Supervisor Peer Support Program

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Program Description

Given the current need for RP supervisors to be qualified to supervise other RPs, this program is designed to give RP supervisors support and training for effective supervision in a facilitated group support program.

The Supervisor Peer Support Program provides a safe space for RP supervisors to come together and share experiences, knowledge, and ideas​ in a peer group ​with an expert facilitator who will focus each session on a key supervision issue.

The facilitator’s role is to:

  • Create a safe and comfortable space, free of judgement​
  • Ensure everyone is participating​
  • Keep everyone on task​
  • Allow proper information to be understood and relayed effectively​
  • Provide ongoing support

Participants in the program will meet online for a 90-minute session once a week for 8 weeks. The facilitators will use engaging activities and techniques such as case studies, roleplaying, group discussion, small group work, videos, reflection questions, and homework to engage participants in each topic.

The Topics for Each Session Are:

Defining Supervision

  • Getting the supervisee to self-supervision
  • Gate-keeping
  • Contractual agreement

Models and Methods of Supervision

  • Pros and cons of different methods with different supervisees
  • Practical application of models and methods
  • Use of technology in supervision
  • Contractual agreement

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conflict resolution
  • Working with difficult supervisees
  • Power differential
  • Contractual agreement

Personal Counselling Versus Personal Exploration

  • Transference and countertransference
  • Your style
  • Boundary crossing
  • Contractual agreement

Ethical Legal and Risk Management Issues

  • Ethical decision making
  • Crisis situations
  • Relationships
  • Contractual agreement

Effective Supervisor

  • Tough conversations
  • Asking for help
  • Supervisees with more experience (in certain areas)
  • Struggles as supervisors
  • Contractual agreement


  • Delivering constructive criticism
  • Ensuring evaluation is accurate and fair
  • Risk taking: balancing risk for client with growth of supervisee
  • Contractual agreement


  • Open conversations about difference (including race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disability, religion, and age)
  • Contractual agreement

Participant Commitment

  1. OAMHP member
  2. Must be an RP with 5 years of experience
  3. Must be a supervisor
  4. Commit to attend all sessions
  5. Participate in all evaluation components of this pilot project

The Facilitators

For over 25 years, Laure-Marie Carignan, PhD RP, has served individuals, couples and families in community service settings of the national capital region, acting as therapist, clinical director, supervisor, and trainer of therapist teams. She is a professor at Saint-Paul University, teaching psychotherapy and couple and family intervention skills, psycho-spiritual development of children and adolescents, couple and family development, ethics, and relational and clinical implications of neurodiversity. She also provides clinical supervision to students in the Master’s program. Very recently, Laure-Marie contributed in a work group for OTSTCFQ to develop a guide for training supervisors of couple and family therapists.

Elizabeth Scarlett has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years, specializing in concurrent disorders, complex trauma and suicide intervention. She is a Certified First Responder Counselor and co-founder of the Behavior Elevation Academy Inc. which provides online courses and in person workshops on burnout prevention. She works in full time private practice providing psychotherapy, clinical supervision and community consulting services.

Marlee Rubel is a Registered Psychotherapist offering clinical consultation, supervision, trainings, and program development to individuals, hospitals and various agencies within Toronto. Operating from a social justice oriented and trauma-informed lens, she specializes in complex trauma, queer experience, and couples’ therapy in her clinical practice. She approaches her work with warmth, humour, and an ongoing commitment to skillfulness and ease.


Cost: $200 + HST  (for 8 90-minutes sessions)

CECs: 16

Dates: Week of May 18 to week of July 10

  • Tuesdays 10am-11:30am with facilitator Laure-Marie Carignan
    • Starting Tuesday May 19
  • Wednesdays 3pm-4:30pm with facilitator Marlee Rubel
    • Starting Wednesday May 20

Please note there is a limit of 15 people per group.

All sessions start the week of May 18 and run for 8 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions and must communicate with their facilitator if a conflict arises.