The CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program is a voluntary program—unique to the needs of supervisors and supervisees within the State of California,
which goes above and beyond the BBS requirements for supervision. The program
is multifaceted and includes coursework, supervision, supervision consultation,
and a consultation summary.
In order to participate in the program, you must have been licensed as a therapist
in California for a minimum of two years.
The skills needed to be an effective supervisor are different than the skills
needed to be an effective clinician. The CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program
prepares you for your role as a supervisor!
How Do I Become Certified?
- Coursework – Take Comprehensive Supervision I, II & III. The coursework must total at least 18 hours. A description of the topics covered in each course can be found in the Certified Supervisor Program Candidate Handbook.
Supervision Experience – Conduct 52 weeks of supervision.
At the conclusion of the supervision process, provide a weekly supervision
Supervision Consultation – Complete 12 hours of consultation
with an individual who serves as your mentor/consultant. At the conclusion
of the consultation
process, provide a monthly consultation log. Click here for a list of CAMFT Certified Supervisors who qualify as a consultant.
Written Case Summary – Write a 3-5 page paper discussing
various aspects of the supervision process. An outline listing the exact
topics to be addressed
can be found in the Certified Supervisor Program Candidate Handbook: www.camft.org/csp.
- Consultation Summary – Write a one page paper
discussing what you gained by having a mentor/consultant and how that individual
helped you develop your
skills as a supervisor.
Here is what your colleagues are saying about the program:
The CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program was definitely worth my time and energy.
Our profession spends a lot of energy focusing on the licensing process and
ensuring clinicians are prepared to adequately treat a wide range of disorders.
The CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program helps to ensure that some focused attention
is being paid to the kind and quality of supervision provided to interns and
The supervision consultation provides a rare opportunity to deepen the value
of the supervision relationship, enabling the supervisor to better understand
how to use his/her whole self towards guiding individual supervisees. Nowhere
else have I had such a powerful opportunity to pay attention to just the supervision
process. ~ Moby R. Coquillard, MA, LMFT
My eight years as a CAMFT Certified Supervisor have most definitely enhanced
my career as a marriage and family therapist. Becoming a CAMFT Certified Supervisor
has been an incredible gift and a wonderful way to contribute to our healing
profession. We are helping to shape the future generations of therapists and
truly make a difference above and beyond the clients and families we work with.
I greatly value the responsibility that comes with being a supervisor, and
so often a mentor as well, to those who I am supervising. My work as a supervisor
has been a critical stepping stone in my life to get to where I am now. I whole-heartedly
recommend the CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program and this includes ongoing
support given by CAMFT. ~ Erica Ives, MA, LMFT
The supervision I received was of poor quality, hence I set out to enhance
my skills and become a well-trained supervisor. I feel that CAMFT offering
the Certified Supervisor Program heightens our reputation of monitoring ourselves
for the provision of quality treatment. I know for a fact that one of the reasons
I was chosen over other candidates and hired as paid adjunct faculty and clinical
supervisor at a local graduate school was because of my CAMFT Certified Supervisor
status. ~ Catherine Auman, MA, LMFT
Supervision, like anything else, can become stale if you don’t challenge
yourself. I learned quite a bit from the process and I have been a supervisor
for twenty years. We are required, as LMFTs, to ensure that quality therapy
is the norm, not the exception. It reflects on us all. The CAMFT Certified
Supervisor Program raises the bar and benefits the entire profession. I highly
recommend it to anyone who is serious about providing the best “hand-up” to
interns. ~ Michael L. Elterman, MA, LMFT
As a CAMFT Certified Supervisor, you have the opportunity to be recognized by potential supervisees and employers for your advanced training. As a CAMFT member, you receive a discount when completing the program! To find out more about the certification program, we invite you to print a copy of the CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program Brochure.
All forms are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need to download the Free Acrobat Reader to view the forms. If you do not have the Free Reader, to download.
The Supervision Workshop Series is available online only on CAMFT's On-Demand Learning Library. (Non-Members will need to create a login and password)
- Supervision Workshop Series: Practical Considerations of Supervision, Presented by Katheryn L. Whittaker, PsyD, LMFT, LPCC, - 6 CE Credits.
- Supervision Workshop Series: Deconstructing The Supervisory Relationship, Presented by Ellen Kinoy, MA, LMFT - 6 CE Credits.
- Supervision Workshop Series: Legal and Ethical Issues in Supervision - Presented by Mike Griffin, JD, LCSW, CAMFT Staff Attorney - 6 CE Credits.
- CAMFT Approved Coursework Education Providers for equivalent courses