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Distinctions in Social Work Supervision

Join us for a Live Webinar on May 10, 2024 from 12-3:20pm EDT
3 CE hours available for behavioral health clinicians

This course offers a framework for distinguishing social work supervision from other clinical supervision forms. While supervision in professional counseling, for example, shares similarities, it differs by often focusing on specific therapeutic techniques. Social work supervision, on the other hand, embraces a broader, multifaceted ecological approach.

This course will discuss a social worker's ecological perspective and ethical considerations and will talk about how these aspects shape clinical supervision and contribute to the skillful development of social workers. This course will discuss some of the aspects of micro and macro practice in social work practice and what the superiors’s role is for these.

This course will also discuss the ethical importance addressing a client’s broader societal, systemic and environmental factors- a unique and distinctive practice within social work supervision and continuing education. Finally, this course will provide case examples with intervention strategies that will illustrate how to uphold social work core values, aligned with the NASW Code of Ethics, including service, social justice, dignity, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the ecological perspective to the social work supervision and why it is important to uphold this in supervision.

  • Describe the distinctive features of social work supervision by comparing and differentiating it from supervision in other counseling fields.

  • Describe social work supervision intervention strategies that incorporate social work ethics, societal and environmental factors.

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This webinar is also offered without CEs for free.

Distinctions in Social Work Supervision Webinar
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Leslie M. Sessley

Leslie Sessley, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist, is the owner of a private practice focusing on intergenerational and later-life dynamics. Her practice aims to provide psychotherapy for individuals and families to flourish in their later years.

Leslie earned her master's in social work with a concentration in social administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Leslie also completed a three-year residency in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Institute of Marriage and Family Therapy at the Link Counseling Center in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Leslie has received awards from AARP and The Governor’s Office for her work with intergenerational families and caregivers in Georgia. She has been recognized with the Best of Georgia Honorable Mention in Mental Health, Addiction, and Counseling and is a Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

She has a strong background in supervising social workers and managing mental health and community programs across private, public, and non-profit sectors. Leslie has been recognized as an expert in community education, particularly within the field of clinical social work and gerontology. She has actively contributed to the Georgia Gerontology Society, serving on its Board of Directors, Membership, and Scholarship Review Committees.