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The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Middle Phase, the Parallel Process and the Interactional Model


Lawrence Shulman, M.S.W., Ed.D

Six (6) Clinical Category A CEUs have been approved by NASW NH. Approval #3776

March 2nd - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

March 9th - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

You must attend both mornings for CEUs


The focus of this workshop will be on method - what the supervisor does in interactions with staff. Essential skills in communication, relationship, and group leadership will be described and illustrated. Participants will be able to share their own experiences.

Issues to be raised may include supervising defensive staff members, staff apathy and resistance to change, helping staff to develop skills for professional impact dealing with other staff, and addressing staff primary and secondary trauma. A parallel process will be identified in that the way supervisors deal with staff will be viewed as modeling for staff how to relate to clients. The idea that more is “caught” than “taught” will be central. The workshop will also address supervision of Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., MI, SFP and CBT) in an integrative rather than prescriptive manner so as to increase E.B.P. sustainability in the setting.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the supervisor/supervisee dynamics including the concept of the parallel process.
  • Explain the use of specific skills and interventions, for example contracting, which are needed for effective supervision.
  • Discuss how group supervision can be used to create a mutual aid support group for supervisees.
  • Discuss how a supervisor can help an individual or the staff group deal with secondary trauma



Lawrence Shulman, M.S.W., Ed.D. is a former Professor of Social Work and Dean at the School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo. He is been leading his own pro-bono direct group work practice, usually with single parents, married couples, students suspended from school for violence, and persons with AIDS in early recovery. He has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare. Dr. Shulman is used widely as a training consultant in direct practice, family work, group work, supervision, field instruction, administration, residential treatment and the skills of working with other professionals.

He has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author of ten books. These include: Dynamics and Skills of Group Counseling, 2011 (available now); The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities, 8th Edition, 2018, both by Cengage Publishers; Mutual Aid Groups, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations and the Life Cycle,3rd edition, 2005 (Co-edited with Dr. Alex Gitterman of Columbia University), Columbia University Press.

Dr. Shulman was the author of the entry on supervision and consultation in the last three editions of the Social Work Encyclopedia, published by the National Association of Social Workers. He has also authored a book entitled Interactional Supervision, 4rd edition, which was published in 2020 by the National Association of Social Workers Press.

Dr. Shulman has been a proud member of NASW since 1961


Workshop details:

  • A zoom link and handouts will be emailed to you prior to the workshop
  • The same zoom link will be used for both mornings
  • The workshop starts at 8:45 am, please join us a few minutes early to ensure your technology is working
  • Want to pay by check? Email Tori at tchase.naswnh@socialworkers.org
  • Questions? Email Lynn at lynncstanley@gmail.com


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