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Online Fundamentals of Supervision Course

AAMFT Approved Supervisors ensure a learning environment that is supportive and nurturing while providing therapists and trainees access to the latest innovations in the field. 

Completion of the Fundamental Course:

As part of the application process, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) who are either AAMFT Clinical Fellows or AAMFT Pre-Clinical Fellows must complete a 30-credit Fundamentals of Supervision course in order to receive the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. This course is comprised of a 15-credit didactic portion, a 15-credit interactive portion, and a personal philosophy of supervision paper. 

The personal philosophy of supervision paper is to be completed after both of the course components are finished and will be evaluated by the didactic course instructor. The complete course, both didactic and interactive portions, must be completed within 18 months of registration and completed within 5 years of application for the Approved Supervisor designation. No extensions will be granted.

As of July 1, 2015, the 15-credit didactic course is offered exclusively through AAMFT. If you completed a supervision course prior to that date through another provider, you are welcome to contact central@aamft.org to make sure we can still accept that course toward your designation. If you have not completed a supervision course through the other provider by that time, you will need to retake the 30-hour course.

For more information on the Approved Supervision Program and its requirements,  please refer to the AAMFT Approved Supervision Handbook

Options for Course Completion:

AAMFT offers many different options for course completion that will best fit your particular needs of becoming an Approved Supervisor. This will help you compare options and choose which option is right for you. 

We ask that you please use a headset, earbuds, or any type of personal earphone for the interactive portion of this class. Access and use of a webcam is required for this session, and lack thereof may result in removal from the session. Please be sure to test using the equipment (i.e. computer, browser, headset, etc.) that you are planning to use to complete the course. Access to interactive webinars needs to be from a non-distracting, private place because of confidentiality and security. Please avoid accessing the interactive webinars from public areas (coffeehouses, restaurants, etc.). Please e-mail learning@aamft.org for any questions regarding this.

 Click here to access the didactic portion of your course! 

For the best user experience, please use either Google Chrome or Safari when accessing your course.

PLEASE NOTE: Please register for the interactive session that ties to your didactic course. For example, if you register for the Principles and Practices didactic course, you will need to take an interactive session in that same course. AAMFT will try to meet the high demand for these courses by continually adding new dates and times. However, due to limited availability, early registration is strongly recommended.

Didactic Instructors: Thorana Nelson, PhD and Georgie Winter, PhD

Course Description: This course is taught from a systemic/relational perspective and covers a breadth of generalist ideas. That is, rather than “teach” supervision or supervise therapy from a particular perspective (modernist, postmodernist, constructionist, developmental, clinical), the course covers the basics for a number of perspectives that may fit the course participants’ ideas and worldviews. Through presentations, readings, short reflection papers, and an online, face-to-face, interactive series of 5 sessions, the course allows students a number of perspectives related to the purpose and goals of supervision within AAMFT supervision course guidelines. These include helping training therapists with ensuring client care, mastering competencies (both core and approach-specific), self-of-the-therapist and self-of-the-supervisor, context-sensitive, therapist professional growth, and other purposes as the supervisor and training therapist identify as individual supervisory systems. The course instructors are, themselves, constructionist in perspective, but teach and supervise a variety of perspectives and therapy/supervision approaches.

NOTE: There is a textbook requirement for all options of the Fundamentals of Supervision course. This text is sold separately and NOT included in the price of the course.

Online Full 30-hour Course (Option A)

Ideal for: Candidates for the Approved Supervisor designation, and like the convenience of completing the course completely online.


All sessions of the full 30-hour online course are sold out. Our next set of these courses will be taking place in January - March 2017, and registration for these courses will open at the end of November 2016. To be placed on the wait list for the January - March courses, please e-mail AAMFT Learning

Continuing Education: 30 CEU will be received after full completion of this option. Please keep in mind that this is a course, not a workshop.

Cost: $595 due at registration


Online 15-hour Didactic Course (Option B)

Ideal for: Those who plan to complete the 15-hour interactive course through the AAMFT Annual Conference or another pre-approved interactive course. 

Timing: Complete online, on-demand within 18 months of registration.

Continuing Education: 15 CEU will be received after full completion of this option. Please keep in mind that this is a course, not a workshop.

Cost: $350 due at registration


Online 15-hour Interactive Course (Option C)

Ideal for: Those who have completed or plan to concurrently complete the 15-hour didactic course through AAMFT or another pre-approved instructor, and like the convenience of an online interactive session. Both portions of the course must be completed within 18 months of registering for the first course.


  • Mondays, October 17 – November 14, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 
  • Tuesdays, November 22 – December 20, 2016 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET 

Continuing Education: 15 CEU will be received after full completion of this option. Please keep in mind that in order to receive your AAMFT Approved Supervisor Designation, you will need to register for and complete Option B - or the didactic portion - of the course.

Cost: $375 due at registration



AAMFT is more than happy to provide visual and audio accommodations for those interested in taking this course. If you require accommodations to take this course, please contact learning@aamft.org at least three weeks before your interactive session.

Technical Requirements for Interactive Portions:

Technical requirements for the online discussion groups are listed below. It is your responsibility to ensure your computer system meets these needs prior to your discussion group's session.

To ensure that the course starts smoothly and on-time, please test the system that you are planning to use for the course by clicking on this test link. If this is your first time accessing a BlueJeans meeting, you will likely need to give permission/allow your browser to download the plug-in. This helpful PDF can walk you through the process of downloading the plug-in and allowing its use on your computer. If you are having any technical issues or would like to further test your system, please contact your education coordinator at learning@aamft.org.

  • Internet connection with cable modem, DSL or better.
  • Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server, or Mac OS® X 10.5 Leapord® or later. Dual core 2.4 GHz CPU or faster with at least 2 GB of RAM.
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or later, Google Chrome 5.0 or later or Safari® 3.0 or later.
  • 700Kbps or more bandwidth recommended per participant for simultaneous screen sharing, audio and video conferencing.
  • Webcam

Cancellation Policy:

In case of circumstances beyond its control, the AAMFT reserves the right to make necessary changes in presenters and content of all AAMFT Fundamentals of Supervision courses and options.

Didactic Courses - Cancellations are subject to a full refund within 2 weeks of the initial purchase date.

Interactive Courses - Due to the limited availability of spaces in both the online and in-person Approved Supervision courses, cancellations and any subsequent request for refund must be made 30 days prior to the start of your scheduled interactive session. Cancellations made within 30 days of the course, will be eligible for a 25% refund. Requests to move your registration to another class time is subject to availability of classes and will be subject to a $50 administrative fee.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing, and can be sent to central@aamft.org.

If you have questions regarding the Approved Supervision designation, please email central@aamft.org.

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