemmas that may arise in clinical supervision
  • Differentiate legal and ethical implications of the supervisory role


Jennifer S. Robohm, PhD, is the director of the Clinical Psychology Center (CPC) at the University of Montana, a practicum training clinic for doctoral students in the clinical psychology program. Dr. Robohm provides clinical and administrative supervision for the CPC’s student therapists and consultation for the clinic’s supervisory staff. In addition, she has taught seminars on clinical supervision for students and for the clinical faculty. She has also been in private practice for more than 10 years. Dr. Robohm obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree from Yale College in 1989.

Mary E. Daly, EdD, LMSW, BSN, is the Social Work program director at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where her responsibilities include providing supervision for faculty, field supervisors, and students. She is an associate professor with more than 34 years of healthcare and human services experience. Dr. Daly received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Columbia University in 1981, an MSW from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1996, and a doctoral degree from the Binghamton University School of Education and Human Development in 2005. She has presented on the ethics of online communications and privacy management at National Association of Social Workers conferences in New York and Pennsylvania. 

James J. Clark, LCSW, PhD, is dean of the College of Social Work, Florida State University. He was director of the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati from 2012 to 2015, and associate dean for Research and associate director of the Center on Trauma and Children at the University of Kentucky (UK), where he served on the faculty from 1991 to 2012. Dr. Clark served as a faculty associate with the UK Bioethics Program as well as the Bioethics and Research Integrity Committee in the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Dr. Clark earned his master of social work degree in 1983 from UK and his doctoral degree in 1995 from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He has published in the areas of child maltreatment and substance misuse treatment, professional and research ethics, forensic mental health, consumer satisfaction, and psychobiography. He has presented on the topic of ethics for the National Association of Social Workers. 

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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