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International Refresher Course

May 31 and June 1, 2 and 3 - 2021

Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work

ONLINE - 1 Version

Clinical Supervision and Person of the Therapist: Implications, Resonances and Angular Position in the therapeutic practice of Clinical Social Work .


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MSW. E. Paola Grandón Zerega

Clinical Social Worker

B.Sc Major Psychology

BSW. Bachelor  of Social Work

Master of Social Work: Mental Health Specialization

General description

The essential objective of this course is to deliver the theoretical, experiential and methodological foundations  regarding clinical supervision and the person of the therapist in therapeutic practice. The centrality of the course is aimed at promoting a comprehensive look at the effects that therapeutic work produces in the person of those who perform clinical practice, even more so when said professional exercise is framed in the contextual performance of the psychosocial, health, judicial, etc; scenarios that, due to certain public policies, tend to erode the subjectivity of the professional, often triggering secondary traumatization, burnout due to empathy and ultimately burnout. The ulterior purpose is to provide an approach that considers the person of the therapist as an angular axis of the practice, which from a contemporary practice will emphasize the resources, skills, strengths and local knowledge that professionals have regarding to the various ways of caring for the self in clinical practice.



If we analyze undergraduate training in Social Work or in other disciplines, both in Chile and elsewhere in Latin America, we will realize that the vast majority of them lack experiential spaces (subjects, workshops, practical supervision, etc.) where the person of the professional develops in clinical practice. Situation that is highly worrisome because the main resource of the professional is his own person, and not necessarily the theoretical and instrumental knowledge. This problem is mainly due to the fact that the discipline has been framed in a highly technological practice, which prioritizes technical-operational teaching to the detriment of the ethical, personal and biographical strengthening of the professionals.


This situation is often experienced as a tension, with a prevailing scenario that can promote practices that threaten our own personal care as professionals, mainly due to the lack of formal and institutional spaces for clinical supervision. Therefore, it is relevant to pay attention and dedication in a specialized way to the development of the therapist's person as the central axis of professional practice. In this sense, the prominent social worker and family therapist Mario Quiroz (2004: 120) already told us that “very few times has it been reflected on the importance of the person of the social worker in training for intervention with families and it is a reality that practically no study plan includes personal work in order to develop one's own resources, which will potentially constitute a powerful instrument of intervention, rarely considered. " According to the aforementioned, it should be noted that all the professions linked to aid, such as Social Work, are under constant pressure and tension regarding the working conditions in which professionals in the area operate (Rosthchild, 2010) .


The type of relationship (professional-person) being too close and with a high level of emotional stress; it constantly constitutes a risk to the mental health of professionals, added to the routine of work, institutional bureaucracy, low salary expectations and scarce spaces for self-care and personal development; end up being sufficient reasons to trigger empathy burnout, secondary traumatization or burnout syndrome (emotional burnout). Kadushin (2004) said that “machines do not need to believe in their work to do it well; they never feel depressed, guilty, or incompetent; they are not jealous or envious of the achievements of other machines and are not competitive. They don't need to be motivated to work hard. However, these kinds of feelings, and even more, determine the effectiveness of the social worker ”.


Kisnerman (1990) warned us long ago that we cannot do Social Work outward if we do not do it with ourselves first, which also applies to other helping disciplines. the job  Social must essentially do Social Work inward and outward, since social workers are not omnipotent beings; We are on earth and as such, we are the same as the people we work with and we may even have or have had similar problems. Bianchi (1994: 121-122) already told us that our profession is directed to the human person and their needs, so we have to favor a practice that not only interests the merely instrumental, but is directed to consider self-knowledge yourself, your own feelings, your own emotions, your own prejudices, your own personal responses to poverty, unemployment, illness, maladjustment, marginalization and the inability to cope with problems .


As a result of this framework, the practice of Clinical Social Work and other clinical disciplines, being advanced and complex, necessarily requires taking into consideration the person of the therapist to take care of himself. There is a theoretical wealth that arises from our discipline, and that authors such as Virginia Satir (1976; 1983; 2002) Harry Aponte (1986; 1997) and ultimately Michael White (1997) invite us to consider this topic in the central work of the therapeutic relationship. Our personal experiences, our narratives and biographical experiences are to a great extent a framework of meaning in which we guide our vision of the world, as well as our hopes, knowledge and knowledge that we deploy in the exercise of clinical praxis.


The course will have 21 face-to-face pedagogical hours, with practical and experiential activities within the training process.



Practical exercises will be carried out in the format of workshops, which will involve therapeutic exercises in some basic tools for the consideration of the person of the therapist in Clinical Social Work, which will be qualified by the rapporteurs.


