Creative Arts Therapy Department

Continuing Education

You are invited to a…

Nazareth College Supervisor Workshop:

“Culturally Responsive Clinical Supervision: Moving from Humility to Reflexivity”

Date:  Friday, June 10, 2022

Time: 8:30 (registration)/9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Nazareth College, Medaille Hall Formal Lounge

Cost: $95.00  

This workshop is free to all therapists who have acted as a Nazareth College Music Therapy Clinical or Internship Supervisor within the previous academic year (2021-2022), as well as 2021-2022 adjuncts.

Registration is limited to 80 participants! Register at this link by June 3rd:

Continuing Education: 

6 CEU Contact Hours, NYS LCAT #0036, ATR-BC applicable

6 CMTE credits, CBMT#P-220, MT-BC applicable

Course Instructor:  Gabriela Asch-Ortiz, MS, LCAT, MT-BC 

Gabriela Asch-Ortiz, MS, LCAT, MT-BC is a Latina creative arts therapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and a Ph.D. candidate in Music Therapy at Temple University. Her dissertation utilizes critical autoethnography to develop a deeper understanding of relationships in music therapy between Latinx individuals and their therapists within the broader context of health care systems. Gabriela is vested in contributing to the knowledge and discourse of restorative justice in music therapy and health care through her practice, pedagogy, and research.

Course Description:

This workshop will utilize group discussion, self-reflective experientials, and didactic teaching to define the spectrum of cultural reflexivity and how it may be integrated into creative arts therapy clinical supervision. The facilitator will call participants to explore their own socio-cultural identities and address their connections to the various systems of oppression that ultimately stand between creative arts therapists and effective clinical/supervisory practice.

Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Participants will expand their understanding of cultural considerations in supervision and demonstrate understanding through dialogue using current terminology (BCD V. B. 2)
  2. Participants will experience group and individual self-reflective practices around the role of race and other protected classes in interpersonal dynamics in clinical and supervisory relationships and processes. (BCD. V. B. 11) (BCD. IV. A. 3)
  3. Participants will develop an understanding of the dimensions that shape supervisee and supervisor identities and dynamics and how to use that understanding to enhance the therapeutic relationship and processes. (BCD. V. B. 2)
  4. Participants will discuss how music therapists may engage in anti-oppressive practice and supervision. (BCD. I. 2 &3) 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Course Schedule:


8:30-9:00: Registration


  • Introduction/Positionality statement 
  • Agenda 


  • Communication guidelines for discussion 
  • What brings you here today?
  • But what is we… mess up?

9:20- 9:30:

  • Calling in vs. Calling out vs. Calling on 


  • Overview of terminology
  • Culture
  • Cultural Identity
  • Social identities
  • Intersectionality
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Cultural Competency
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Bias- implicit and explicit
  • Microagression
  • Micro-invalidation
  • Cultural Humility
  • Cultural Reflexivity 



11:00- 11:30:

  • Understanding Oppressive Systems and our connections to…
    • White supremacy tenants 
    • Western patriarchal ideology and connections to pedagogy 
    • Capitalism
    • Ableism 


  • Supervisor- Supervisee Relationship
    • Questions for consideration
    • Why should identity be discussed in supervision?
    • Verbal strategies adapted from Aiko Bethea’s “Inclusivity at Work: The heart of hard conversations” 



1:00- 1:45:

  • How can we support students?
  • Race narrative in supervision 
    • Benefits of using race narrative in supervision 
    • Examples of race narrative in supervision
  • Tools for supervisors 
    • Acknowledgement of...
    • Alertness to...
    • Attitude of...
    • Willingness to...
    • Implementing the three-step supervision strategy
      • Elicitation and Disclosure
      • Deconstruction and Analysis
      • Reconstruction and Integration


  • Challenging “safe space” and instead thinking structuring safety (Scrine, 2020)
  • How can safety be constructed? 
  • Where can tension arise between supervisee and supervisor? 
  • But what if we mess up? 





  • Cultural Identity Maps
  • How to use identity mapping with supervisees
  • Cultural countertransference response art/music



Cancellation and Refund Policy: Written cancellation must be received via email at least three (3) days prior to the training for full refund of workshop fee.  Please send an email to Colleen Weldgen ( if you need to cancel.  Programs may be canceled by the Nazareth College Creative Arts Therapy Department based on low attendance.  Full refunds will be issued.

Nazareth College Creative Arts Therapy Department is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0036

Cultural Humility in Supervision is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 6 CMTE credits.  Nazareth College P-220 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.”