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Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate

Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate

The Program

The Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program is designed for the seasoned supervisor who has three years or more post-graduate supervisory experience and currently holds a supervisory position.

The program consists of two week-long academic sessions of intensive coursework in July at the Smith College School for Social Work. Content presented will be both didactic and focused on student case materials. Between the two academic sessions, participants will apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities.

Students will receive consultation on their work through monthly online discussion forums. These discussions will focus on student case submissions and also be used to respond to participants' issues and concerns about supervision.

Well trained, experienced clinical supervisors are crucial for developing and sustaining excellence in clinical social work practice. Changes in the context of practice have decreased support for, and increased stresses on supervisors. Managed care and budget cuts have eliminated not only supervisory positions, but also support for advanced training for the supervisors who remain.

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At the same time, licensing boards across the country are requiring weekly supervision for all social workers who provide clinical services.

In response to these changes, and in light of its commitment to developing exceptional clinical skills, the Smith College School for Social Work is pleased to offer a certificate program in Advanced Clinical Supervision. The program is designed to help clinicians:

  • conceptualize clinical practice by using multiple theoretical frameworks in the context of the supervisory relationship
  • understand and achieve in-depth supervisory skills
  • enhance clinician's use of self in the supervisory relationship
  • develop the capacity to adapt supervisory skills within the current context of practice

The unique design of the curriculum makes the program accessible to those currently supervising clinical staff or students and to those providing supervision on a consultative basis to agencies and or to clinicians in private practice.


The Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Supervision carries 62 continuing education credits.

Program Dates

Session I: July 25-29, 2016
Session II: July 31-August 4, 2017

Classes are held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This program is wheelchair accessible. For disability access information or accommodations requests, please call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or email at least 10 days before the event.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of a master's degree in social work and three years of supervisory experience in a clinical setting is required. Applicants must be currently providing supervision to either staff, students or on a consultation basis to agencies or others in private practice. Applicants with master's degrees from other mental health professions will be considered.


Between the two academic sessions, participants will be expected to apply theory and knowledge gained from the summer session in their current professional supervisory capacities. Students will receive consultation on their work through bi-monthly conference calls.

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Morning sessions will cover a variety of important issues related to clinical supervision, while afternoon sessions will be structured as case-based integrative seminars. These seminars will break into small working groups based on the primary areas of the particpants' work and allow for in-depth consideration of challenges in supervision. Coursework is designed to give participants a comprehensive introduction and orientation to supervisory issues.

Focus Areas

Conceptualization of Supervision

In this series of sessions, students will review theories that shape supervision and clinical practice. Current learning theory by scholars such as Vygotsky and Bruner, developmental models of learning in social work, adult learning theory and differences in learning styles will be discussed as they affect the process of supervision. Theories informing current models of clinical practice will be reviewed as a means of assisting supervisors in reconceptualizing their own practice, a necessary step in the effective supervision of others.

Crucial Issues in Supervision

In this series of sessions, students will consider the ethical and legal issues in the supervisory relationship and the requirements of both the profession and the agency. The impact of the context in which supervision is provided, both macro (social, political, economic) and micro (agency), will be discussed. Finally, the instructor will discuss with participants professional leadership opportunities in clinical supervision through scholarly contributions and research.

Dynamic Processes and the Supervisory Relationship

Students will expand their understanding of the central dynamic processes in supervision including: self-awareness/self-reflection; parallel process; transference/countertransference; internalization; dealing with affect; and the management of ambiguity. Additionally, the supervisory relationship itself will be evaluated for the differential use of self, management of diversity and the different roles possible in supervision (i.e., modeling, teaching, etc.). Significant attention will be focused on issues of difference between the client and worker, between the supervisor and supervisee, and or between the supervisor and client. Lastly in this series of sessions, participants will look at the impact of the issues of power/authority and boundaries.

Case-Based Integrative Seminars

Case-based seminars provide a core of the certificate program and are offered each afternoon throughout both sessions. The seminars will respond to the specific learning needs of students. Participants will be broken into smaller groups based on their primary supervisory roles. Discussion will center on cases brought in for discussion by participants.

Contributing Faculty

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Catherine Nye, Ph.D.

Dr. Nye is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Advanced Clinical Supervision Program at Smith College School for Social Work. She has published on the processes of learning and development in supervision and has worked and done research internationally. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Southeast Asia and taught supervision to Greek and Turkish psychologists in Cyprus. Dr Nye is currently involved in research and collaboration with social workers in northern Thailand, where she has established and advises field placements for Smith MSW students.

