Clinical Supervision: Mastering the 4 Stages of Development

Presented by Robert Taibbi, LCSW on 04-24-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Clinical supervisors are challenged to ensure quality treatment while helping other professionals develop their clinical skills and style. To do this well, a supervisor cannot afford to be the same supervisor on day 1 that they are on day 100; they must adapt to the needs of their supervisees over time. Knowing the terrain of professional development and avoiding the common mistakes that can undermine the supervisory process will help clinical supervisors best serve the clinicians they supervise.

In this web conference, Robert Taibbi, LCSW will discuss four common supervisory mistakes—focusing on the client rather than the clinician, ignoring the parallel process, spoonfeeding, and having unclear supervisory goals—and how to avoid them. This presentation will also outline the characteristics, goals, tasks, and dangers of four stages of development—supervisor as teacher, guide, gatekeeper, and consultant. This awareness enables clinical supervisors to anticipate clinicians’ changing needs and adapt to the clinical and personal challenges that unfold during the course of supervision.

During this interactive web conference, attendees will learn how to recognize the ethical risks of each stage of development, how to effectively use parallel process in supervisory sessions, and how to manage three common anxiety-coping styles while providing supervision. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into their own supervisory style and learn how to help the clinicians they supervise develop their own unique clinical styles and therapeutic voices.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Determine the use of parallel process in clinical supervision.
  2. Identify and describe characteristics of each of the four stages of development.
  3. List four common supervisory mistakes.
  4. Examine three primary anxiety-coping styles.
  5. Explain the difference between learning problems and problems about learning.

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Event Reviews from Members

"The stages provides a helpful framework to work with clinicians from different stages." - Eva Abad, LMHC

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Meet the Presenter

Robert Taibbi, LCSW

Robert Taibbi, LCSW

Robert Taibbi, LCSW has specialized in community mental health throughout his 40-year career, working not only as a clinician and a supervisor, but also as a clinical director.

He has authored several books, including Clinical Supervision: A Four-Stage Process of Growth and Discovery; Clinical Social Work Supervision: Practice & Process; Doing Couples Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Work with Intimate Partners; Doing Family Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice, which has been translated into Portuguese and Chinese and is in its third edition; and the forthcoming The Art of the First Session and Brief Therapy with Couples & Families. Bob has also contributed many book chapters, such as Favorite Counseling Techniques: 55 Masters Share Their Secrets, in which he was listed among the top therapists nationwide. He has published more than 300 journal and magazine articles, and he has written for a teen advice column in Current Health and as a contributing editor for Your Health and Fitness.

Bob was awarded for Best Consumer Health Writing on three occasions. He offers national and international trainings in family therapy, couple therapy, brief therapy, and clinical supervision. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and Rutgers University, and he has been an adjunct professor at several universities. For more information about Bob and his work, please visit

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