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Clinical Supervision during COVID-19: Learning from Challenges

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Friday, October 28, 2022
9:30 am – 3 pm
Online via Zoom

(virtual link sent after registration)

Presented by
Sepiedah Sam Soheilian, Ph.D. (University of Baltimore) & Tiffany O’Shaughnessy Ph.D. (San Francisco State University)

This program will provide 4 hours of continuing education. This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and Seton Hall University. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This four-hour workshop will build upon the foundation of a completed doctoral program in applied psychology by moving attendees beyond their training in clinical supervision theory, research, and practice to address clinical telesupervision. With the implementation of shelter-in-place restrictions across the nation in early 2020, many psychologists quickly transitioned from an entirely in-person practice to practicing fully online. Simultaneously, supervisors, many with limited prior exposure to or training on distance supervision strategies needed to provide services to trainees online.

This workshop will share best practices in telesupervision from the growing body of theoretical and empirical scholarship on telesupervision along with the results of our own mixed-methods study exploring how COVID-19 impacted clinical training and supervision from the perspectives of both supervisors and trainees. Strategies for enhancing the supervisory working alliance when working virtually with diverse supervisees will be emphasized. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own supervisory practice and identify areas for growth.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate own preparedness for ethical telesupervision practice.
  • Describe empirical research on telesupervision.
  • List two strategies to enhance the telesupervisory working alliance.
  • Describe how to broach cultural differences in telesupervision.
  • List two strategies to improve quality of telesupervision.

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About the Presenters

Image of Sepideh Sam Soheilian, Ph.D. Sepideh Sam Soheilian, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Baltimore. She teaches primarily in the M.S. in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology Concentration. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. She also holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh, and a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University with a minor in French. Dr. Soheilian completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of South Carolina Counseling and Human Development Center. She completed her post-doctoral residency at Lehigh University Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Soheilian’s research focuses on training counselors through culturally focused clinical supervision and training. She has co-authored multiple articles, chapters, and professional presentations on supervision competency. More recently, her scholarship has focused on telesupervision experiences both pre and post pandemic. In addition to clinical supervision and training, Dr. Soheilian is also dedicated to research focused on Middle Eastern American and Arab American mental health.

Headshot of Tiffany O Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor of Counseling at San Francisco State University. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology and master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley - Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. O’Shaughnessy’s research focuses on LGBTQ affirmative therapy and fostering multicultural and social justice counseling skills through supervision and training. She has co-authored multiple articles, chapters, and professional presentations on supervision competency and was awarded the Society of Counseling Psychology Supervision and Training Section’s Outstanding Early Career Professional/Trainer award in 2015. She also maintains a therapy practice in Berkeley, CA, and served for a decade as a volunteer individual clinical supervisor and trainer for The Pacific Center for Human Growth, a queer community mental health center that provides sliding-scale therapy to foster the well-being of the LGBTQ community. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the collective coordinator for the Association for Women in Psychology, and is an active member of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Bay Area Open Minds, and the American Counseling Association. She has also served on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Women & Therapy, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

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Seton Hall University makes our CE programs accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please contact Peggy Farrelly, Ph.D., at if special accommodation is required.

This program did not receive any commercial support, and there are no conflicts of interest to report. This conference is supported in part through generous contributions from Mrs. Raymond Hanbury.

Refund Policy: A 50% refund is available for cancellations up to 7 days prior to the event. Please contact Simone Robinson at before the refund deadline to be reimbursed.