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Multiday Session Course

S24-2001 Adopting a Trauma-Informed Lens in Supervision (2 Days)

Total Credits: 12 including 12 Supervision CEs

2000 Supervision
Carolyn Knight, PhD.
Course Levels:
12 Hours
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

Schedule at a glance


Research consistently reveals that a disproportionate number of clients who seek or are required to seek social work services have histories of trauma. Therefore, social workers must understand how they can respond to the unique needs of clients with histories of trauma in ways that promote empowerment and minimize the risk of re-traumatization.   

Clinicians also require the support and guidance of supervisors who themselves understand the trauma-informed formulation, its implications for practice and supervision, and the nature and manifestations of indirect trauma and their role in helping supervisees manage it.   

In day one, the emphasis will be on familiarizing participants with the TI formulation, its guiding principles, and relevance to clinical practice. Because working with clients with histories of trauma inevitably results in clinicians being indirectly traumatized, this phenomenon will be explained.   

In day two, the presenter will identify common models of clinical supervision and explain their intersection with the TI formulation. She will then describe supervisory skills that promote the TI principles that enhance supervisees’ competence and confidence, create a supervisory alliance that respects supervisees’ cultural and social identities, address disruptions in the supervisory relationship, helpfully “demand work” of supervisees, and respond to supervisees’ experiences with indirect trauma.  

Throughout the two days, the presenter will identify content that reflects and is consistent with Maryland BSWE regulations and requirements for supervisors and relies upon a discussion format. The presenter will integrate research and theory and provide case examples to illustrate key points. Attendees will be encouraged to share their questions, cases, and concerns.   

*This workshop meets the requirements of Supervision CEs and the requirement for Board-Approved Supervisors to complete 12 credit hours of continuing education in social work supervision (COMAR   



Carolyn Knight, PhD. Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Carolyn Knight is a social worker with more than thirty-five years of experience working individually and in groups with adult survivors of childhood trauma and teaching practice in the generalist and foundation social work practice curriculum. Dr. Knight has written about and presented workshops on the trauma-informed conceptualization and its application to clinical practice and supervision. She is co-author, with Professors Alex Gitterman and Carel Germain (deceased), of the 2021 social work practice text, The Life Model of Social Work Practice, 4th ed. She also is the author of Introduction to Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma: Strategies and Skills and Group Therapy for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on working with adult survivors.   


Dr. Knight is the co-editor of two additional books, Group Work with Populations at Risk, 4th ed (with G. Greif) and Trauma-informed Supervision in a Global Context (with L.D. Borders). She is co-editor of the forthcoming book (with G. Greif), Handbook of Contemporary Group Work Practice: Promoting Resilience and Empowerment in a Complex World, published by Oxford University Press.  

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Day 1

9:00 am - 10:30 am  

  • Introductions & how we will work together.  

  • What does it mean to adopt a trauma-informed lens in supervision? 

  • Requirements for supervision: Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners  

  • What is unique about TI supervision? 

  • TI formulation 1  

  • Impact of trauma on those exposed to it 

  • Core principles 

  • Intersection of TI principles and core values of social work 


10:30 am - 10:45 am BREAK 


10:45 am - 12:00 pm   

  • Distinction between trauma-informed and trauma-focused  

  • Break out session  

  • Discussion of participants’ experiences 


12:00 pm - 12:30pm LUNCH 


12:30 pm - 2:15 pm 

  • Adopting a TI Lens in Social Work Practice  

  • Break out session  

  • Discussion of participants’ experiences 


2:15 pm - 2:30pm BREAK 


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 

  • Indirect trauma: Impact that working with trauma survivors has on practitioners  

  • Break out session  

  • Discussion of participants’ experiences with indirect trauma 

  • Concluding comments 


4:00 pm Questions and adjournment  


Day 2 

9:00 am - 9:30 am  

  • Introductions and way we will work together.  

  • Review: TI perspective 

  • TI practice and care 


9:30 am - 10:45 am 

  • Models of supervision 

  • Break out session  

  • Discussion of participants’ experiences 


10:45 am - 11:00 pm BREAK 


11:00 am - 12:00 pm  

  • Supervisory skills that promote trust and safety  


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm LUNCH BREAK 


12:30 pm - 1:45 pm  

  • Supervisory skills that promote trust and safety (cont’d) 


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm BREAK 


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

  • Break out session  

  • Discussion of scenario 

  • Supervisory skills that promote choice, collaboration, and empowerment  


4:00 pm Questions and Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Day 1:

  1. Specify the principles of and rationale for the trauma-informed perspective 

  1. Understand the implications of the trauma-informed conceptualization for their practice setting and/or that of their supervisees 

  1. Identify core social work practice skills that promote a trauma-informed perspective 

  1. Recognize manifestations of indirect trauma 


Day 2:

  1. Distinguish models of supervision that reflect a trauma-informed orientation 

  1. Understand the implications that the parallel process in supervision has for trauma-informed practice 

  1. Identify skills that promote TI principles in supervision 

  1. Explicate the supervisor’s role in helping supervisees manage manifestations of indirect trauma 


Bibliography & References



Bernard, J.M. & Goodyear, R.K. (2014). Fundamentals of clinical supervision. (5th ed.) New York NY: Pearson. 

Blome, W. W., & Safadi, N. S. (2016). Shared vicarious trauma and the effects on Palestinian social workers. Illness, Crisis, & Loss, 24, 236–260. 

Dombo, E. A., & Blome, W., 2016. Vicarious trauma in child welfare workers: A study of organizational responses. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10(5), 505-523. 

Figley, C. (1995). Compassion fatigue: Toward a new understanding of the costs of caring. In B. Stamm (Ed.), Secondary trauma stress: Self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators (pp. 3-28). Sidran Press. 

Frey, L. L., Beesley, D., Abbott, D., & Kendrick, E. (2017). Vicarious resilience in sexual assault and domestic violence advocates. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9, 44-51. 

Gitterman, A., Knight, C., & Germain, C. (2021). The life model of social work practice 4th ed. New York NY: Columbia University Press  

Harris, M., & Fallot, R. (2001). Using trauma theory to design service systems: New directions for mental health services. Jossey Bass. 

Hensel, J. M., Ruiz, C., Finney, C., & Dewa, C. S., 2015. Meta-analysis of risk factors for secondary traumatic stress in therapeutic work with trauma victims. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(2), 83-91. 

Knight, C. (2013). Indirect trauma: Implications for supervision, the organization, and the academic institution. The Clinical Supervisor, 32, 224-243. 

Knight, C. (2022). Trauma-informed supervision. In K. O'Donoghue & L. Engelbrecht (Eds.) International Handbook of Social Work Supervision. Abingdon UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 

Lee, J. J., Gottfried, R., & Bride, B. E. (2018). Exposure to client trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and the health of clinical social workers: A mediation analysis. Clinical Social Work Journal, 46, 228–235. 

McCann, I., & Pearlman, L. (1990). Psychological trauma and the adult survivor. Brunner/Mazel. 

Shulman, L. (2010). Interactional supervision. National Association of Social Workers Press. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) (2014).  Retrieved from 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {12} Category I Continuing Education Units for supervision. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $260 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on 02/08/24.

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Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

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