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Washington School of Psychiatry

Supervision Training Program

William Pinney, PhD, Chair

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


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 September through May at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Usually the first Saturday of the month.

The dates for 2019-20 are:

Sept. 28, 2019
Nov. 9,
Dec. 7

Jan. 4, 2020
Feb. 8,
Mar. 7
Apr. 4,
May 9



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. The deadline for submission of applications is August 1. For further information contact William G. Pinney, Ph.D. at or, by phone at (202) 296-7033.


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


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

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

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.



The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of number of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.