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Mastering Supervision: Moving from Effective to Excellent

“Mastering Supervision gave me a new lens to consider how my strengths can benefit my supervisory team, office managers, and leadership and executive teams. There’s a lot of relevant content for supervisors with less than two years of experience too!”
— 2015 Mastering Supervision Trainee

What is the Mastering Supervision training?

Great supervisors nurture high performance, engagement, adaptability and innovation. Today’s behavioral health workforce must juggle many tasks and multiple responsibilities, all within an environment of weighty accountability and breathless change. It’s not easy. And it’s even tougher if guided by an untrained supervisor who’s also besieged with overwhelming expectations. A skilled, confident supervisor can help make all sorts of progress happen: performance targets hit and exceeded; high engagement, morale and staff satisfaction; creative and innovative ideas; and willing flexibility and trust around constant change.

Who should attend?

Any one that oversees clinical staff, particularly peers and new staff.

Why is Mastering Supervision important to your organization?

Great Supervisors Stem the Turnover Tide.

  • Staff turnover hurts. It destroys supportive and therapeutic continuity, expertise and talent drain away, and remaining staff burn out. And companies weather staggering costs from lost productivity, time-consuming recruitment and ramp up efforts, and plummeting morale. Great supervisors are an organization’s best protection against devastating turnover. As Gallup has said for decades: great employees stay or leave based on their relationship with their direct supervisor. In fact, the relationship’s quality usually outweighs money and mission when folks are choosing whether to stay or leave. Every dollar spent on supervisors’ training saves thousands in staff turnover costs.

Great Supervisors Nurture High Performance, Engagement, Adaptability and Innovation.

  • Today’s behavioral health workforce must juggle many tasks and multiple responsibilities, all within an environment of weighty accountability and breathless change. It’s not easy. And it’s even tougher if guided by an untrained supervisor who’s also besieged with whelming expectations. A skilled, confident supervisor can help make all sorts of magical things happen: performance targets hit and exceeded; high engagement, morale and staff satisfaction; creative and innovative ideas; and willing flexibility and trust around constant change.

This training is designed to help your supervisors find the skills and confidence to nurture the behavioral health staff we so desperately need, want and depend on.

Although the National Council does not offer continuing education (CE) credits, we are happy to provide the resources needed to obtain CEs. This training has previously been approved for ASWB, NAADAC and ANCC CE credits. 

Program Faculty


Jody Levison-Johnson,
Assistant Vice President, National Council for Behavioral Health

Jody Levison-Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker and has over 20 years of child, adolescent and family behavioral health experience. As Assistant Vice President at the National Council for Behavioral Health, she manages government and privately-funded initiatives to enable quality improvement and workforce development in mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery organizations and provides and oversees training and technical assistance to human service organizations, counties and states. Prior to joining the National Council, she served as the Chief Clinical Officer for Choices Coordinated Care Solutions, a care management organization that provided wraparound and care coordination services to youth in four states and the District of Columbia. She was responsible for all program operations, as well as service and business development activities. Ms. Levison-Johnson served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health from 2011 to 2014, where she was responsible for clinical oversight and management of publicly funded behavioral health services for adults and children including the statewide public sector managed care efforts.

 

Pam Pietruszewski, MA, Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Pam Pietruszewski has more than 20 years’ experience in primary care and behavioral health integration with a specialty in Motivational Interviewing for behavior change. She is the clinical lead for the Hilton Foundation’s Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative and recently facilitated Innovation Communities for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions on Developing High Functioning Primary Care Teams and Building Integrated Behavioral Health in the Primary Care Setting. Previously she worked at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) as a team director where her work included the DIAMOND Initiative, a depression care management program that received the 2010 Gold Award from the American Psychiatric Association; and the Partners in Integrated Care (PIC) project to disseminate an integration model for depression and risky substance use across four states. Pam holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

 

Nick Szubiak, Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Nick Szubiak brings more than 15 years of experience in direct service and clinical supervision. At Nick’s former agency, West Hawaii Community Health Center (WHCHC), Nick managed an integrated primary care environment that supports de-stigmatization and improved access to care for individuals managing chronic health conditions, addictions and mental health issues. His expertise involves systems change management with emphasis around the integration of primary and behavioral health care. Nick’s training experience fosters both primary care and behavioral health care provider’s successful adaption to clinical and organizational culture change. Nick is a former adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thomas School of Social Work. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.

Want to learn more?

Listen to the recording, download the presentation slides from our informational webinar or view our course one-pager to learn if this is right for you.

Questions? Contact Gabe Abbondandolo at GabeA@thenationalcouncil.org