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The Role of the Clinical Supervisor in Implementing Disability Accommodations

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Supervision CEs



The complexity of implementing accommodations often presents unique challenges in behavioral health settings. Supervisors have an essential role in developing and supporting their supervisees for effective client and program outcomes. This workshop will review the ADA and Federal Law, identify the types of accommodations, and explore supervision strategies for developing, implementing, and communicating disability accommodations. In addition, content will include a review of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) Supervision requirements and responsibilities.  This workshop meets the requirements of Supervision CEUs for the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (COMAR



Deborah Levi, MA, LCSW-C, Related seminars and products

Deborah Levi is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Deborah’s work experience combines higher education, disability services, academic coaching, and wellness. She holds a Bachelors of Psychology degree from Emory University and Master Degrees in both Social Work and Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. Additionally, Deborah completed an executive coaching certification program through Columbia Business School and Teachers College in October 2009.  In 2018, she was the President of the Maryland chapter for AHEAD:  Association on Higher Education and Disability.

Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C Related seminars and products

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Gisele Ferretto, MSW, LCSW-C has over 35 years of social work experience in both clinical and macro practice areas. Her areas of expertise include: policy and leadership development, field education, child welfare practice, professional ethics, supervision, confidentiality, and curriculum development.  Ms Ferreto is considered a subject matter expert on the issue of confidentiality in social work practice. Most recently she was a contributing author for the Confidentiality and Information Utilization NASW Policy Statement recently published in Social Work Speaks 12th Edition: National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements 2021–2023. She once served on the Maryland Legislative Summer Study Committee that first established the language for the law that governs both health and behavioral health records for the state (Md. Health-General Code Ann. § 4-301 et seq.) 


9:00 am Overview 

9:10 am Review of Supervisor Expectations: as defined in MD BSWE (COMAR 10.42.08), NASW, and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)  

  • Review of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and important legal terms  
  • Context of behavioral health services, common challenges for implementing disability accommodations, and legal rights. 
  • The Importance of accessibility for supervisees, being an ally, and benefits to workplace 

10:15 - 10:30 am Break 

10:30 am Effective supervision strategies for developing and implementing disability accommodations. 

  • Effective supervision strategies for communicating and providing effective feedback.  
  • Scenarios and Application of Supervisory Strategies in Small Groups 

12:00 pm Wrap-up/Questions 

12:15 pm Evaluations 

Bibliography & References


Association on Higher Education and Disability

DeZelar, S., Hepperlen, R. & Kiesel, L. (2022). Equity and inclusion for social work students with disabilities: A scoping review. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 42(5), 424-448. 

Hearn, C., Short, M., & Healy, J. (2014). Social work field education: Believing in students who are living with a disability. Disability & Society, 29(9), 1343–1355.

Job Accommodation Network

Kiesel, L. R., Dezelar, S., & Lightfoot, E. (2018). Challenges, barriers, and opportunities: Social workers with disabilities and experiences in field education. Journal of Social Work Education, 54(4), 696–708.

MD Board of Social Work Examiner (BSWE) website:

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Best Practice Standards in Social Work Supervision.

Reeser, L. C. (1992). Students with disabilities in practicum: What is reasonable accommodation? Journal of Social Work Education, 28(1), 98–109. 10437797.1992.10778761

Reeser, L. C., & Wertkin, R. A. (1997). Sharing sensitive student information with field instructors: Responses of students, liaisons, and field instructors. Journal of Social Work Education, 33(2), 347–362.

The ADA National Network

United Stated Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

United Stated Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Watkinson, A. M., & Chalmers, D. (2008). Disability, professional unsuitability and the profession of social work: A case study. Social Work Education, 27(5), 504–518. https://

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 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. 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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Learning Objectives

OBJECTIVES: Participants will:  

  • Review of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the legal terms associated with disability accommodations  

  • Identify of the Importance of Accessibility for supervisees, being an ally, and benefits to workplace.  

  • Practice supervision strategies for developing, implementing, and communicating disability accommodations.   

  • Review the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for Social Work Supervision (COMAR 10.42.08) 

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $50 and includes CE credit. Registering after March 1, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

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The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

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