NASW Virginia State Approved Supervision Courses

The following courses, offered by NASW Virginia, meet the training requirements mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for social work licensure. The Core Clinical Supervision Training meets the full 14-hour requirement, while the supplemental courses are available for 7 CE hours each. The Virginia Board of Counseling recently updated their regulations for LPC and LMFT licensure, however, now stating: 

  • For LPC and LMFT licensure, your supervisor must hold an active, unrestricted license as a LPC or LMFT only, in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided. At least 100 of the supervision hours must be supervised by a LPC. **Previously approved supervisors who are substance abuse treatment practitioners, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists can provide supervision until August 24, 2017. 

Core Clinical Supervision (14 CE Hours, including 2 Ethics)

This comprehensive 14-hour seminar addresses the most critical issues for the clinical supervisor in social work. Through presentation, large group and small group discussions, the following aspects of supervision will be explored in this training:

  • The purpose, role, and function of supervision
  • Theories and models of supervision
  • Oversight and guidance of supervisees, who diagnose, create treatment plans, and treat clients
  • Individual and group supervision facilitation
  • Parallel process and the importance of modeling strengths-based principles in supervision
  • Ethical issues that arise in supervision


Crafting Successful Group Supervision: Theory, Practice, & Reality (7 CE Hours)

Conducting clinical supervision in a group setting brings richness and a different energy to the process than one-on-one supervision. Do you have the tools to be successful? You have the supervisees, and a site to meet, but what comes next? Do you have the skills, the competencies, and the knowledge of today’s best practice models?

Attendees will:

  • Review the impact of the new regulations
  • Review best practice regarding contracting, record-keeping and regulatory compliance
  • Review ethical implications for consideration with Group processes
  • Examine common challenges to prepare for, including transference and counter-transference in group settings, confidentiality considerations, and how to manage group processes
  • Review specific Group Supervision models to firm your foundation including Interactional, Competency-Based, Task and Reflective methodologies of practice



From Cultural Awareness to Competence in Clinical Supervision: Knowledge, Self-Reflection, Power Communication & Practice (7 Ethics Hours)

This workshop identifies critical knowledge, behavioral aspects and practice strategies for successful multicultural supervision. The course addresses the range of attitudes, values and assumptions that are based on cultural, ethnic, gender, racial and other interpersonal differences that facilitate or impede effective supervisor-supervisee interactions and successful relationship outcomes. The presentation includes didactic and experiential learning opportunities with a focus on:

  • Identification of key theoretical concepts of multicultural perspectives
  • Self-reflection and interpersonal multi-cultural sensitivity
  • Evidence-based multicultural communication skills
  • Strategic supervision practice strategies to enhance multicultural supervision processes



Match Point: Overcoming the Games Played in Supervision (7 CE Hours, including 2 Ethics)

It is the task of the supervisor to ensure that supervision is designed to foster a supportive and nurturing supervisor and supervisee relationship. This relationship is the context for facilitating a supervisee to acquire knowledge based competencies and healthy professional attitudes and values. Best practices in social work clinical supervision underscore that a strong supervisory alliance is essential to foster supervisee growth. However, there can be many relational challenges in supervision evident in the variety of games that can be played by either the supervisor or the supervisee. This workshop will overview these games, highlight the power imbalance that exists in the supervisory relationship and identify strategies that can be used to best respond to games in supervision.



  • To identify common games and relationship challenges that may occur in clinical supervision;
  • To distinguish supervisor games from supervisee games and describe complementary transactions;
  • To identify strategies that supervisors can use to effectively confront games and enhance the supervisory process;
  • To provide opportunity for self- reflection and increased awareness of personal game playing.



Independent Clinical Supervision: Current Best Practices and Managing Vicarious Liability (7 Ethics Hours)

Regulations for clinical social work supervision have increased both supervisory accountability and liability for competent practice across the country, especially in the Commonwealth of Virginia. High quality supervision and competent clinical supervisors are actively being sought out by the next generation of clinical professionals. While employers strive to provide the requisite supervision hours mandated by boards, not all are in an organizational or fiscal position to do so. As a result, the demand for Independent Clinical Supervision is on the rise.


Amid the challenging social work practice climate, what must practitioners engaging in the exciting practice arena of Independent Clinical Supervision know to assure a successful professional experience?  From established resources of practice accountability to the formulation of supervision contracts, this interactive training will both educate and empower attendees. Plan to attend and gain the knowledge and confidence to master your own independent supervisory processes!


At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the essential requirements of independent clinical supervision practice.
  • Understand vicarious liability in the independent clinical supervision process.
  • Recognize how evaluation is integral to the independent supervision process.