The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Supervision Institute

Supervision Institute

Supervision Institute

2013 - 2014 Training Programs: 

If you are interested in providing any Supervision Institute Training Workshops at your location please contact:  Tamara Kaiser at (612) 825-8053.

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Mission Statement
The Supervision Institute was founded by Dr. Tamara L. Kaiser and Dr. Angeline Barretta Herman, faculty members of the School of Social Work, in 1994.  The mission of the Institute is to promote greater knowledge of the skills, theory, approaches and issues involved in clinical supervision. Its philosophy is that the development of competent practitioners depends on competent supervision. To fulfill its mission, the Institute is engaged in research, publications, workshops and presentations on supervision. The Institute Faculty offers post-masters level training for current supervisors or potential supervisors of practicing clinicians. In addition, faculty associated with the Institute offer non-agency-based consultation and supervision for licensure.

Teaching Faculty
Tamara L. Kaiser, PhD LICSW, LMFT, co-director of the Supervision Institute,  is Professor Emerita at the St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work.  She  has practiced psychotherapy for more than 35 years, and has more than 25 years of experience providing supervision and consultation for practitioners. She has offered over 60 workshops and presentations both nationally and locally on the topic of supervision, has published several journal articles on the topic of supervision and is the author of Supervisory Relationships: Exploring the Human Element  (1997) and co-creator of the training video and manual, Challenges in Cross Cultural Supervision  (2000).   She serves on the editorial board of the journal The Clinical Supervisor.  She is also the author of A User’s Guide to Therapy: What to Expect and How you can Benefit (2009).

Carol F. Kuechler, Ph.D., LISW, Co-Director Supervision Institute and MSW Program Director, has  more than 35 years experience as a social worker. She has practiced as a social worker, supervisor and researcher in public social service and nonprofit agencies. As an educator for the past 18 years, she has taught classes in supervision, consulted with agency practitioners and managers, and provided supervision for licensure. She developed the consultation circle, a model for peer consultation, which has been the topic of publications, professional presentations and workshops locally, nationally and internationally. Her sabbatical research on group supervision has contributed to our understanding of this practice from the perspective of supervisors. As co-director of the institute she is working with colleagues who are interested in providing similar training for practitioners in Ireland as well as participating in the ongoing offerings of the Supervision Institute for  practitioners in Minnesota. 

Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D., LISW received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where she completed research on supervision in the context of public child welfare, looking at the role conflict for supervisors between clinical supervision and administrative supervision. She holds a MSW from the University of Minnesota, with a concentration on human service management, as well as an MA in public policy from the Humphrey Institute. Dr. Ferguson is new to the Supervision Institute; bringing 17 years of experience in the field as well as three years of teaching and training on agency-based supervision. Most recently, she authored a chapter on clinical supervision for the book Child Welfare Supervsision: A Practical Guide for Supervisors, Managers, and Administrators published by Oxford University Press.

Jane F Hurley Johncox, MSW, LICSW has 20 years experience as a social worker. She became full-time faculty at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social in fall 2006. In her prior role, she has done extensive work in the area of evidence-based practices. She was responsible for the development and implementation of effective correctional practices that were supported by research and evidence based practices. She conducted research of cognitive behavioral interventions with high-risk offenders, on effective case management techniques for professional staff who supervised medium to high-risk clients, and oversaw the implementation of multi-systemic therapy. Jane provided clinical supervision for 10 years with therapists using Multi-systemic Therapy, a blueprint program with the National Institute for Mental Health. Based on this work, she developed curriculum used by the corrections department, training manuals, and pocket guides. She has presented her work locally, regionally and nationally.

Training Videos (available in DVD for order) 
Challenges in Cross-Cultural Supervision
A professional development training video and instructor’s manual for supervisors, trainers, educators and practitioners that stimulates in-depth thought and discussion regarding the conflicting and complex issues involved in the cross cultural supervisory relationship.
Created and produced by the Supervision Institute:
Tamara L. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Carol F. Kuechler, Ph.D.
Angeline Barretta-Herman, Ph.D.
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Boundary Dilemmas in Supervision
A professional development training video that helps supervisors, trainers, educators and practitioners identify and address troublesome boundary dilemmas in the supervisory relationship.
Featuring:  Marilyn Peterson Armour, Ph.D.
Created by the School of Social Work Faculty.
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PUBLICATIONS (former and current Supervision Institute Faculty)

For future offerings or information:
Carol Kuechler
(651) 690-6719

Hiyana Xiong
(651) 962-5816