General objectives

  • Provide basic knowledge about clinical supervision and the person of the therapist, and its relevance in therapeutic work

  • Train and Strengthen knowledge, skills and personal knowledge that allow enriching a preferred vision of the professional self according to biographical and professional experience

  • Deliver self-care tools from a strengths-based, relational, and narrative approach.

Activity Aimed at:

Social Workers with a professional university degree and / or academic degree of Bachelor of Social Work; as well as students of the last years of the career of Social Work of Universities. Other mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, etc.) can also attend. Professionals and / or students are expected to be working or practicing in some mental health or psychosocial context.

Rapporteurs Curriculum:

MSW. E. PAOLA GRANDÓN ZEREGA:  Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist trained in Canada. Bachelor of Science: Major Psychology (B.Sc.) from the University of Toronto, Canada. Honors Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from York University Canada and Master of Social Work (MSW): Mental Health Specialization from the University of Toronto Canada. Revalidation of the professional title of Social Assistant by the University of Chile and Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Youth Clinical Intervention Strategies by the University of Valparaíso. Current member of the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Today he is updating his postgraduate training in the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies of the Trauma Research Foundation of the United States.

MG. DIEGO REYES BARRÍA:  Clinical Social Worker and Graduate in Social Work from the Universidad de La Frontera. Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy from the University of Chile. International Diploma in Narrative Practices: For Therapy and Community Work by PRANAS Chile and Narrative Practices Adelaide Australia. Master in Clinical Adult Psychology: Specialization in Relational Systemic Psychotherapy from the University of Chile. He has done undergraduate and graduate university teaching. He has enough direct clinical experience related to the therapeutic approach with the child-adolescent and family population in Chile on issues of intrafamily violence, sexual abuse and serious mistreatment. He has served for some years as a Clinical Advisor and Supervisor in Reparation Programs for Serious Maltreatment and Child Sexual Abuse in Chile, maintaining this practice today.

MG. PAULINA SALDIAS GUERRA: Social Worker from the Universidad del Pacífico, Family and Couples Therapist from the Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology of Santiago, Master in Clinical Psychology: Relational Systemic Studies of the Family and Couples from the Alberto Hurtado University and the Chilean Institute Family Therapy. Extensive experience in the intervention with individuals and families in psychosocial programs of the state network and private foundations, especially in the area of health, childhood and adolescence, from topics such as: children with commitments to their health (Conin, Coaniquem), substance use (Hogar de Cristo, Unicef, Central Metropolitan Health Service), care for families with various family conflicts (Ceaf –UCSH), sexual abuse and severe child abuse (Previf Hospital Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna). She is currently a professor at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University and other universities such as the Alberto Hurtado University and the Autonomous University of Chile. Co-author of the book Intervention Model for Family Social Work (1998). Within his expertise is Systemic Family Therapy and social constructionism.



  • Monday May 31:​ 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Santiago de Chile time)

  • Tuesday, June 1: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Santiago de Chile Time)

  • Wednesday June 2: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Santiago de Chile time)

  • Thursday, June 3: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Santiago de Chile time



  • General Professionals: 50,000.-

  • Professionals from SENAME, Social Exclusion and Mental Health Programs: 40,000.-

  • Former students of advanced training of the IChTSC: 35,000.-

  • Professionals Collegiate in Agreement of the College of Social Workers of Chile (Exclusive for Provincial Valparaíso, Llanquihue and Valdivia): 35,000.-

  • Last year University Social Work students: 35,000 (Send regular student certificate)

  • International Professionals: 70.00 USD Payment via Paypal

  • International Professionals in Agreement (Exclusive for the Jujuy & Santiago del Estero Association of Social Service Professionals of Argentina. As well as for the Association of Social Workers of El Salvador) 40.00 USD Payment via PayPal

  • International Professionals in CELATS Peru Agreement. 40.00 USD Payment via PayPal.



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All our courses are certified by IChTSC with a certificate of participation with a note, which is stamped and signed with their respective hours, name of the course, etc. If there are people who need a registration certificate to be able to present it at their workplace, they can write to our institutional email, once the course registration has been made.



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Steps to Enroll  (follow the order of the steps):


People residing in Chile

  1. Make the transfer to the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work Ltda. For the respective amount to the Current Account number 74737510 - Banco Santander - RUT 76.992.905-3


  3. Complete the form below:

People residing abroad:

  1. Make the transfer through the Pay Pal System for the value of US $ 70 American dollars. (Request payment link by email to | or make the payment on the button at the bottom of the page.


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