Become a Supervisor

A site supervisor provides an integral part of an intern’s training, guiding the intern’s clinical activities. Site supervisors evaluate the intern’s clinical performance over current clinical cases.

Tina Schermer-Sellers with two graduate students

A supervisor monitors, evaluates, and provides feedback toward the intern’s growth as a therapist. The site supervisor and SPU practicum supervisor form a supervision team, communicating as needed and during evaluation periods.

Effective supervision entails mentoring someone who is newer in the field than the supervisor. Supervisors will allow and encourage an intern’s exploration of appropriate theoretical and clinical models of marriage and family therapy, even if the orientation differs from that of the supervisor.

The internship site will offer the intern high-quality supervision with regard to the intern’s delivery of clinical services.

To be approved to supervise, the supervisor must either:

  • be an AAMFT approved supervisor,
  • be an AAMFT supervisor candidate, or
  • meet equivalency criteria detailed below.

Evidence of education and licensure:

  • Graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health discipline
  • State licensure (LMFT, LCSW, LMHC, or licensed psychologist)
  • Didactic/experiential training in the supervision of marriage and family therapy (at least 15 hours)
  • Training and education in marriage and family therapy

Evidence of clinical and supervision experience:

  • At least three years of post-graduate clinical practice of marital and family therapy; and
  • At least one year supervising marital and family therapy in a clinical setting.

If you are interested in becoming a supervisor with our program, contact Peter Rivera, PhD, director of internships, at 206-281-2632 or, to discuss the requirements for both supervisors and sites. We will need your documentation on file prior to beginning supervision of our students.