Approved Supervisor Track

Approved Supervisor Track:

This track, presented by Toni Zimmerman, PhD, is designed to reach supervision candidates the 15-hour interactive component of the Fundamentals of Supervision designation. Dr. Zimmerman will lay the groundwork for participants to become Approved Supervisors through a series of didactic and interactive sessions that incorporate the nine learning objectives of the designation. A separate 15-hour didactic component is required to complete the full course requirement. To take the 15-hour didactic portion online through AAMFT, visit and select the Didactic ONLY option.

The sessions will be limited to full track participants to allow the presenter to deliver a more comprehensive and interactive learning experience. To learn more about the Approved Supervisor Designation or to download the Standards and Responsibilities Handbook go to

To attend the following session, select the Supervision Track option during registration.

Thursday, September 3

Exploration of the Complex Relationships in Supervision

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Supervisors must be well prepared to effectively manage the many co-evolving relationships inherent in doing supervision. Participants will explore these relationships including therapist-client, supervisor-therapist-client, and supervisor-supervisee, as well as relationships that exist in the place of practice, such as agencies. This workshop will address learning objectives 3 and 4. 

How to Most Effectively Use Supervision Modalities

2:15  - 4:15 p.m.
Effectively using a variety of supervision modalities is imperative for successful training of supervisees.  Participants will examine the structure and implementation of these modalities and how, when done thoughtfully, they can greatly enhance learning. This workshop will address learning objective 5. 

Friday, September 4

Mentoring as a Critical Component to Supervision

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Beyond the clinical supervision that is at the core of the supervisee-supervisor relationship, professional mentoring occurs. Participants will discuss this mentoring including socializing supervisees into the profession, coaching them concerning the requirements and procedures for obtaining licensure and AAMFT clinical memberships, and even how to effectively navigate the agencies where they work. This workshop will address learning objectives 6 and 9.

Contextual Sensitivity in the Practice of Supervision
2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Understanding and attending to contextual variables in supervision is imperative for effective practice. These contextual contexts include but are not limited to race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, culture, and the intersection of these. Understanding power and privilege related to both the practice of therapy and supervision is essential in order to “do no harm.” This seminar will address learning objective 7.

Saturday, September 5

Exploration of the Major Models of Supervision and the Development of a Personal Supervision Model

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
It is imperative that supervisors are familiar with the major models of supervision that are common in the literature and in the practice of MFT supervision. Participants will also engage in the development of their own personal model of supervision drawn from the established models and their preferred style of therapy.  This 5-hour pre-conference institute will address learning objectives 1 and 2. 

Sunday, September 6

Ethical and Legal Issues
 in the Practice of Supervision

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

It is imperative that supervisors are aware of the many distinct ethical and legal issues unique to the practice of supervision. This workshop will address learning objective 8.
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