Online Clinical Supervisor Training

About Our Online Courses

Online Clinical Supervisor Training (36 hours)

Cost: $950* + HST + the cost of the textbook

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Falender, Carol A. and Shafranske, Edward P (2004). Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach. USA: American Psychological Association 

* Please note: members in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) are eligible to register at $695 + HST + the cost of the textbook

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Overview of the program

“We would never dream of turning untrained therapists loose on needy patients, so why would we turn untrained supervisors loose on therapists who help those needy patients?” asks Watkins et. al.

In many industries, the need for quality supervision and oversight is in high demand, and this is especially true in the clinical setting. Students in this course are introduced to emerging supervisor methods, practices and metrics that guide the supervision pathway.

This 40-hour/16-week course examines the supervisory relationship, including evidence-based measures for evaluation, and common themes that emerge during clinical supervision. This course also explores competency-based clinical supervision, the creation of learning contexts, case management, teaching techniques, and theories of adult learning. 

Course Description

Suitable for aspiring supervisors, regardless of preferred modality of intervention, this 40-hour online course introduces emerging supervisors to the methods, practices, and metrics that guide the supervision pathway.

Students will require access to a live supervisee who is either a true supervisee, or a colleague who is willing to be a “test” subject. Additionally, students will require 4 recorded (audio or video) supervision encounters with the supervisee as part of the course assignments.

Program completion requires a live 1:1 online session with an experienced supervisor (provided by Adler’s team), with whom participants will evaluate and review their final recorded interview with their chosen supervisee(s).

Eligibility and Completion Requirements

This course is intended for both community and in-patient clinicians who aspire to supervise the clinical practice of others. By completing this 40-hour/16-week course, participants will have met the requirements set by some regulatory bodies (e.g., CRPO*, etc.) or recognized counselling associations (e.g., ACCT**, CCPA, etc.) necessary to become clinical supervisors.

Our eligibility requirements include:

  • You must be a member in good standing with extensive professional experience, including 5 years of registered practice as a psychotherapist, clinical counsellor (RTC or equivalent), or a combination of 5 years’ registration with either
  1. regulatory body (e.g., CRPO, OCSWSSW) anywhere in Canada; or
  2. a recognized counselling association (e.g., ACCT, CCPA).
  • You must be familiar with at least 2 of the “big 5” modalities currently most practiced (viz., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Marriage and Family Systems Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR))
  • You must have at least 1000 hours of direct client contact
  • You must have at least 120 hours of professional supervision post-graduation

Upon submission of all course assignments, including submission of the supervision recording tape/video, and following their review by the teaching team, students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course.

 * The CRPO Supervisor requirements may be found at:

** The ACCT Supervisor requirements may be found at:

Getting Started

Once payment is processed, students will receive a license key (within 2-5 business days) and can then begin their studies. Please note that all of our online courses have a set amount of time for you to complete your coursework. For our Clinical Supervisor Training course, the maximum allotted period is 16 weeks. Your window begins upon receipt of your license key, that is, upon receiving an email instructing you how to access your course. To ensure that you are given sufficient time to complete all of the material, please purchase your course no sooner than 2-5 business days prior to the date that you intend to begin studying, as this is how long it takes for the license key to be generated from the time you make your purchase. Your countdown will begin upon receipt of the license key, and not upon your using that key to access the course. 

Course content is varied and made up of lectures, videos, demonstrations, supplemental readings, and professional/reflective exercises. There are no tests or exams; however, there are assignments for each module, which must be completed and then submitted online. The assignments in each module do not have to be completed in one sitting, but please note: you have a maximum of 16 weeks to complete your studies. We uphold a strict policy that we do not extend or re-open the software to you once your 16-week period of learning is up. Please plan accordingly: if you will be away, you must catch up on your work.

Who is the contact person for this program?

Students may contact a representative from our Faculty of Continuing Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

This online program can be completed wherever you are, but you will need a good internet connection to do so. Great care has been taken to ensure high-quality content delivery and learning without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass/fail” grade determined by the quality of the assignments turned in. If you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

What do I do if I think I have an equivalent prerequisite?

Please send the details of your equivalency course, via an inquiry, to the contact listed below. We will consider it and reply to you.

Will I have contact with an Instructor?

Yes. A teaching team marks your assignments each week and provides you with ongoing feedback on your exercises and reflections. The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations, who are also veteran practitioners and supervisors. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work, teaching and/or supervising.

How does the software work?

Once you have paid for your registration, a license key will be sent to the email address you provide us with. This can take up to seven days. Please check your spam folder regularly during this period. Once your license is active, you should plan to spend an hour getting oriented to the software before starting the coursework. Along the way, a support line is available to you should you encounter any problems (this will be discussed in your welcome and orientation).

Does the course offer any financial aid?

Not at this time. All students will receive a receipt.

Who is the contact person for the online courses?

Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions: 

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW
Dean, Continuing Education
Adler Graduate Professional School
890 Yonge Street, 9th floor,
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-923-4419 ext. 503
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.