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By Peak Resilience Team Jennifer Hollinshead

Clinical Supervision Course: Feminist Supervision is for Everybody

Clinical Supervision Course: Feminist Supervision is for Everybody
Feminist Supervision is for Everybody: 40-hour Clinical Supervision Course

February 16 - March 30, 2023 (Thursdays, 10:00-3:00pm)
Hybrid Format - Zoom or in-person at Peak Resilience

Course Syllabus:

Peak Resilience is excited to present: Feminist Supervision is for Everybody with in-person and/or virtual attendance welcome. You might recognize inspiration for our title is from bell hooks’ Feminism is for everybody. This course instills an intersectional feminist supervision framework that everybody can apply and benefit from. 

This 40-hour hybrid (virtual and/or in person from Vancouver, Canada) course is facilitated by Dr. Laura Brown and Peak Resilience’s clinical director Jennifer Hollinshead. This advanced supervision course is based on Dr. Laura Brown’s pivotal work in intersectional feminist therapy and supervision. It's also informed by multiple supervisors practising therapy and supervision from an antiracist, socially just, queer lens. 

In our time together, we’ll highlight and deconstruct some of the obvious and sneaky ways clinical supervision can be oppressive (or even harmful) to mental health clinicians and their clients. 

Jennifer Hollinshead with Laura Brown et.al.; admin assistance provided by Brett Glover or Kali Dean at Peak Resilience

Jennifer Hollinshead is the founder and clinical director of Peak Resilience: an anti-oppressive, trauma informed counselling practice in what’s now known as Vancouver and Ontario. She has over 20 years combined education and experience and has been inspiring and supporting counsellors and practicum counsellors using intersectional feminist and evidence based supervision approaches. Jennifer is also registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor- Supervisor, a Registered Clinical Counsellor- Approved Clinical Supervisor and has taken multiple courses in clinical supervision.

Dr. Laura Brown is a psychologist known for many things. She is one of the “mothers” of feminist therapy theory, has written multiple books, articles, textbooks and presentations on the application of feminist therapy and supervision. She was the first out lesbian licensed psychologist in the State of Washington back in 1979, and has since mentored scores of LGBTQ+ colleagues. Laura has advocated for the inclusion of liberatory, intersectional feminist trauma perspectives in every component of her field and was among those who co-created the Feminist Therapy Institute’s Code of Ethics in the 1980s. 

Laura proudly identifies as an Ashenkazic Jew. Her grandparents were refugees from what was then Russia, just before and after the first World War, who moved to the Cleveland area, which was the unceded territory of the Erie, Seneca, and Lenape nations. After growing up in Cleveland, OH, and going to graduate school in Carbondale Illinois, she moved in 1976 to Seattle, the unceded territory of the Duwamish and Muckleshoot nations, where she has lived since.  She is a Jeopardy one-time champion, a second-degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art of peace, which she earned at age 68, and has written two books for adult survivors of damaging childhoods, one addressing how to deal with the ageing and death of adults who harmed you, the other addressing how to have healthy-enough relationships. Her career road not travelled is that of a vocalist.

Why Peak?
Peak Resilience aims to provide sustainable, cutting edge, high quality intersectional feminist therapy for all. We know that our services are not accessible to most people without extended health benefits. A portion of all our revenue goes directly to free and lower cost services for our community of clients and mental health professionals. We are licenced to provide therapy services to people in (what’s now known as) British Columbia, Canada. 

Peak Resilience is an independent therapy and learning organization that is fully self-funded and therefore less influenced or controlled by institutions or mandates. We integrate feedback from participants in each course to ensure the material is consistently evolving based on collective knowledge and the progress in the field. 

In Person Attendance at Peak Resilience
If you’re interested in participating in person at the Peak Resilience office, we can accommodate 8 people comfortably. We toggle our computer to a large monitor to see the people on Zoom clearly. We’ve found it satisfactory and inclusive (not 100% perfect) to have people in a group in person, while others participate from zoom. Our office is located at 601-808 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC.
We assume most people will choose the convenience of attending class via Zoom. If you’d like to attend in person (even just for one of the class days) please let us know by emailing: admin@peak-resilience.com
Overall Course Goal
Feminist Supervision is for Everybody will explore all the “nuts and bolts” of ethical and effective supervision and consultation, while practicing from an intersectional feminist, anti-oppressive lens. Participants of this course will leave with a better understanding of clinical supervision and feminist supervision in particular. Participants will benefit from the combination of PhD and Master’s level information, presented in an accessible way for a variety of learning styles.

