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Trans-Theoretical Essentials in Clinical Supervision

Presenters:
Chiachih Wang - University of North Texas
Ed Watkins - University of North Texas

Educational Topic: Supervision/Clinical Training

Abstract:
Dr. Watkins and Wang from UNT are the co-presenters for this supervision workshop. The trainers and educators of mental health profession have lacked for a common, unifying vision of supervision. In this workshop, Watkins will first consider an integrated vision of supervision: A common factors, common processes, common practices psychotherapy supervision perspective. He will (a) give attention to those critical commonalities that seemingly matter most across any and all forms of supervision and (b) propose a meaning making model that theoretically anchors and binds those very commonalities together. Watkins will share with the audiences how he sees everything supervision as being fundamentally and foundationally commonalities inspired, commonalities informed, and commonalities infused and why it practically matters. In the second part of the workshop, Wang will focus on a growth-enhancing supervision framework in which the distinct needs of supervisees at different developmental stages and some useful dos and don'ts to enhance trainees' clinical competences and multicultural awareness will be discussed. Attendees who already have preliminary supervisory experiences will benefit most from this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • The learners will be able to describe the commonalities-informed vision of supervision
  • The learners will be able to describe the distinct needs associated with trainees of different developmental stages

C. Edward Watkins, Jr. 


C. Edward Watkins, Jr., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of North Texas. His primary clinical supervision interests focus on psychoanalytic, trans-theoretical, and common factors perspectives. He is editor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Supervision (1997) and co-editor (with Derek Milne) of the Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision (2014).


Chiachih Wang

Chiachih DC Wang, Ph.D., licensed psychologist; Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program at UNT; Dr. Wang has taught several graduate level courses, including Counseling Theories and Methods and Advanced Practicum; he has been involved in training programs and clinical supervision activities for both master’s level mental health counselors and doctoral level psychologists for 13 years; he has 30+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters addressing topics including clinical supervision, integration of cultural issues and psychotherapy, and cross-cultural attachment behaviors.    


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