Firefly Institute of Research and Education
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Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals 

This course is a foundational overview of the primary tenets and best practices in clinical supervision. It is designed to meet and exceed all Oregon state requirements for clinical supervision training (30 clock hours, OBLPCT and 6 clock hours, BLSW).  This course covers best practices in supervision, modalities and models of supervision, legal and ethical matters and procedures, feedback and evaluation practices, sociocultural aspects and cultural competence development, the supervision alliance, documentation, and tools and techniques for maximally effective supervision.  This course is a dynamic, experiential-based workshop in which participants acquire new information, actively work with the new information, and actively consider practical applications through activities, circular inquiry, and guided discussions.


Firefly's clinical supervision training is set apart from other coursework in the community by upholding a rigorous standard to practice through comprehensive in-person training (as opposed to online discussion boards). Firefly's coursework includes textbook reading assignments to solidify learning and concepts. Our goal is to enhance supervisor skills and increase clinical competencies in supervision practice. 

Presenter Information

Lisa Aasheim, Ph.D., LPC, ACS is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Department at Portland State University and served as the Director of the Community Counseling Clinic and School Counseling Program at PSU for over a decade. She is a renowned specialist in Clinical Supervision, and is the author of Practical Clinical Supervision for Counselors: An Experiential Guide (Springer Publishing).  She specializes in couples and family counseling, addictions counseling, and school counseling, and has written textbook chapters and articles on Clinical Supervision Models and Theories, Motivational Interviewing, Counselor Development, Ethics in the Work Settings, the Therapeutic Alliance, Family Counseling in the Schools, and Addictions in the School, Home, and Workplace.  She maintains a profound appreciation for the complexities and challenges that come with dedicating one’s professional life to helping others, and is grateful for the opportunity to support those who do this so well.

Training Dates

Fall Institute:


October 18th, 2018 and October 19th, 2018

November 30th, 2018 and December 1st, 2018

Event Times (all days): 9:00AM-5:00PM

Winter Institute:


January 24th, 2019 and January 25th, 2019

March 1st, 2019 and March 2nd, 2019

Event Times (all days): 9:00AM-5:00PM


*New* Spring Institute:


April 4th & April 5th, 2019 

May 2nd & May 3rd, 2019

Event Times (all days): 9:00AM-5:00PM


Required Materials

Required Text: 

Practical Clinical Supervision for Counselors: An Experiential Guide (Springer Publishing) Aasheim, L. 


Firefly Institute 30-Hour Clinical Supervision Training for Mental Health Professionals: $500.00 (additional materials fees for required texts)


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To find out more about the programs we offer, please call:                503-915-3737 -or- email:


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News & Events

New book to be released July 2019!   

"Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Experiences" 

Authors: Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S & Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW


We are excited to be launching new continuing education programs in play therapy practices! The institute partners with Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. and all trainings include experiential work within the play therapy clinic and is approved for continuing education by the Association for Play Therapy.


Please see our continuing education program brochure for more information!

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