Feminist Supervision is for Everybody

Feminist Supervision

Feminist Supervision is for Everybody 2024 Course Syllabus

Course Description:

Feminist Supervision is for Everybody provides 40 hrs of continuing education credits with in-person and/or virtual attendance welcome.

You might recognize inspiration for the title is from bell hooks’ Feminism is for everybody. This course instills an intersectional feminist supervision framework that everybody can apply and benefit from.

This 40-hour hybrid (virtual and/or in person from Vancouver, Canada) course is facilitated by Peak Resilience’s clinical director Jennifer Hollinshead. This advanced supervision course is based on Dr. Laura Brown’s pivotal work in intersectional feminist therapy and supervision. This course is also informed by multiple supervisors practising therapy and supervision from an antiracist, socially just, queer lens.

Throughout the course, Jennifer will integrate the use of technology (such as AI) in a way that supports the ethical and effective provision of mental health services. We will explore how our curiousity as feminist therapists regarding technology will support a more ethical evolution of technology itself.

In our time together, we’ll highlight and deconstruct some of the obvious and sneaky ways clinical supervision can be oppressive (or even harmful) to mental health clinicians and their clients.

Instructors: Jennifer Hollinshead, MA, RCC-ACS, CCC-S

Jennifer Hollinshead is the founder and clinical director of Peak Resilience: an anti-oppressive, trauma informed counselling practice in what’s now known as Vancouver and Ontario. She has over 20 years combined education and experience and has been inspiring and supporting counsellors and practicum counsellors using intersectional feminist and evidence based supervision approaches. Jennifer is also registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor- Supervisor, a Registered Clinical Counsellor- Approved Clinical Supervisor and has taken multiple courses in clinical supervision.

Contact info: jennifer@peak-resilience.com; nighnatsuko@cityu.edu, springtruman@cityu.edu

Location: If you’re interested in participating in person, we’ll meet in our group room at 601-808 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC. Our group room has a large table and ability to seat 8 comfortably. We toggle our computer to a large monitor in the room to see the people on zoom clearly. We’ve found it satisfactory and inclusive (not 100% perfect) to have people in a group in person, while others participate from zoom.

We assume most people will choose the convenience of attending class on zoom. If you’d like to attend in person (even just for one of the class days) please let us know when you register.

Overall Course Goal: Feminist Supervision is for Everybody will explore all the “nuts and bolts” of ethical and effective supervision and consultation, while practicing from an intersectional feminist,

anti-oppressive lens. Participants of this course will leave with a better understanding of clinical supervision and feminist supervision in particular. Participants will benefit from the combination of PhD and Master’s level information, presented in an accessible way for a variety of learning styles.

Learning Outcomes: Participants of this course will boost their understanding of the clinical supervision landscape, including (but not limited to):

  • Understanding intersections of power in feminist therapy work and encountering similar issues in feminist supervision
  • Ability to understand and ethically critique the underpinnings of “codes of ethics” to advance the ethical provision of services
  • Self-awareness regarding social positions from a lens of compassionate accountability

Class 1 (9-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Understanding the supervision/consultation landscape: Defining various methods of supervision and their history

  1. Exploring oppression in supervision
    1. Defining feminist supervision, goals of feminist supervision, various ways to practice

Class 2 (9-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Interventions in Feminist Supervision; diverse ways to apply theory

  1. Reviewing recordings of Dr. Laura Brown, Jennifer Hollinshead and other supervisors in the field
    1. Experiential component practicing skills

Class 3 (9-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Feminist supervision contracts, competencies and systems

  • We include a therapist wellness and clinical tracking tool to keep supervisees and supervisors accountable
    • Supervising student counsellors vs. licenced counsellors- what’s the difference?
    • Experiential component practicing skills

Class 4 (9-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Feminist ethics in supervision

  • Thoughtful and client centred strategies to challenge oppressive ethical policies, while doing no harm (and keeping your licence)
    • Helpful documentation tips
    • Ethical case exploration

Class 5 (9-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Evaluation and assessment in feminist supervision

  1. How to hold accountability for counsellors resisting multiple forms of oppression and systemic violence;
    1. How to hold accountability for counsellors born with more positions of privilege
    1. Mental health in practitioners – undoing ableist evaluation practices while keeping clients and practitioners safe

Class 6 (9-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Administration and organization

  • Tools, tips and tricks in documentation of supervision to ensure maximum accountability and engagement
  • Diverse learning styles and the bottom line- what does each supervisor absolutely need

to record in supervision sessions? What is discretionary?

