Clinical supervision is available individually, on an ongoing or “as-needed” basis, or in time-limited small groups. Individual and group supervision can be face-to face, by phone or through a secure and confidential internet program.
These small groups of 8-10 participants are meant to be relaxed and welcoming meeting places conducive to knowledge exchange. Through discussions focused on clinical situations, clinicians are exposed to multiple case studies and alternative approaches. Participants are kept informed of the latest research findings in these fast moving fields.
Some clinicians may prefer a one-on-one context in which to review their work with clients and their professional development. If you would like to schedule individual supervision, please contact us.
Community groups / Front-line Workers
Individuals (or teams) doing front-line work that includes mental health care may be eligible for sliding-scale clinical support. If you work in the context of a community organization and you feel you or your team could benefit from our services, please contact us to discuss available options.
Do I need supervision?
Here are some of the situations for which supervision may be useful:
- A student in my school is experiencing homophobic bullying. What can I do? What can we do as a school?
- A 13 year old I’m seeing just told me that they felt they were living in the wrong body, that they can’t stand it anymore and are thinking of suicide. How can I best support this youth?
- I have been meeting with a family whose 9-year-old daughter identifies as male and presents as such in school. She’s changed her name to a masculine name and insists on going to the boys’ washroom. She gets angry if we refer to her using female pronouns. The parents don’t know whether they should support the child in these changes. How do I help this family?
Couples and Families
- A lesbian couple I met with for the first time is considering parenthood; they wish to discuss some of the additional challenges with which they’ll be faced in this project. What are the specific issues that distinguish a same-sex couple from an opposite-sex couple ?
- I’m assessing a male couple for adoption. They want to adopt a girl. Isn’t it best that she be raised by women than men?
- I’m dealing with parents who just found out their child is lesbian and can’t accept it because of their religious beliefs. How can I help them?
- I work in youth protection services and I’m scheduled to assess a family where a mom is changing sex and becoming a man. How do I assess fairly what’s in the best interest of the children?
Counseling & “Coming-out”
- A man that I see because of depression symptoms just told me he has sex with men while married to his wife. He is dealing with feelings of shame and fears that he might be HIV positive. What is the best approach to helping him sort through his issues?
- I work in a drug and alcohol treatment center, how can I help my gay client feel better about his sexual orientation so he can have sex sober?
- I’m dealing with a young person who tells me they know they’re transgender and want to access hormone treatment. How can I be sure they’re transgender?
- I work in a women’s shelter and we’ve been approached by a very masculine looking person who says she’s a transsexual woman in need of our services. How do we help this person?
- I’m an attorney defending a transgender woman whose ex-spouse refuses to give her access to her children for fear it will confuse and hurt them. Is there any research in this area that I could use in court?
- I work in youth protection and I have to assess a family in conflict in regards to the behaviour of the 6 year old boy who “plays dress-up with girls’ clothes and plays with girl toys”. The parents are separated. The father contacted us; he accuses his former spouse of “forcing their son to play with ‘girl things’ because she always wanted a girl and was disappointed when she learned she was carrying a boy”. The father says that his son behaves typically masculine when he’s with him. How do I more fairly assess this family to determine whether the child is exposed to risk?
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