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Ethics of Supervision: Top 10 Best and Worst Practices

Friday, October 8, 2021 / 9:00am-12:15pm

Richmont Graduate University – Atlanta Campus (1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339)

Live In-Person / 3 Ethics OR Supervision CEs Available (for Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers)


Presented by

William F. Doverspike, Ph.D., ABPP

William F. Doverspike, Ph.D. is a Senior Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University, where he teaches ethical, professional, and legal standards in the clinical psychology doctoral training program. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Mercer University College of Health Professions. Dr. Doverspike is author of Risk Management (2015), the first edition of which evolved out of his 12 years of experience as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA). Dr. Doverspike is a former President of GPA and he is currently a member of the state licensing board for psychologists. He holds board certification Diplomates in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and Neuropsychology (ABPN). He maintains a private practice at the Atlanta Counseling Center.

Course Description:

This continuing education activity will include a discussion of some of the best practices in supervision contrasted with some of the most common worst practices. This activity will include discussion of aspirational principles and enforceable standards of the ACA (2014) ACA Code of Ethics and the APA (2017) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize three sources of risk in supervision.
2. Describe three unethical practices to avoid.
3. Identify three best practices to implement.
4. Apply ethical standards to one case study.

Schedule of the Day:

9:00AM to 9:45AM Learning Objective 1
9:45AM to 10:30AM Learning Objective 2
10:30AM to 10:45AM Break
10:45AM to 11:30AM Learning Objective 3
11:30AM to 12:15PM Learning Objective 4

Target audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists

Instruction Level: Beginner to Advanced

Continuing Education: 3 Ethics CEs Available. 


  • FREE: Richmont HOPE & Henegar Clinical Supervisors
  • $75: Richmont Alumni & Richmont Outplacement Clinical Supervisors
  • $99: Guests



Journal Articles:

  1. Borders, L. D. (2014). Best practices in clinical supervision: Another step in delineating effective supervision practice. The American Journal of Psychotherapy, 68(2), 151-162.
  2. Borders, L. D., Brown, J. B., & Purgason, L. L. (2015, November 10). Triadic supervision with practicum and internship counseling students: A peer supervision approach. The Clinical Supervisor, 34(2), 232-248.
  3. Ladany, N., Lehrman-Waterman, D., Molinaro, M., & Wolgast, B. (1999). Psychotherapy supervisor ethical practices: Adherence to guidelines, the supervisory working alliance, and supervisee satisfaction. The Counseling Psychologist, 27(3), 443-475.
  4. Ladany, N. (2002). Psychotherapy supervision: How dressed is the emperor? Psychotherapy Bulletin, 37(4), 14–18.
  5. Lannin, D. G., & Scott, N. A. (2014). Social networking ethics: Developing best practices for the new small world. Professional Psychology: Research, and Practice, 44(3), 135-141.


  1. American Psychological Association. (2014). Guidelines for clinical supervision in health service psychology.
  2. Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Corey, C. (2018). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (10th ed.). Cengage.
  3. Koocher, G. P., & Keith-Spiegel, P. (2016). Ethics in psychology: Professional standards and cases (5th ed.). Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Psychology.
  4. Doverspike, W. F. (2015). Risk management: Clinical, ethical, and legal guidelines for successful practice (2nd). Professional Resource Press. Pages 271-272.
  5. Fisher, C. B. (2013). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists (3rd ed.). Sage Publications.
  6. Remley, T. P., & Herlihy, B. (2014). Ethical, legal, and professional issues in counseling (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. Professional Psychology: Research, and Practice, 44(3), 135-141.


    For questions, please contact Martha Busby at
    Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to  October 1st.

    There is no known commercial support for this workshop.

    Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identifited. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

    Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


    Ethics of Supervision: Top 10 Best and Worst Practices