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Supervision, Coaching and Mentoring: Keys to Leadership

September 27, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As leaders in our organizations, there are actually three “hats” we wear along the continuum of supervising, mentoring and coaching. Our ability to shift our approaches to the people we oversee from one of these to another is critical to developing and retaining our workforce. Sometimes, we blend these roles or move in and out of them in one conversation. The purpose, message, and sound of each are different, and all are important. Sometimes it is hard for those who supervise to make time to fill the other two roles, but a vigorous work team requires that we do all three and know which “hat” to wear and when. This workshop will explore these three critical roles and suggest effective strategies for implementing all three. Case study examples will be used to apply the concepts.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discern among the roles of supervisor, mentor and coach and identify which is appropriate based on the situation.
2. Describe strategies to supervise, coach and mentor
3. Apply the strategies to real life situations of leadership


Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, CPSS, is a consultant and master trainer in behavioral health and strategic planning for non-profits. She is a member of the advisory boards of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), the National Latino PTTC and the New England School of Addiction Studies. Sandra serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the former Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), which certifies professionals working in behavioral health. Sandra is a co-author of the SAMHSA/CAPT’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) and its basic and advanced Prevention Ethics courses as well as many other face-to-face and online courses.

About the program:

This event is hosted through the New England (HHS Region 1) Prevention Technology Transfer Center, a program funded through SAMHSA, in response to an identified need for training for advanced prevention professionals.