Susan Bliss, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Bliss received her B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work. She has been practicing clinical social work for over twenty-five years. She has been a field supervisor, and has worked as a supervisor in a therapeutic boarding school, and as the director of child and adolescent services at an outpatient social service agency. She also supervised students at the Tavistock Clinic in London, England, where she worked part-time for several years.  Dr. Bliss has been teaching for over fifteen years, and is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y. where she also teaches in the Fordham University/Molloy College M.S.W. program. Dr. Bliss maintains a private practice in Ridgefield, CT.

Lea Brown, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Brown has been a clinical supervisor of infant-parent psychotherapy and daycare consultation for the past ten years to both staff and interns at the UCSF Infant-Parent Program. She also provides direct services in dyadic psychotherapy, community training, and daycare consultation through our program and in private practice. Ms. Brown has twenty years of experience encompassing individual, child, and family psychotherapy and supervision with specialties in grief counseling, divorce impasses, and the needs of young children. Past clinical venues include the Center for the Family in Transition--brief treatment model, Ann Martin Center--family guidance model, Travis Air Force Base Medical Center, and Napa State Hospital.

Catherine Clancy, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Clancy is the Training Director of Social Work Practice at the Michael E. DeBakey, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Houston, Texas . She also maintains a private clinical, educational, and consulting practice in Houston. She has served as Adjunct Instructor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work; Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Medicine at Baylor College School of Medicine; Consultant to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners; and Field Instructor at Smith College School for Social Work.

Patricia Hertz, L.I.C.S.W.

Pat Hertz graduated from the Smith College School for Social Work in 1982. She worked in community mental health for many years before becoming the Director of Training in the social work department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has provided clinical consultation and supervision to mental health agencies and college counseling centers, and is currently a clinical consultant at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Big Apple Clown Care Unit. She has taught at the Simmons College School for Social Work and the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and is an adjunct professor at the Smith College School for Social Work.
Pat maintains a private practice in the Boston area, in which she treats adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is also a co-editor of the book Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Psychopathology in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts.

Laurie E. Herzog,  Ph.D., P.C.

Dr. Herzog earned her M.S.W.​ (1985) ​ and her Ph.D. ​(1997) ​from the Smith College School for Social Work. She began her career working in community mental health with young children and families, and later with adolescents and adults. Dr. Herzog maintains a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, providing psychotherapy and clinical consultation. For more than twenty years, Dr. Herzog has been a Faculty Field Advisor and an adjunct professor at the Smith College School for Social Work, teaching in the Practice and Human Behavior in the Social Environment sequences.

Lourdes Mattei, Ph.D.

Lourdes Mattei, is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Hampshire College. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
She has worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings such as academia, community mental health, private practice, and the theater.
Her interests include psychoanalytic theory and practice, child development, cross-cultural psychology, women's studies, theater, and Puerto Rican culture.

Andrew, Pollock, M.Ed.

Most of Andy’s 40 year career in human services management was spent at the Cutchins Programs for Children and Families, a local children’s mental health agency. As Director of Program Operations, he was a founder of both of the agency’s residential treatment programs and the special education school. He also served as the Executive Director from 2000 until his retirement in 2011. Andy holds a Bachelors degree from Middlebury College and a M.Ed. in human services administration from Antioch University.

Lynn Rosenfield, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Professor Rosenfield received her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in 1976 and has completed a certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where she lives. She has been in private practice since 1983, providing psychotherapy, divorce mediation services, consultation and supervision. She is also an FFA (Faculty/Field Advisor) for Smith social work students who are placed in LA, and she co-facilitates their monthly integrative seminar.Earlier in her career, she organized a runaway house for homeless youth and worked with both the adolescents and their families. She was a staff clinical social worker at The Child Guidance Clinic in Springfield, MA and was the director of a branch office of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. For ten years, she volunteered as a clinical supervisor for Psychotherapy Services, a low-fee treatment program that is under the aegis of The Sanville Institute. The therapy is provided by MSW's who volunteer their services in exchange for hours toward their license.

Tuition & Fees

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Application fee: $40 (due with application materials)

Tuition deposit: $300 (due with acceptance to confirm enrollment; the deposit is credited to the full tuition bill)

2015-16 tuition: $2,400*

*Tuition can be paid in full or in two payments of $1,150 (half before the first session and half before the second session).

Agency discount

Agencies sponsoring three or more students will receive a five percent tuition discount per applicant.

Refund Policy

The $40 application fee is nonrefundable. Because program decisions are based on class size, tuition refund deposits cannot be considered.


The Smith College School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any program which is undersubscribed. In the case of cancellation, all tuition fees paid will be reimbursed in full. The School also reserves the right to modify certificate content as appropriate.


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The School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any program which is undersubscribed. The school also reserves the right to modify certificate content as appropriate.