CPI News Brief Volume 13 Issue 2 * January 2024

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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)”

One Additional Webinar Has Been Added:

March 6, 10am - noon


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.

This webinar was first offered in May 2023 and has been offered several times since. Five additional sessions reached capacity very quickly. We have now scheduled a new session on March 6, 2024 (10am – noon).

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:

  • Burnout and trauma (April date TBD),
  • Cultural humility within the context of supervision (May date TBD),
  • Providing group supervision (June date TBD),
  • Staff evaluation and development (Fall date TBD),
  • How Motivational Interviewing and stages of change can be used within the supervision process (Fall date TBD), and
  • Supervision of staff working with high-risk suicidal individuals (Fall date TBD).