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Positive Supervision: Strengthening Supervisory Skills with Positive Psychology

Live Real-Time Interactive Webinar

Being a great clinician does not automatically make you a great supervisor or manager. Many skilled practitioners find themselves cast into the role of supervisor with little knowledge or training for how to fulfill this assignment. Responsibility for administrative and business concerns create further challenges, threatening to eclipse deep commitment to the actual work being done with clients.  Focus can quickly turn to “putting out fires” and problem resolution, leaving little time for learning and reflection on what it means to effectively connect with and guide the work with others.  Based on the premise that supervisory relationships serve as a model for work done with clients, this workshop makes the case that investment in a relational style of supervision that identifies and builds on the strengths of supervisees is, ultimately, an investment in employee well-being and client services.  Participants will be offered a way to understand themselves better as supervisors and will learn practical tools for positively engaging supervisees.


The workshop will begin with a review of the key elements of the supervisory role allowing the opportunity for participants to examine their relative strengths and growth areas as they relate to each element. The presenters will introduce a framework for development of positive and responsive supervisory relationships that foster trust and establish the groundwork for mutual growth and resilience. Participants will learn approaches drawn from the field of positive psychology for enhancing the effectiveness and well-being of supervisees that also contribute to the depth of the supervisory relationship.  Based on the universality of positive psychology-informed practices, the presenters will also show how using these approaches extends beyond the supervisory realm into direct work with clients.  As the workshop progresses, participants will be asked to consider how they will apply concepts in their situations, as well as areas for ongoing personal development. They will leave with an array of options for strengthening their work as supervisors and a plan for immediate implementation. 

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About the Course

Sept 22, 2023


Live Real-Time Interactive Webinar

8:30AM-12:00PM ET

Credit Hours - Details Below

3.0 Live Interactive CE Credit Hours


$69 Morning Only/$129 Full Day through 9/15/23

$79 Morning Only/$149 Full Day after 9/15/23

$59 Morning/$115 Full Day/person for Groups 3+

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Target Audience

Mental Health Professionals including Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

Course Level


Course Instructor

Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW & Anthony (Tony) Zipple, ScD, MBA

Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW & Anthony (Tony) Zipple, ScD, MBA
Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW & Anthony (Tony) Zipple, ScD, MBA

Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW has over 30 years of experience in direct practice, supervision, program leadership, consulting, and higher education. In 2015 she completed a year-long course in positive psychology, which she has subsequently woven into almost all aspects of her life. As a social worker, she approaches her work with relational, systems, and social justice lenses. For much of her career she has engaged in advancing practices to support mental health recovery, including reducing stigma and experiences of oppression for people living with significant mental health conditions. Elizabeth is experienced in workforce development, project management, and curriculum design for delivery in person and virtually. She is a skilled clinician and teacher with special interest in trauma-sensitive approaches, mental health recovery, and workforce resilience. More recently she has gained expertise in use of competency-based simulations as a powerful tool for practice-based learning. Currently, when she is not on a trail, volunteering in her community, or enjoying her family, she spends time as an independent consultant.

Anthony (Tony) M. Zipple, Sc.D. MBA, is a licensed psychologist who consults, teaches, and coaches in areas related to personal happiness, resilience, and organizational health. Believing that we all deserve authentic happiness, he applies research in positive psychology to help clients achieve higher levels of purpose, joy, and productivity. He is Executive In Residence at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, a practice leader with the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center at Rutgers University, and a psychology professor at Eastern Kentucky University.

Tony received his doctorate from Boston University, MBA from the University of New Hampshire, and graduate and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He holds multiple certifications in positive psychology, coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive neuroplasticity. He is widely published and has delivered hundreds of professional workshops, and trained and consulted with organizations across the U.S., as well as in Pakistan and Singapore. He is a recipient of the Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the parts and overall functions of an ethical decision-making model (EDMM).

  • Apply an EDMM to a practice case study.

  • Weigh various values as part of ethical decision-making.

  • Decide on a robust ethical course of action.

After attending this training, participants will be able to...

Course Agenda

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