Clinical Supervision

Program Overview

This certificate program provides a theoretical and practical understanding of clinical supervision process based on case presentations and relevant readings, integrating theory with supervisory practice skills. The program will assists supervisors to develop and expand their theoretical knowledge. It will teach methods that utilize a psychodynamic framework. The program will also include discussion of administrative challenges in the supervisory relationship. Completion of this certificate program meets the specialized training component to become a certified clinical supervisor under the auspices of NBCC. The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Supervision offers participants an opportunity to keep abreast of recent theoretical developments in supervision and to take part in clinical case presentations that relate to their work with current supervisees. Class members have been enthusiastic about the experience of presenting to the group, and they value the feedback and cohesiveness that develop over time.

Preference will be given to applicants who have an LCSW and are beginning to or are currently supervising staff.

Program Director: Virgen Luce, LCSW-R

Virgen Luce (LCSW-R, ACSW) joined NYU Silver School of Social Work as full-time faculty member in 2006. She received the 2011 Social Work Leadership Award from the NASW-NYC Latino Social Work Task Force for her dedication and commitment to social work education and the great strides that she has achieved to encourage and support Latino students and social workers in the community.

Professor Luce has been a leader in HIV/AIDS prevention and education, resulting in the creation of new resources and services for patients in her previous senior management and administrative positions. These positions included director of behavioral health at Betances Health Center and manager of AIDS Center: Pediatric-Maternal Services & Women’s Project at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

She has given numerous presentations on "Mental Health and HIV Affected Adolescents" and "The Therapeutic Use of Art with HIV+ Children." In addition, she has presented on "The Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse" to students in the NYU Occupational Therapy Program. As a lecturer at the New York City Social Work Education Consortium Immigrant Child Welfare Fellowship, she presented "Best Practices for the Development of Culturally/Linguistically Competent Helping Interventions and Evaluation of Goal Achievement and Service Outcomes."

She co-developed a research tool, School-Based Field Education Needs Assessment: Perspectives of Students, Field Instructors, and Faculty Liaisons, to identify training needs for students, field instructors, and faculty advisors in order to improve school-based field placements. She was the NYU Silver faculty liaison to the Immigrant Child Welfare Fellowship Project, a partnership between the New York City Social Work Education Consortium and the New York City Administration for Children's Services. In this position, she trained social work graduates to work with immigrant families in child welfare settings.

Program Requirements

Three years professional experience plus current supervision of staff or student required to participate in this program.

This certificate consists of 20 sessions over two semesters, taking place Monday evenings 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.  

2019-20 Program Calendar

Monday Evenings (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm) -- Dates are preliminary and subject to some change
Fall Semester Dates Spring Semester Dates
  • September 23, 30
  • October 7, 21, 18
  • November 4, 18, 25
  • December 2, 9
  • January 27
  • February 3, 10, 24
  • March 2, 9, 23, 30
  • April 6, 20

Program Highlights

  • Theoretical and practical understanding
  • The impact of diversity on the supervisory relationship
  • Current viewpoints on self-disclosure, boundary violations, and ethics
  • The ramifications of transference and countertransference
  • Case studies
  • Administrative challenges and conflicts

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 40 NYSED-approved Contact Hours will be awarded for this program.


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. *Updated approval details for 2020 will be available in January 2020  


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.