Wednesday, June 14
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


University Center Ballroom
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
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Supervising Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy within a Systemic/Relational Context

Event, In-Person Workshop, Workshop

Thirteenth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision Pre-Conference Workshop

With Thorana S. Nelson, Ph.D.

6 CEs

Work with couples and families can present complications for even the most experienced relational therapists and their supervisors. Couples and families commonly presenting with issues such as domestic violence, infidelities, secrets, traumas, and boundaries struggle within the human condition that elicits strong emotional responses rooted in our own personal value systems of beliefs. These issues arise within a context of political, cultural, social, religious, and gender-based roles that impact upon the couple and family systems and may not necessarily reflect the broader societal norms.

As therapists, helping couples and families navigate the complexity of clinical and ethical dilemmas that arise in this work can present personal and professional challenges. Couple and family counseling can be made even more challenging in the moments when, as a supervisor, you find yourself equally stymied as to how to help your supervisee proceed.

The field of couple and family therapy views therapy and supervision within a context of multiple systems that sometimes collide or collude in their interactions with each other. Supervision that adopts a relational, systemic view of therapy and itself can be helpful in negotiating the multiple layers of people and their interactions with each other, including the supervisor and supervisee. Systemic/relational supervision can therefore offer a broad contextual picture of the multiple systems of interactions, beliefs, and cultural institutions that impact upon the client, therapy, and supervision systems from which supervisors and trainees develop interventions.

Simultaneously, it is also the role of the supervisor to foster the professional growth of the supervisee. Interventions with the supervisee therefore occur within the framework of decision-making as to where to focus energy and interventions to help therapists evolve in their work with couples and families. It can be an opportunity for personal and professional growth of the supervisor as well.

In this workshop, you will be presented with and develop your own ideas about how relational practice and the supervisory context can help therapists with challenges of conflict, infidelity, secrets, and trauma, including managing one’s own triggers in supervision. We will investigate and use ideas related to systemic and interpersonal relationships and their effects in therapy and supervision for individuals, couples, families, and broader systems.

This workshop includes demonstration and experiential activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain essential elements of relational supervision
  • Discuss situations that are common triggers for therapists and supervisors
  • Enhance their supervisory skills for supervising therapists with challenging couple and family situations
  • Analyze successful interventions and practices for supervision with therapists who work with couples and families
  • Describe cultural and sociodemographic variables that impact upon therapists and supervisors.
  • Deconstruct gender roles in couple and family counseling.

Participants are invited to bring de-identified case material for consultation with the presenter and the group.

 This workshop is part of the 13th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision.

About the Speaker

Thorana S. Nelson, Ph.D.

Thorana S. Nelson, Ph.D.

Thorana S. Nelson, Ph.D., emerita professor of family therapy at Utah State University, graduated with a B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from the University of Iowa. She moved to Utah to help develop the reactivated master’s program in marriage and family therapy at Utah State University in the department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development. She was director of that program from 1992 until 2005. Dr. Nelson is the author of articles on training marriage and family therapy and is the co-editor and author of several books, including 101 Interventions in Family Therapy and 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy with Terry S. Trepper, Ph.D., and more recently, Education and Training in Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Handbook of Solution Focused Brief Therapy: Clinical Applications (with Frank Thomas), and Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services : “I Am More Than My Label” (with Joel Simon). She and her husband live in Mendon, Utah and have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats.

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Continuing Education Credit

  • Social workers: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
  • CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for earning or re-credentialing for CASAC.

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEUs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact Araceli Palacios at 516.877.4343 to request such accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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