Podcast Conversations with Mary Tinucci, LICSW

Effective Practices & Tools for Clinical Supervision

I have been working to grow my network and get connected to other clinical supervisors throughout the United States. Consequently, I have been searching for social work/clinical supervision-focused episodes and reaching out to new connections. One of those connections has led to opportunities to be interviewed on a podcast hosted by Dr. Tara Sanderson.Her podcast is called the Supervision Smorgasbord.

That new connection with Dr. Sanderston led to an opportunity for me to sponsor an exciting supervision-focused event, The Supervision Summit. Dr. Tara Sanderson is one of the founders of the Supervision Summit 2024 that was held on Saturday, May 18th.  I was happy to be a sponsor of the Summit and had a great experience as a participant. Next year’s Supervision Summit 2025 is already set for Friday, May 16th, 2025. 

You can listen to my conversation with Dr. Sanderson on her podcast here:  https://www.drtarasanderson.com/episode-207

A Brief Summary of the Podcast Episode

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to join Dr. Tara Sanderson on her podcast, “Supervision Smorgasbord,” where we delved into the multifaceted world of supervision and the importance of creativity in social work. It was an enriching conversation that allowed me to reflect on my professional journey and the evolution of my private practice, Think in Possibilities.

I had a chance to describe my work as a clinical social worker, social work supervisor, social work educator, social work career coach, and mentor. I described my private practice focused on providing clinical individual and group supervision for clinical social work licensure in Minnesota and career coaching for social workers throughout the United States.  

Most importantly, I had a chance to describe my philosophy, identify best practices for virtual meeting facilitation and clinical supervision, highlight the various social work tools I creating including the Virtual Conversation Cards (VCC) platform.

I directed listeners to find helpful tools for social work and social work supervision in the Think in Possibilities shop.  There listeners can find the Virtual Conversation Cards, journals, discussion decks, and supervision and CEU trackers, stickers, greeting cards, and printables.

Exploring the Supervision Smorgasbord:
My Interview with Dr. Tara Sanderson

Wearing Many Hats

One of the highlights of our discussion was Tara’s playful and insightful metaphor of wearing multiple hats. As a clinical social worker, educator, supervisor, mentor, and career coach, I often find myself switching roles to meet the diverse needs of those I support. This flexibility is crucial, especially when navigating the complexities of supervision and career coaching in the virtual space.

A Journey Through Saint Paul

I shared with Tara my deep roots in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I have spent my entire career. From earning my degrees at St. Kate’s and St. Thomas to my 24-year tenure with Saint Paul Public Schools, my journey has been rich with experiences and opportunities to innovate. Programs like Out For Equity and The Poetry LAB have been instrumental in shaping my approach to social work, emphasizing the power of creativity and expression in therapeutic settings.

Embracing the Virtual World

The transition to virtual supervision, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a significant focus of my recent work. The development of the Virtual Conversation Cards platform was born out of the need to maintain engagement and effectiveness in virtual settings. During the podcast, I explained how the VCC platform offers a variety of card decks designed to enhance interaction and provide structure in virtual supervision and support groups.

The Role of Creativity

Creativity is a core principle in my practice. Whether it’s through poetry, expressive arts, or innovative virtual tools, I believe that creative approaches are essential for effective outcomes in social work. Tara and I discussed how creativity helps tell important stories and fosters a supportive environment for personal and professional growth.

Building a Virtual Community

One of the key themes of our conversation was the importance of building a sense of community and support in virtual spaces. We talked about the challenges and opportunities that come with virtual supervision, emphasizing the need for clear structures, shared understanding, and the ability to create a supportive and engaging environment. The VCC platform plays a crucial role in this, providing tools to enhance social presence, cognitive engagement, and facilitator presence.

Looking Ahead

As I continue to develop and refine the VCC platform, my goal is to make it accessible to a wider audience, including therapy groups and support meetings. The platform is designed to foster engagement, build community, and support effective supervision, ensuring that participants feel connected and supported, even in a virtual setting.

Join the Conversation

I am excited to be a part of the upcoming Supervision Summit on May 18th, where I will share more about the VCC platform and its applications in virtual supervision. I am also thrilled to offer a special coupon code for the VCC platform to listeners of the Supervision Smorgasbord podcast, which will be available in the show notes.

Learn more about Virtual Supervision

My conversation with Dr. Tara Sanderson was a delightful and insightful experience. It reaffirmed my belief in the power of creativity and connection in social work and supervision. I hope our discussion inspires others to explore innovative approaches in their practice and to embrace the opportunities that virtual supervision offers.

Thank you for following my journey and for your continued support. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Virtual Conversation Cards platform, please feel free to reach out. Let’s continue to think in possibilities and make a positive impact in our field.