Paraklesis Supervision

Do you need supervision training?


The Paraklesis Clinical Supervision Training Program is for you!


Enrol for the Fall Course (Sept 2018)

Paraklesis Clinical Supervision Course ~ PCCP-0050

Module Description

The Paraklesis Clinical Supervision Course is specifically presented for practising Christian Counsellors who want to supervise student-counsellors, interns, and/or be involved in peer-supervision. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and praxis of clinical supervision, including models, approaches, techniques, relationship and process issues, and ethical and legal considerations. Counsellors will develop conceptual knowledge, skills, and self-awareness concerning these topic areas through an integrative theology and psychology perspective. Students will also develop conceptual knowledge and understanding on the principles and practice of consultation and referral in church (faith based communities) and mental health-care (psychological) settings.


Module Outcomes

After completing this course, counsellors will be able to

  • Define counselling supervision and understand the purpose of clinical supervision
  • Describe a variety of supervision approaches from an integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective
  • Apply appropriate supervisory interventions in dyadic and group supervision settings
  • Practice with ethical and legal understanding and competence
  • Utilise assessment skills, both individual and organisational, necessary in the practice of supervision
  • Understand evaluation procedures and mentoring skills to support and develop supervisee’s personal and professional development goals
  • Develop supervision approaches sensitive to age, gender, religious and cultural diversity
  • Display and understanding on the principles and practice of consultation and referral in church (faith based communities) and mental health-care (psychological) settings
  • Become a reflective and effective Christian clinical supervisor.



Fall Semester 2017

Please Take Note:

  • Counsellors must be practising as Christian counsellors to enrol for this course
  • Minimum requirements for enrolment is at least a one-year counselling certificate (equivalent of Higher Certificate) or higher qualification
  • Prerequisites: Studies must have included: Counselling Psychology Theories, Microskills Practicum, Psychopathology, Human Development and Ethical and Legal Issues.  
  • The theoretical work will be done in one semester and the practicum will stretch over two semesters. 

Do you need guidance, consultations, and supervision?


Let Dr. Mervin come alongside you with Clinical Supervision! 

Clinical Supervision Services

Clinical Supervision is an essential component of the ongoing professional development of all counsellors and student-counsellors (interns). Utilising Dr Mervin’s vast experience in counselling psychology teaching and practicum supervision, Paraklesis is able to come alongside Christian Counsellors in need of supervision and/or consultation.

The Paraklesis Counselling services are specifically directed at Christian Counsellors who are not licensed to practice as psychologists or psychotherapists, but who have complementary training and are in need of supervision. They often belong to Christian Counselling organisations/associations who require them to receive supervision and pursue professional development.

Dr Mervin also consults with professional counsellor and mental health professional on medication related counselling issues (psychopharmacology) on case-conceptualisation, deferential diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Dr Mervin offers Clinical Supervision with the emphasis on the praxis (doing counselling/therapy), case-conceptualisation and differential diagnosis, case-conferencing and treatment planning. As a professor of Counselling Psychology (retired), he taught masters and doctoral clinical-supervision-courses, and trained supervisors. Dr Mervin has extensive supervisory experience and case-management skills – supervising student-counsellors in counselling practicum, and numerous therapists in private practice.

Clinical supervision is an activity that brings skilled supervisors and practitioners together in order to reflect upon their practice. The supervision aims to identify solutions to problems, improve practice and increase understanding of professional issues. It endeavours to ensure that the counsellor does receive applicable and adequate supervision and consultation, and that the work (theory and praxis) done by counsellors meets the required standards of competency. The purpose is to ensure the welfare of the clients and the professional development of the counsellor.

There are various models or approaches to clinical supervision; one-to-one supervision, group supervision, peer group supervision and/or consultations. The choice of approach will depend upon a number of factors, including personal choice, access to supervision, length of experience, qualifications, availability of supervisory groups. Dr Mervin’s experience as pharmacist, professor, and professional counselling therapist specialising in psychopharmacology gives him fluency in emergent mental health issues, trends and challenges, and has kept him informed with supervisory practices. Working from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative model he is well versed in differential diagnosing, formulating assessments, compiling treatment plans, and able to ensure ongoing effective client care consistent with professional supervision norms and values.


Paraklesis offers the following supervisory services:

Consultations with professional therapist (fees to be determined on a case basis)

Clinical Supervision for Christian Counsellors, student-counsellors and interns:
- $65 per supervision session

Group Supervision: As arranged

* Most supervision and consultations will take place by e-mail or with Skype Video sessions, but f-2-f supervision/consultation is available in Calgary, Alberta.


Supervisory Tasks

Paraklesis Counselling contracts with the supervisee to perform the general supervisory tasks defined in clinical supervision literature and give attention to the following tasks:

  • Overseeing the case-load and ensuring that the supervisee has good self-care practices
  • Collaborating with the supervisee toward the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge related to working with diverse clients
  • Providing, when asked to do so, information and feedback on counselling skills, therapeutic relationship, methods, theoretical models and techniques
  • Scrutinising ethical and legal issues while playing close attention to counter-transference issues
  • Monitoring personification issues, identifying concerns and referring supervisee for counselling when applicable (the supervisor will not engage in therapy with a supervisee)
  •  Case-conferencing and consulting with the supervisee concerning their case-conceptualisation (assessment and diagnosis), treatment goals, therapeutic interventions, treatment plans, and referrals
  • Helping supervisees to develop positive and professional working relationship with agencies, employers, in-house supervisors, peers and colleagues
  • Coming alongside the supervisee to ensure that professional development goals are reached
  • Each supervisee will collaboratively draw up a personalized supervisory contract with Paraklesis Counselling and Dr Mervin as the supervisor
  • Supervisees are encouraged to review the applicable literature, assess their supervisory needs, and discuss their supervisory expectations with Dr Mervin
  • The goal of this is to come to acollaborative, negotiated, and agreed upon supervisor-supervisee contract that would meet the professional development needs of the supervisee
  • The contract will clarify the supervisor’s ethical and legal responsibilities towards the supervisee and elucidate the expectations and responsibilities of the supervisee
  • The contract will include fees payable for supervision