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Supervision for Supervisors: Building Skills in Eating Disorder Professionals


Sunday, March 26, 2017: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Background: Supervision is an important part of professional development. It requires personal and professional skills, knowledge, and clinical wisdom. This workshop will review the qualities of a supervisor and the guidelines in delivering excellent supervision in effort to promote positive and beneficial experience for both supervisor and supervisee.

Objectives: 1. Identify three strategies and methods for supervision. 2. Identify three stages of the supervision process and explain two issues in this process. 3. Identify two potential ethical issues that could occur in the process.

Defining Supervision: Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisors

Skills in Providing Supervision of Diagnosis, Creating Treatment Plans and Providing Treatment

Models of Supervision

  • Integrated

  • Developmental

  • Orientation Specific

Assessing your Skills and Strengths – Developing Self-Awareness

  • Guidelines for becoming an iaedp approved supervisor

Supervision Methods and Techniques

  • Live Observation, Self-Report, Video tapes, Role playing, Modeling, Team meeting

  • Techniques: Sample worksheets and forms

Observing and Assessing Supervisee Skills

  • Reflective Practice Supervision

  • Addressing common issues specific to working with patients with eating disorders such as body image issues, resistance, psychosomatic issues

  • Addressing countertransference and transference issues

  • Addressing Boundary issues

Providing Feedback: Evaluations and Progress Forms

Supervision is an important part of professional development especially needed for those working in the field of eating disorders. It requires personal and professional skills, knowledge, and clinical wisdom. Providing supervision carries significant professional responsibilities for both the supervisee and the supervisor. This workshop will review the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor. The guidelines in delivering excellent supervision in effort to promote positive and beneficial experience for both supervisor and supervisee will be discussed. This workshop will incorporate the guidelines to be an iaedp approved supervisor and expand on supervision models, and techniques. As a supervisor, it is not only imperative to have eating disorder expertise but to also have an understanding of the processes, challenges, and issues that may arise in supervision. Those working with patients with eating disorders may experience their own challenges, such as body image issues, burn out, compassion fatigue, and countertransference and boundary issues. It’s important to be aware of these common issues and understand techniques to address them. Also, we must understand the diversity and cultural issues relevant to the supervisee's development and address them in an appropriate manner.

This workshop will be interactive and engaging and will have participants practice reflective supervision. Further, supervision techniques will be reviewed including sample worksheets and forms. An important aspect of supervision is evaluation. The presenter will discuss ways in which to provide feedback. Supervision is part of the gate keeping process of the profession in the eating disorder field. It’s important to have competence and confidence as a supervisor and provide appropriate and direct feedback. Overall, this presentation will assist and support those leaders, managers, supervisors in the work with supervisees to enhance treatment, professionalism, and ethics. This is a professional development workshop that will include role-playing, audience participation, and laughter.

Primary Presenter:
Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS

Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS, is the Executive Clinical Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. Dr. Cabrera oversees patient care, program development, staff training and supervision throughout the Rosewood system. She has a wealth of diverse clinical experience including 20 years treating individuals, families and groups with a range of medical and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Cabrera is the author of Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy (Rowman & Littlefield). This first of its kind book speaks to moms to assist in healing from body image disturbances and disordered eating.



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