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Counseling Psychology guest speaker — Janet T. Thomas, Psy.D.

Cleveland Hall
Room 70C (Graduate Lounge)
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About the event

About the event

The supervision of psychotherapy carries with it significant responsibilities. Supervisors must oversee the welfare of their supervisees’ clients, facilitate the supervisees’ professional development, and serve as gatekeepers for the profession. Helping supervisees navigate the ethical challenges they encounter is an integral dimension of each of these responsibilities.

Dr. Janet T. Thomas will present the Integrative Developmental Model of supervision as a framework for understanding these ethical issues. She will describe the application of theoretical concepts and corresponding strategies for effectively executing supervisory duties. Participants will examine the implications of this models for training novice clinicians, monitoring the clinical work of supervisees at all levels, and conceptualizing the ethical missteps when they occur.

Learning Objectives
  1. Use the Integrative Development Model of supervision to identify characteristics of supervisees at each stage of development.
  2. Identify clinical and ethical errors common to supervisees at each stage of professional development.
  3. Discuss supervisory strategies to prevent ethical violations and to address problems when they occur.
Biographical Info

Janet T. Thomas, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she provides psychotherapy, assessment, ethics consultation, and both developmental and remedial supervision. She has taught graduate courses, including professional ethics and clinical supervision, at the University of Saint Thomas, the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, and at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Dr. Thomas has authored related journal articles and book chapters, and books including Navigating the Board Complaint Process: A Guide for Minnesota Psychologists (2002) and more recently, The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals (APA, 2010).

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