Learning Outcomes: Participants of this course will boost their understanding of the clinical supervision landscape, including (but not limited to): 
  • Understanding intersections of power in feminist therapy work and encountering similar issues in feminist supervision
  • Ability to understand and ethically critique the underpinnings of “codes of ethics” to advance the ethical provision of services
  • Self-awareness regarding social positions from a lens of compassionate accountability

Weekly Overview

Class 1 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Understanding the supervision/consultation landscape: Defining various methods of supervision and their history
  1. Exploring oppression in supervision
  2. Defining feminist supervision, goals of feminist supervision, various ways to practice

Class 2 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Interventions in Feminist Supervision; diverse ways to apply theory
  1. Reviewing recordings of Dr. Laura Brown, Jennifer Hollinshead and other supervisors in the field
  2. Experiential component practicing skills

Class 3 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Feminist supervision contracts, competencies and systems
  1. We include a therapist wellness and clinical tracking tool to keep supervisees and supervisors accountable
  2. Supervising student counsellors vs. licenced counsellors- what’s the difference?
  3. Experiential component practicing skills

Class 4 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Feminist ethics in supervision
  1. Thoughtful and client centred strategies to challenge oppressive ethical policies, while doing no harm (and keeping your licence)
  2. Helpful documentation tips
  3. Ethical case exploration

Class 5 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Evaluation and assessment in feminist supervision
  1. How to hold accountability for counsellors resisting multiple forms of oppression and systemic violence; 
  2. How to hold accountability for counsellors born with more positions of privilege
  3. Mental health in practitioners - undoing ableist evaluation practices while keeping clients and practitioners safe

Class 6 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Administration and organization
  1. Tools, tips and tricks in documentation of supervision to ensure maximum accountability and engagement
  2. Diverse learning styles and the bottom line- what does each supervisor absolutely need to record in supervision sessions? What is discretionary?
  3. Experiential learning - practicing using various tools with classmates

Class 7 (10-3pm PST; 5 hours total): Integrating it all together with experience
  1. Explore overlooked or ignored aspects of feminist therapy and supervision, future directions of research and writing
  2. Recap on most important learnings and the “bottom line”
  3. Supervision/consult skills practice with a case example
  4. Review questions and take aways from skills practice

Post course consult/supervision groups:
  • 2 hour consult group
  • 3 hour consult group and closing

We welcome anyone from the field of mental health support who supervises and supports practitioners. If you’re new to supervision and joining our course, we recommend that you have a foundation of trauma informed therapy training (for example, EMDR, IFS, Sensorimotor, etc). Beyond your training, you’ll have 5-10 years experience applying that training (with clients) and providing consultation to newer clinicians from an anti-oppressive framework. If you’re not sure if the course is right for you or if you’re right for the course, feel free to email supervision@peak-resilience.com with your questions. We’re flexible and want to ensure everyone has an accessible, transformative learning experience! 

We’ll hold live classes weekly for 7 weeks. There will be two follow up group consultation sessions after the class where we’ll review intersectional feminist supervision recordings from volunteer (brave) participants. 

Class Schedule:
  1. 10am-3pm Thursday, February 16, 2023
  2. 10am-3pm Thursday, February 23, 2023
  3. 10am-3pm Thursday, March 2, 2023
  4. 10am-3pm Thursday, March 9, 2023
  5. 10am-3pm Thursday, March 16, 2023
  6. 10am-3pm Thursday, March 23, 2023
  7. 10am-3pm Thursday, March 30, 2023

The Zoom room will be open at 9:50am so we can connect, look at funny memes, and share a drink or a treat. Class participation is required from 10am to 3pm, short breaks will be provided throughout the day based on participants’ needs. 

Work outside of class:
Outside of our class time, you’ll be expected to review articles, videos and other materials. Time invested outside of class will be at least 2 hours per class and sometimes up to 10 hours outside of class, depending on assignment workload that week. This course is a minimum of 40 hours of learning and is on its way to being approved by the Washington State Psychological Association for Continuing Education Credits.

Assignments, due dates and weighting:
  • Personal reflection on history of supervision and consultation; 1000 words | Assigned class one (February 16); due class two (February 23) | 10%
  • Personal reflection on interventions used in feminist therapy; 1000 words | Assigned class two (February 23); due class three (March 2) | 10%
  • Feminist Supervision Informed Consent form | Assigned class three (December 2); Due last class (December 16)  | 30%
  • Recorded supervision session review with learning goals and intentions forward | Assigned December 16, recording reviewed sometime in January 2023 - schedule with Jennifer | 50%

Grading Policy
Grading is on a pass or fail basis. To receive a passing mark for your assignments, you must show: 
  • APA formatting with *few* errors
  • A critical analysis of who has power in therapy and supervision settings
  • Personal accountability taking for positions of privilege
  • Personal curious compassion for internalised oppression
  • Courage to take risks and challenge harmful assumptions and systems

