Social Work Supervision: Quantity and quality


Kenya Anderson, LCSW


Laura Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW
Nancy Gordon, LCSW

This session will include critical competencies for the supervisor of post-education/pre-licensed individuals as well as the competencies for supervising the sanctioned licensee. Presenters will also address supervising social workers as a component of lifelong learning.

Learning objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. List at least two competencies needed for supervising social work students.
  2. List at least two competencies for supervising candidates for licensure.
  3. Identify supervision strategies to build competency with social workers who have been sanctioned.
  4. Identify common supervision issues that interfere with social work competency.

Presenter information:

Nancy Gordon, LCSW, has been supervising MSW students and master’s-level social workers and mental health counselors toward their licensure and beyond for more than 30 years. She has been a volunteer faculty member at University of Southern Florida, supervising psychiatry residents at the department of psychiatry. She was associate professor at Smith College for social work and has been a clinical director of many programs supervising all levels of staff. Her focus is on training therapists in evidence-based treatments. She consults with and provides training to therapists all over the country. She founded Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Inc., a training and treatment center.

Laura Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW, is the clinical assistant professor and director of MSW field placements at the University of Memphis department of social work. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 16 years and is currently licensed in the state of Tennessee. Dr. Taylor has served as a supervisor to social work students and professionals for 15 years. She runs a small clinical practice providing the following services: individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults, supervision to master’s-level social workers pursuing clinical licensure, exam preparation to social workers seeking Masters and Clinical licensure, and consultation to practitioners and agencies. Her specific interests are in clinical process and technique and licensure supervision.


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