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Relational Supervisory Experience in Master Social Work Training


November 5, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

  • Location: Live Webinar. You will receive the Zoom link after you register.
  • Presenter: Ann Costa, PhD, LCSW
  • Discussant: Whitney van Nouhuys, PhD, MFT
  • Date: Sunday, November 5, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Followed by a short ceremony to celebrate Dr. Costa’s graduation

Course Description

Little is known about how master’s level social work field instructors use the supervisory relationship in teaching Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies and helping students develop professionally and personally. Using a mixed method phenomenological research study, the supervisory relationship is examined through Sarnat’s (2016) relational supervision model incorporating relational psychodynamic theory. The findings suggest the relationship between the field instructor and the master’s level social work student is crucial in teaching the CSWE competencies and in helping the students develop both professionally and personally.

Presenter Bio

Ann Costa, PhD, LCSW, pursued graduate studies at the Sanville Institute, eventually earning her doctoral degree from The Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Dr. Costa has spent over thirty years working with active-duty military and veterans, offering mental health and substance abuse treatment. She has supervised trainees in both inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals, groups, couples, and families. Dr Costa is currently a clinical and administrative supervisor at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Course Level

This program is designed for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs; instructional level is intermediate.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the current literature on social work training of field instruction and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic supervision literature.
  2. Participants will be able to connect Sarnat’s psychiatric supervision model along with other psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts to the importance of the supervisory relationship in teaching social workers HOW to be social workers.
  3. Participants will be able to identify the core competencies in master social work training, as described in the Council of Social Work Education.


1.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credit


Free Event

The Sanville Institute, formerly a PhD-granting institution, now sponsors programs for continuing professional education. The Sanville Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs. The Sanville Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

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November 5, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST


Live Webinar
See link below.


The Sanville Institute
The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
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