Making Supervision More Effective

Friday, September 28, 2018, 9:00am – 12:30pm

"Making Supervision More Effective"

Presenter: Donna M. Sudak, M.D.

Donna Sudak is Professor, Senior Associate Training Director and Director of Psychotherapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University. She is a clinician-educator with a wealth of experience in teaching and patient care. She has made a number of significant contributions to the literature in CBT education and has played a major role in developing suggested curricula and guidelines for resident competency in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She also has multiple publications regarding combining treatment with medication and CBT. Her most recent book, Teaching and Supervising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, written with a group of noted experts in CBT education, provides multiple resources for educators.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Drexel University, Dr. Sudak is an adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute. She is the Past President of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the former Editor of the PIPE examination, on the Board of Regents of the American College of Psychiatrists and she serves on multiple national committees, including in the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT). She is the current President of AADPRT.



La Maison Francaise/Salon, Assumption College campus - Directions


This workshop is designed to provide hands on learning of evidence-informed practices in supervision. Using a variety of experiential methods, participants will learn effective ways to form supervisory relationships, establish learning goals, train skills and use competency measures. The workshop will pay specific attention to principles of adult learning and skill training. Specific areas regarding structuring CBT supervision, developing targeted supervision questions, managing group supervision relative to individual supervision, and giving positive and effective feedback will be addressed. Video illustrations and role-play will facilitate learning and working with the actual problems attendees encounter in supervisory situations. The workshop will also address managing problematic trainees and the challenge of giving feedback in such circumstances. 


Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize evidence about supervisory practices
  2. Illustrate procedures to facilitate a supervisory relationship
  3. Use supervision conceptualization to zero in on supervisee needs
  4. Practice non-threatening methods of giving feedback to promote skill acquisition