The majority of mental health providers who currently provide supervision to trainees or other professionals do not have formal training in clinical supervision. For those who are fortunate enough to have had training on how to provide supervision, it is still often the case that multicultural issues are considered as a special topic that does not receive enough attention, even though the literature has consistently pointed to the importance of addressing multicultural issues in clinical supervision. To that end, this program aims to share with mental health professionals the research supporting the importance of integrating multicultural discussions into every step of the clinical training and supervision process. Moreover, the importance of racial identity development and the interactions between supervisors and supervisees’ development will be discussed. Building upon the discussion of race, this program will also focus on the intersectionality of identities (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, nationality, etc.) between supervisors and supervisees and how it may influence the supervisory relationship. Finally, strategies for integrating healthy multicultural dialogues into clinical supervision, and at the systems level, will be presented.
In order to maximize participant engagement and learning, several instructional strategies will be used. First, PowerPoints, as well as handouts, will be used to communicate basic information such as research evidence, theoretical models, and recommendations for practice. Second, experiential exercises in both small and large group formats, followed by discussions, will be used to demonstrate the main points of the presentation. Of note, large group discussions will be employed to facilitate exchange of general viewpoints, experiences, and strategies, while small groups will be used for more personal and potentially more challenging conversations.