7 Courses Required

Hawkins and Shohet (2012) describe clinical supervision as “a joint endeavour in which a practitioner with the help of a supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves as part of their client practitioner relationship and the wider systemic context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their client relationships, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession” 1 (p. 5).

The Clinical Supervision certificate is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists looking to delve deeper into the theories and models of supervision to improve their practice, better understand the supervisor/supervisee relationship and build their cultural competence. The certificate will also explore ethics in supervision, use of self and challenges of supervision.

1 Hawkins, P., & Shohet, R. (2012). EBOOK: Supervision in the Helping Professions. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).


Introduction to Clinical Supervision (or an approved equivalent) is a prerequisite to all other workshops and must be completed first. The remaining six workshops can be taken in any order. For information on approved equivalents, email fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca.


To complete the Clinical Supervision certificate, you must complete all seven workshops. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year or take up to seven years. You do not have to be working toward the Clinical Supervision certificate to take any of these workshops. 


Completing this Clinical Supervision certificate will not qualify you to practice therapy or register with any college or association, including the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please visit those websites for information on becoming a therapist in Ontario.


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


The Clinical Supervision certificate workshops are available remotely through Zoom.


For more information about this certificate contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Additional Details

Required fields are indicated by .