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Supervisor Training 
Professional Development

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Professional and Applied Psychology recognizes that clinical supervisors are pivotal to the training experience of competent psychologists and counselors.

The PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology is committed to maintaining a strong and active linkage with our training sites. At our annual Supervisor Training Day, we distinguish our supervisors for the valued service they perform on behalf of our students in our clinical psychology, school psychology and counseling psychology programs, and provide them with opportunities to extend and broaden their supervisory competencies through advanced training.

2022 supervisor Training Day

Friday, October 21, 2022
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The annual supervisor training day included two live webinars. View the program brochure (PDF) for information about each session including educational objectives and suggested readings.

Normative and Prolonged Grief (Session 1)

This presentation explored normative grief and prolonged grief disorder and how clinicians and health professionals work with bereft individuals. Topics covered included definitions of normative grief and prolonged grief disorder, disenfranchised grief, meditators of the grieving process, cultural and spiritual influences, differential diagnosing, treatment planning, interventions, vicarious traumatization, caregiver burnout, and clinician self-care. The presenter used the clinical and empirical literature as well as knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT
Dr. Zampitella is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Fellow of Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is the founder and owner of the Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, and a professional speaker.

Five Strategies to Update Your Practices with Suicidal Patients (Session 2)

A 2020 survey found that 29% of psychologists had a patient attempt suicide while in treatment and 6% had a patient die from suicide in the last year. The presenter believes that recent research has identified strategies that can decrease these rates considerably. For example, conscientious psychologists want to implement effective interventions with their suicidal patients, yet almost one one-third of patients will falsely deny having suicidal thoughts to their psychotherapists (Blanchard & Farber, 2016). This workshop included strategies to facilitate patient disclosures of their suicidal risks

Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP
Dr. Samuel Knapp is a retired psychologist was the Director of Professional Affairs for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association from 1987 to 2021. He has written many books on ethics and wrote Suicide Prevention: An Ethically and Scientifically Informed Approach.

About the Supervisor Training Program

Supervisors engage in a number of activities including teaching fundamental clinical methods and competencies, and mentoring and supporting professional growth.

The annual supervisor training workshops are typically presented in the fall and are free and open to direct supervisors of practicum students and interns, and faculty, with registration.

All PCOM clinical supervisors and faculty are invited to attend. Please pass on this invitation to others at your agency who directly supervise our students in approved practicums/externships or internships.

Continuing Education Information

Criteria for earning CE

Full attendance is required to receive CE credit for each session. No partial credits are available. All participants must sign an attestation regarding attendance and indicate the type of CE credit they require through a link which will be provided following the session. At the conclusion of each session participants will be provided an additional link to complete an evaluation survey; we request that you take a few minutes to anonymously provide feedback.


PCOM's School of Professional and Applied Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Professional & Applied Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Certified counselors

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Professional and Applied Psychology has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.5672. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Professional and Applied Psychology is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Licensed social workers

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Professional and Applied Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Professional and Applied Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work Examiners recognizes and accepts the psychology continuing education hours/ credits for social workers. However, all social workers are responsible for checking with their Board. The Board requires a minimum duration of two hours per program. After successfully meeting the criteria for earning CE’s, social workers will receive the Certificate of Attendance.

Unless otherwise specified in the program promotional materials, there is no commercial support interest to the sponsor, instructors, content of instruction or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

For any program that has a fee attached, the School of Professional and Applied Psychology requires that notification of cancellation be made no later than three business days before the day of the program. Full refunds are available for notifications for programs with fees that are made within three business days prior to the day of the event. For all other cancellations, a credit will be issued for a future PCOM CE program.

Further Information about the Refund/Cancellation Policy and any other questions may be obtained by contacting Katie Garson, MSEd., Coordinator of Continuing Education at

Past Events

2021 Supervisor Training Day
  • Telepsych and PSYPACT
    Alex M. Siegel, JD, PhD
  • Positive Psychology During a Pandemic: Strengths, Meaning and Mindfulness
    Scott Glassman, PsyD
  • View the 2021 program brochure (PDF).
2020 Supervisor Training Day
  • Mental Health Needs of Trauma-Impacted Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) Youth: Implementing TF-CBT for LGBT Youth and Their Caregivers
    Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA
  • Improving Women's Health and Mental Health: Psychology Competencies and Strategies in Integrated Primary Care
    Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP
  • View the 2020 program brochure (PDF).
2019 Supervisor Training Day
  • Emotional Schema Therapy: Coping with Difficulty Emotions
    Robert L. Leahy, PhD
  • Nuances of Suicide Risk Assessment: Tips and Tricks for Validity in a Technology World
    Terri A. Erbacher, PhD
  • The Supervisor's Role in Enhancing Professional Development: Ethical and Professional Issues
    Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP
  • View the 2019 program brochure (PDF).
2018 Supervisor Training Day
  • Cognitive Conceptualization
    Judith S. Beck, PhD
  • Competence in CBT Supervision: Do You Get the Drift?
    Allen R. Miller, PhD, M.B.A.
  • Assessing and Treating Behavioral Sleep Difficulties in Anxious Children and Adolescents
    Johanna Carpenter, PhD, and Ariel Williamson, PhD
2017 Supervisor Training Day
  • Physician-Patient Communication: Applying Psychologists' Skills to Improve Quality and Satisfaction for Patients, Families, and Clinicians
    Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, ABPP
  • Giving Your Very Best in Supervision and Managing Common Ethical Issues
    David Rubenstein, PsyD