Course Materials
Free peer reviewed journal articles and other links will be sent out before each live class. Recommended (but not mandatory) additional reading:
  • Supervision Essentials for The Feminist Psychotherapy Model of Supervision by Dr. Laura Brown
  • Subversive Dialogues: Theory in Feminist Therapy by Dr. Laura Brown

Live Classes + Experiential Learning
Participants will be guided through interactive activities to discuss and consider their own practices in the field.  Attendance in live classes are mandatory for a certificate and continuing education credits, and will give everyone time to practice clinical supervision. Participants will record and share their intersectional feminist supervision practice to ensure active reflection and supervision of their supervision is provided. 

Expectations, Guidelines and Bottom Lines
This course is jam packed and we’ll be learning a lot and challenging ourselves. Although feminists often get referred to by patriarchy as kill joys, we actually like to have a lot of fun (no joke). Having a sense of humour in this field is a big part of resilience and sustainability. In order for there to be lightness and humour, we need safety. We need to take accountability for our parts in oppressive systems. For people in the room who hold more positions of privilege (like myself- Jennifer), our challenges are to listen, learn and follow leaders who society (and the mental health field) have pushed to the margins. For supervisors and counsellors resisting multiple forms of oppression, we invite you to take up more space and time in this course. Our goal is to have supervisors feel embodied in your lived and professional experience and step even more fully into your leadership in this field and supervision in particular. There will be no concrete lines of when and how to take up space because we’re navigating countless intersections of power and life experiences. These are just guidelines.

In the first class, we’ll co-create group guidelines that we all plan to adhere to within our large group class setting as well as our smaller working groups. We’ll create a living document of guidelines for the course that can be edited and improved at any time. 

Some example guidelines to build from: 
  • If you don’t have lived experience with a topic, please wait to give space for people with lived experience to share their thoughts and feelings before you speak; White folks in the room will wait until Black, Indigenous and people of colour have shared their ideas; similar for other dominant identities such as heterosexual and cisgendered people. 
  • If you’re someone who is super comfortable with talking and sharing your thoughts (maybe you’re a verbal processor like me!), please challenge yourself to listen
  • If you’re someone who loves to sit back and process everything before jumping in, please challenge yourself to take more risks 
  • Beliefs that seem to benefit capitalism, white supremacy, heteronormativity, or other systems will always be challenged because they’re harmful and unethical. That being said, these forces are so baked into our profession and psyches that we’re all likely to uncover biases in this course. 
  • When we uncover a bias that someone has that is harmful, we can celebrate this as the first step towards learning and accountability
  • Participants will be asked to lift some heavy accountability weights- so we’re going to compassionately challenge someone if they’re avoiding accountability
  • If someone isn’t taking accountability and is continuing to act or behave in a way that is harmful to other people in the group, we reserve the right to ask for that person to leave until they’re able to participate while taking accountability
  • Just because someone is the teacher, doesn’t mean they know everything. We’ll be actively co-creating a learning environment where people (including the teacher) can unlearn harmful biases we may not even know we have.

We’re working hard to create a learning environment for people with diverse needs. If there are aspects of this course design or delivery that won’t work for you, please let us know! Reach out to supervision@peak-resilience.com to ask questions or provide feedback about your learning needs. You are welcome here!

Registration Fees:
We are offering a two-tiered registration fee:
  • Our regular rate of $1799.00 CAD (plus 5% GST) allows us to provide lower cost services to clients in our community
  • Our reduced rate of $1399.00 CAD (plus 5% GST) is available for those who need it, no questions asked

Participants may select a ticket fee at their own discretion.

Participants of our courses will be able to access our ongoing monthly professional clinical consult groups at a 20% discount.

Price Transparency:
When pricing our courses, we consider of a few things:
  • Expertise of presenters and quality of course information
  • Tools and resources provided that you can use and tailor to your practice
  • This course is in line with other intermediate/advanced feminist therapy or supervision courses and averages to approximately $45 CAD/hour of instruction
  • 10% of profits go towards free and low cost anti-oppressive counselling services at Peak Resilience

Please note: this course will be recorded. By registering you are consenting to being recorded.

The Washington State Psychological Association has approved this Continuing Education Workshop. 

The Washington State Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Washington State Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If you’re a counsellor or social worker, please check with your licensing body to ensure this 40 hour WSPA approved course will be approved for CE credits in your association.

Click here to register!

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions:
jennifer@peak-resilience.com; admin@peak-resilience.com; 604-682-PEAK