  • Experiential learning – practicing using various tools with classmates

Class 7 (19-2pm PST; 5 hours total): Integrating it all together with experience

  • Explore overlooked or ignored aspects of feminist therapy and supervision, future directions of research and writing
    • Recap on most important learnings and the “bottom line”
    • Supervision/consult skills practice with a case example
    • Review questions and take aways from skills practice

Post course consult/supervision groups:

  • 2 hour consult group
  • 3 hour consult group and closing
  • Dates will be coordinated during class time.

Learning Objectives:

Class 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define various methods of supervision and their history
  • Participants will be able to list examples of oppression in supervision
  • Participants will be able to describe the goals of feminist supervision and list the various ways to practice

Class 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to analyze supervision skills in practice
  • Participant will be able to demonstrate experiential skills

Class 3 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to create a clinical tracking tool that will allow them to hold supervisees and supervisors accountable
  • Participant will be able compare supervising student counsellors vs. licensed counsellors
  • Participants will be able to apply experiential skills in supervision

Class 4 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to develop thoughtful and client centered strategies to challenge oppressive ethical policies without doing harm
  • Participants will be able to identify documentation
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate thoughtful case exploration

Class 5 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify ways to hold accountability for counsellors resisting forms of oppression and systemic violence
  • Participants will be able to apply steps to hold accountability for counsellors born with positions of privilege
  • Participants will be able to assess ableist evaluation practices while keeping clients and practitioners safe

Class 6 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to apply skills in documenting supervision to ensure maximum accountability and engagement
  • Participants will be able to identify guidelines and parameters around recording supervision sessions
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate using experiential skills

Class 7 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify overlooked or ignored aspects of feminist therapy and supervision and future directions of research and writing
  • Participants will be able to compile most important learning from previous classes
  • Participants will be able to apply supervision skills through case studies Post Course Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to integrate the application of theory into practice
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate supervision skills through case studies

Who is this course for?

We welcome anyone from the field of mental health support who supervises and supports practitioners. If you’re new to supervision and joining our course, we recommend that you have a foundation of trauma informed therapy training (for example, EMDR, IFS, Sensorimotor, etc). Beyond your training, you’ll have 5-10 years experience applying that training (with clients) and providing consultation to newer clinicians from an anti-oppressive framework.

We’ll hold live classes weekly for 7 weeks. There will be two follow up group consultation sessions after the class where we’ll review intersectional feminist supervision recordings from volunteer (brave) participants. If you’re interested in attending in person, class will be held at 601-808 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC. Participants can also elect to participate virtually via zoom.

Class Schedule (via zoom or in person at #601-808 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC):

  1. 9-2pm Tuesday, September 10, 2024
  2. 9-2pm Tuesday, September 17, 2024
  3. 9-2pm Tuesday, September 24, 2024
  4. 9-2pm Tuesday, October 1, 2024
  • 9-2pm Tuesday, October 8, 2024
  • 9-2pm Tuesday, October 15, 2024
  • 9-2pm Tuesday, October 22, 2024

Class starts at 8:50 so we can connect, look at funny memes, and share a drink or a treat. Class participation is required from 9am to 2pm, short breaks will be provided throughout the day based on participants’ needs.

Work outside of class:

Outside our class time, you’ll be expected to review articles, videos and other materials. Time invested outside of class will be at least 2 hours per class and sometimes up to 10 hours outside of class, depending on assignment workload that week. This course is a minimum of 40 hours of learning.

