Supervisor Competence: Communitarian Ethics & Our Responsibilities for Self- and Colleague-Care

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Presented by Dr. Rebecca Schwartz-Mette

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Competent supervisors exhibit the requisite knowledge, awareness, and skills within the unique professional competency of clinical supervision. Yet most supervisors have not received formal training in supervision and “learn on the job.” This workshop presents foundational information regarding competency-based supervision, and participants will learn best practices for assessing and improving supervisory competencies. The central roles of communitarian ethics, self-care, and colleague care will be highlighted throughout.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the importance of competency-based clinical supervision.
  • Identify best practices for assessing supervisory competence.
  • Recognize the central roles of communitarian ethics, self-care, and colleague-care in building supervisory competence.
  • Apply knowledge gained to generate practical strategies to develop, enhance, and maintain supervisory competence.

Presented by Dr. Rebecca Schwartz-Mette

Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, Ph.D., is nationally recognized for her contributions to scholarship in the areas of ethics and training, as well as NIMH-funded research on adolescent peer relationships and psychopathology. She is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where she trains and supervises doctoral students in research and clinical practice. Her research on professional practice focuses on ethics and competency in psychologists, with a particular focus on working with trainees with competence problems. Dr. Schwartz-Mette is a member of the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs’ Workgroup on Trainees with Problems of Professional Competence, past co-chair of the APA Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA), and past chair of the APA Ethics Committee. She regularly provides consultation and workshops on the topic of competence and training.