Teaching Clinical Thinking in Supervision

General Information

Title: Teaching Clinical Thinking in Supervision

Presenter: Jon Frederickson, MSW

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2024. 9:30 AM-5 PM ET

Fee: $210. Earlybird fee (until 4/1) $180

Venue: Online Webinar

Includes access to recordings, full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Teaching Clinical Thinking in Supervision


Good clinical thinking leads to effective interventions that help patients. What does clinical thinking look like? How do we do it? How can we help ourselves, therapists, or colleagues do better clinical thinking? This is an important question. According to research, 93% of supervision is inadequate and 35% of therapists currently receive harmful supervision. In fact, 50% of therapists have received harmful supervision. On average, graduate school does not improve therapists’ effectiveness. Clearly, teaching and supervision must change if we are to become better therapists!


This presentation will show some of the reasons why teaching and supervision are often unhelpful. And it will show how to improve your clinical thinking and how to help other therapists improve theirs. You will learn the kinds of questions that stimulate clinical thinking, and the sequences of questions you need to ask. You will learn about the different kinds of knowledge and why they require different kinds of teaching and learning. We will watch and study the video of a supervision session line by line. There you will learn how to assess problems in clinical thinking and address them. Further, you will learn to assess therapists’ responses to help your student, supervisee, or colleague take the next step in learning. And you will learn how to assess whether therapists are integrating new information. And finally, you will learn how to address emotional problems in the therapist that interfere with the learning process.




Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the New Washington School of Psychiatry. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Iran, Australia, Canada, the U.S., and the Netherlands.  He is the author of over fifty published papers or book chapters and five books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, Co-Creating Safety: healing the fragile patient, and Healing Through Relating: a skill-building book for therapists. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi, Polish, Hebrew, and Slovak, and is currently being translated into Spanish. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been translated into fourteen languages. He has DVDs of sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites www.istdpinstitute.com and www.deliberatepracticeinpsychotherapy.com  There you will also find skill-building exercises designed for therapists. He writes posts on ISTDP at www.facebook.com/DynamicPsychotherapy . His forthcoming skill-building book for therapists, Clinical Thinking in Psychotherapy: how to do it and how to teach it, will come out in 2024 with Routledge Press.

Teaching Clinical Thinking in Supervision


  1. Participants will be able to identify a student’s learning need.
  2. Attendees will be able to ask decision tree questions to teach the steps of clinical thinking
  3. Participants will be able to ask feedback-driven metacognitive questions to assess how students are integrating new information.
  4. Participants will be able to differentiate a learning problem from a problem about learning in the supervisee.

Application Deadline

July 30, 2024 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until July 2, 2024.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information

Six Continuing Education Credits are granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Teaching Clinical Thinking in Supervision


Thursday August 1, 2024

9:30-10:45    What is clinical thinking and how do we do it?

10:45-11       Coffee break

11-12:15       How to teach clinical thinking to a student, supervisor, or colleague


12:15-1:15    Lunch


1:15-2:30      Analysis of a videotaped supervision session

2:30-2:45      Coffee break

2:45-4           Analysis of a videotaped supervision session

4-5               Discussion

Teaching Clinical Thinking in Supervision