The Supervision Training Program comprises a one-year curriculum which provides experienced supervisors and those interested in psychotherapy supervision a background in the theory and practice of supervision from a psychodynamic perspective, and provides an opportunity to look more deeply into the complexity of constructing a positive supervisory environment. For many decades, standard practice was that any credentialed psychotherapist could be a supervisor. Traditionally, most supervisors, from the newly minted through the advanced professional, have had to invent their own versions of supervision, cobbled together from the bits and pieces of their own supervisory experiences, without grounding in theory or practical guidance. Recently, as people have looked at the teaching and learning of psychotherapy, supervision has taken on a focus of its own, as more than just a client-centered experience or an extension of the psychotherapeutic process.

This program provides a comprehensive view of the overlaps and differences between supervision and psychotherapy, and examines how conscious and unconscious forces, both within and between supervisor and supervisee, must be addressed for the supervisory experience to be effective.

This course satisfies the training requirement of the social work boards of Maryland and Virginia mandated for those social workers who supervise candidates for social work licensure.


The Program consists of eight three-hour, once-monthly meetings, each devoted to a different topic. The first half of each session is a didactic and clinical exploration of that day’s topic led by members of the faculty, who are experienced supervisors. The second part is an ongoing, experiential supervision group led by one faculty member for the entire year.


  • Models of Supervision and Establishing the Supervisory Contract
  • The Supervisory Relationship
  • Gender, Race and Culture
  • Anxiety and Esteem in Supervisor and Supervisee
  • Manifestations of the Unconscious in Supervision
  • Negative Supervisory Experience
  • Professional and Ethical Issues
  • Termination Issues

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Conduct supervision using an affectively-based model, paying attention to the conscious and unconscious material that arises, with a deeper understanding of unconscious processes at work in the client/therapist relationship.
  2. Apply knowledge of these processes, with their related theoretical concepts and techniques, to understanding and thinking about impasses in the supervision and in the cases they are supervising.
  3. Identify the ways in which cultural differences can influence the supervisory alliance.



Classes meet on a monthly basis from 9:00 am to 12:00pm on Saturday mornings from October through May at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  All classes will be virtual for 2020-21.

The dates for 2020-21 are:

  • Oct. 3, 2020
  • Nov. 14
  • Dec. 12
  • Jan. 9, 2021
  • Feb. 6
  • Mar. 6
  • Apr. 3
  • May 8

Eligibility & Selection

Students must be licensed in a mental health discipline, and be working in a supervisory capacity or have had supervisory experience. The selection process for each applicant will begin as soon as the application is received. Applications will be processed until the class is filled. Classes have typically had more applicants than there is space available, so early submission will maximize the likelihood that the application will receive consideration. Selection of students is done on an individual basis.  For further information contact William G. Pinney, Ph.D. at or, by phone at (202) 296-7033.


Tuition for the academic year is $720. The $50 application fee is nonrefundable.

Limited scholarship money may be available, based on need and merit. 


William Pinney, PhD, Chair
Sarah Hedlund, PhD
Jane Prelinger, MSW
Jonathan Stillerman, PhD
Cherian Verghese, PhD
Barry Wepman, PhD
Katharine Marshall Woods, PsyD 



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