Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Event Speaker

Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R.Psych.


Dr. Jeff Chang is Associate Professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University. Jeff is a Registered Psychologist (AB), a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor Mentor with Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

As a clinician Jeff has worked in children’s mental health, employee assistance programs, and private practice. His current practice focuses on families embroiled in high-conflict separation and divorce.

Jeff is an accomplished clinical supervisor and a resource to supervisors in Alberta and Canada. He has taught the AAMFT 30-hour Fundamentals of MFT Supervision, created and curates the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) on-line clinical supervision course, is the supervision columnist for PAA’s newsletter, and is a Supervision Consultant for the College of Alberta Psychologists.


Developing Your Personalized Approach to Supervision: The Contextual-Functional Approach

Speaker: Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Clinical supervision is the “signature pedagogy” of behavioral health disciplines. Supervisees differ in their developmental needs (from Master's practicum students to postdoctoral licensure candidates), with diverse theoretical orientations, work contexts, and intersectional identities.

The Contextual Functional Meta-Framework (CFM), with six components and nine roles of supervisors, is a guiding framework for supervision practice. This workshop will guide participants through six components of the CFM, and the nine roles of supervisors. By the conclusion of the workshop, they will be led to develop a personalized framework for supervision.

Because the six components orient supervisors to what to think about, as opposed to telling them what to think, this is not a model of supervision, but a meta-framework. Because the components and supervisory functions are not tied to a particular theoretical orientation, discipline, or professional activity, the net effect is a practical approach to supervision that is sensitive to contextual and organizational demands, acknowledges the various “hats” that supervisors wear, focuses on what works, attends to the life stage of the supervisee, and sees supervision as a medium for life-long learning. The supervision process attends to the development of the practitioner, but only earns its keep when it enhances service delivery and clinical effectiveness.

Key Takeaways

1. Describe the six elements of the Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework (CFM) for clinical supervision.

2. Ascertain organizational and institutional accountability in clinical supervision.

3. Distinguish the nine relational positions of the CFM and when to use them

4. Use the CFM to develop their personalized approach to supervision