CPI News Brief Volume 12 Issue 21 * October 2023

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Registration is Now Open for CPI Webinar

“Supervision Basics: For the New and Aspiring Supervisor

(and Experienced Supervisors who are Looking for a Refresher)”

Two New Identical Live Webinars Have Been Added: December 14, 10am - noon

February 13, 2024, 2:30pm-4:30pm


Please join us for this important webinar, “Supervision Basics for the New and Aspiring Supervisor””, led by Michael Blady, LCSW-R and Paul Margolies, Ph.D.

When this webinar was offered in May, 300 people registered. Participants told us they found the presentation very interesting and extremely helpful in better understanding their role as a supervisor. But many thought it would be even better if attendance was limited.

We listened and offered three new limited registration sessions of “Supervision Basics: For the New and Aspiring Supervisor (and Experienced Supervisors who are Looking for a Refresher)”, which reached capacity very quickly.

We have now added two more sessions: December 14, 2023 (10am – noon), and February 13, 2024 (2:30pm – 4:30pm). The material will be the same for each session so pick one date.

Agency supervisors play a key role in ensuring that recipients receive high-quality services and staff are provided with the support they need to develop the skills, knowledge, and values to do their jobs. Good supervision has been linked to positive staff outcomes like improved job satisfaction, higher morale, and learning evidence-based practices.

Unfortunately, most people who become supervisors aren’t offered training or coursework before taking on this important role. This can make an always challenging job even more difficult.

This webinar is designed to address this gap in supervisor training and education. We will focus on the transition from clinician/direct service worker to supervisor. Participants will learn about the roles of the supervisor and the skills and competencies supervisors need to develop and support staff, such as creating a safe and supportive workplace, providing constructive feedback, maintaining appropriate boundaries, supervising through a lens of cultural competency and humility, and what it means to become part of the management team.

2 CEUs for this training are pending approval. 

Please note that this event requires preregistration in the CPI Learning Management System. You can click here to register.

Capacity is limited, so please register soon.


Michael Blady, LCSW-R, is a clinical, training and program development consultant, and private practitioner. He was the Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge from 2012-2020. Prior to that he worked for the Institute for Community Living and Henry Street Settlement. In his 40+ year career in human services as a clinician, supervisor, manager, and agency leader Michael has worked with adults, children, and families across the spectrum of social service needs. Michael is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, on the faculty of the Academy for Justice-Informed Practice, CUCS, and consultant for the Center for Practice Innovations. Michael is a graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services, class of 1978.

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Paul Margolies, Ph.D. is Associate Director for Practice Innovation and Implementation at the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry (CPI), located at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. At CPI Dr. Margolies oversees implementation and training efforts for a number of initiatives that bring best treatment practices for those diagnosed with serious mental illness to the field, including IPS supported employment. Dr. Margolies is a licensed psychologist who received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Over the course of the past 40+ years, he has worked in community and inpatient settings in a variety of clinical, supervisory and administrative roles. His recent publications focus on implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices, the Individual Placement and Support approach to supported employment, and Wellness Self-Management. He has presented papers and workshops at regional, national and international conferences on topics including evidence-based practices, transformational leadership, organizational change, cognitive-behavior therapy, and psychiatric rehabilitation.

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Topics will include:

  • Cultural humility within the context of supervision,
  • Staff evaluation and development,
  • How Motivational Interviewing and stages of change can be used within the supervision process,
  • Burnout, and
  • Providing group supervision.