Assignments, due dates and weighting:

Personal reflection on your history receiving and providing supervision; including your progression through the stages of feminist identity development (2000 words)Assigned class 1; due class 320%
Personal reflection on interventions used in feminist therapy and supervision; 1000 wordsAssigned class 2; due class10%
Feminist Supervision Informed Consent formAssigned class 3; Due last class20%
Recorded supervision session review with learning goals and intentions forwardAssigned Class 1; recording reviewed with Jennifer Hollinshead in 1hr meeting within 2 months of course end date50%

Grading Policy

Grading is on a pass or fail basis. To receive a passing mark for your assignments, you must show:

  • APA formatting with *few* errors
  • A critical analysis of who has power in therapy and supervision settings
  • Personal accountability taking for positions of privilege
  • Personal curious compassion for internalised oppression
  • Courage to take risks and challenge harmful assumptions and systems

Course Materials

Free peer reviewed journal articles and other links will be sent out before each live class. Recommended (but not mandatory) additional reading:

  • Supervision Essentials for The Feminist Psychotherapy Model of Supervision by Dr. Laura Brown
  • Subversive Dialogues: Theory in Feminist Therapy by Dr. Laura Brown
  • Dr. Sonya Sutherland’s mental health resource list

Live Classes + Experiential Learning

Participants will be guided through interactive activities to discuss and consider their own practices in the field. Attendance in live classes are mandatory for a certificate and continuing education credits, and will give everyone time to practice clinical supervision. Participants will record and share their intersectional feminist supervision practice to ensure active reflection and supervision of their supervision is provided.

Expectations, guidelines and bottom lines

This course is jam packed- we’ll be learning a lot and challenging ourselves. Although feminists often get referred to by patriarchy as kill joys, we actually like to have a lot of fun (no joke). Having a sense of humour in this field is a big part of resilience and sustainability. In order for there to be lightness and humour, we need safety.

We need to take accountability for our parts in oppressive systems. For people in the room who hold more positions of privilege (like myself- Jennifer), our challenges are to listen, learn and follow leaders who society (and the mental health field) have pushed to the margins. For supervisors and counsellors resisting multiple forms of oppression and holding less privileged, we invite you to take up more space and time in this course.

Jennifer’s goal is to have supervisors feel embodied in your lived and professional experience and step even more fully into your leadership in this field and supervision in particular. There will be no concrete lines of when and how to take up space because we’re navigating countless intersections of power and life experiences. These are just guidelines. In the first class, we’ll co-create group guidelines that we all plan to adhere to within our large group class setting as well as our smaller working groups. We’ll create a living document of guidelines for the course that can be edited and improved at any time.

Some example guidelines to build from:

  • If you don’t have lived experience with a topic, please wait to give space for people with lived experience to share their thoughts and feelings before you speak; White folks in the room will wait until Black, Indigenous and people of colour have shared their ideas; similar for other dominant identities such as heterosexual and cisgendered people.
  • If you’re someone who is super comfortable with talking and sharing your thoughts (maybe you’re a verbal processor like me!), please challenge yourself to listen
  • If you’re someone who loves to sit back and process everything before jumping in, please challenge yourself to take more risks
  • Beliefs that seem to benefit capitalism, white supremacy, heteronormativity, or other systems will always be challenged because they’re harmful and unethical. That being said, these forces are so baked into our profession and psyches that we’re all likely to uncover biases in this course.
  • When we uncover a bias that someone has that is harmful, we can celebrate this as the first step towards learning and accountability
  • Participants will be asked to lift some heavy accountability weights- so we’re going to compassionately challenge someone if they’re avoiding accountability
  • If someone isn’t taking accountability and is continuing to act or behave in a way that is harmful to other people in the group, we reserve the right to ask for that person to leave until they’re able to participate while taking accountability
  • Just because someone is the teacher, doesn’t mean they know everything. We’ll be actively co-creating a learning environment where people (including the teacher) can unlearn harmful biases we may not even know we have.

Accessibility

We’re working hard to create a learning environment for people with diverse needs. If there are aspects of this course design or delivery that won’t work for you, please let us know! Reach out to jennifer@peak-resilience.com to ask questions or provide feedback about your learning needs, you’re welcome here!

Price – to be confirmed

City University is in process of approving and offering this Continuing Education Course.

If you’re a counsellor or social worker, please check with your licensing body to ensure this 40 hour City University approved course will be approved for CE credits in your association.

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