Trauma-Informed Supervision and Consultation: Empowerment and Collaboration

October 22, 2023
Abstract
This discussion will describe the essential elements of the knowledge and skills of supervision and consultation with the goal of empowering more of us to participate in this advanced work. These are challenging professional roles to fill, but much needed. There are differences between the roles: supervisors usually work within an organization and consultants are most often chosen individually for their expertise in the field. The supervisor has responsibility to both the organization and supervisees, a dual role which calls for sensitivity and diplomacy. Liability issues may differ. Similarities include ethical responsibilities as for all professionals. In terms of development, the foundational elements for either role are much the same. Both require a commitment to continuous learning, training, and self-reflection. Staying up to date with research and best practices/treatment guidelines is essential in providing guidance to others. These include a comprehensive knowledge base and clinical experience in traumatology with emphasis on long-term relational psychotherapy, psychodynamics, transference and countertransference, and vicarious trauma. Creating a trusting environment with a supervisee/consultee is crucial—this is the “holding environment” for emotional support and open communication. The supervisor/consultant must have an ability to work through conflicts, both with the supervisee/consultee and within the psychotherapy work being discussed. They must be attuned to the needs of those with whom they work, particularly in the ability to encourage openness and questions, discuss boundaries, gently confront clinical errors, and help to repair ruptures in the therapy. One must be culturally responsive and knowledgeable about intersectionality. Self-care has to be encouraged. Neutral non-shaming language is critical. In the role of supervisor or consultant, it is extremely helpful to share one’s own professional journey as well as the mistakes one has made. This rewarding journey together becomes one of empowerment and collaboration. As long as we continue to practice, we all need to have available consultation (that includes those of us with experience.) None of us can do this work alone. Clinicians with years of knowledge and experience have a professional responsibility, not only to continue to advance their own knowledge, but to teach, supervise, and provide consultation. This work has many rewards in participating in the development of trauma therapists, as a catalyst to one’s own growth, and in sharing a trauma-responsive mission of repair to survivors and society. This gives hope to now and to the future. There will be time for Questions and Answers.
 
Potential Distress:
No

Target Audience

Advanced

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of trauma-informed supervision and consultation.
  • Compare the roles of supervisor vs. consultant. How are the same, how do they differ?
  • Describe the essential elements of supervision and consultation
  • Explain the concept of “holding environment” and its importance in supervision and consultation.
  • Evaluate the core components of supervision and consultation as applied to one’s own role as a supervisor or consultant or to being a recipient.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 1.50 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
Course opens: 
07/19/2023
Course expires: 
12/31/2050
Event starts: 
10/22/2023 - 4:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/22/2023 - 6:00pm EDT
Rating: 
5

Presenter: Joan A. Turkus, MD

Presenter Bio: Joan A. Turkus, MD maintains a consulting and clinical practice in psychiatry and traumatology in McLean, Virginia. She is the Medical Director, TraumaSci: Complex Trauma Disorders Program at Dominion/HCA Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia and Co-Founder/past Medical Director of The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. Dr Turkus has years of experience in the trauma field and maintains a national profile with teaching and consultation. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in pharmacy and graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine with honors. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, of which she is a Past President. She has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical contributions, and a Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Psychiatry and the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry. She is trained in psychiatry, traumatology, clinical hypnosis and EMDR. She maintains a keen interest in neurobiology and psychopharmacology, particularly in their application to the complexity of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

 

 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 1.50 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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