Group Supervision for Helping Professionals/Students Working in Their Additional Language

Are you a social worker, therapist, or helping professional/student working in an additional language?

Do you face unique challenges associated with language proficiency, workplace dynamics, and navigating professional and career development in a country you are not originally from?

If so, this group supervision space is designed specifically for you!

Therapeutic work involves communication, a deep and humanistic engagement in verbal and non-verbal exchanges. More social workers, therapists and other helping professionals than ever are trained and practicing in their additional language. However, helping professionals who work in their additional language may face unique challenges associated with their language proficiency (language-related anxiety and distress) and unfamiliarity with various forms of social (often implicit) norms, particularly during the beginning stages of their professional development. These can impact therapeutic work, employment opportunities as well as navigating workplace culture and dynamics.


This group supervision space is designed to provide a safe and empowering environment for professionals living across different countries, languages, and cultures. The goal is to create a space where individuals can share their unique perspectives and experiences, and address any challenges they may face when working and learning in an additional language.

As a facilitator, I am committed to supporting each member’s learning and self-development goals to the fullest extent. We will work together to explore mezzo, macro, and systemic issues that may arise in our work, and to develop strategies for addressing them.

By coming together in this group supervision space, we can harness the power of our diverse backgrounds and experiences to support one another as we navigate the complexities of our profession.


The supervision topics are not limited but may include therapist identity development, navigating workplace culture and dynamics, clinical case consultations, how to prevent compassionate fatigue and burnout, and deepening skills of critical self-reflection and anti-oppressive therapeutic practice.


The group will be led by Viveka Ichikawa, a BSW, MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist, Early Childhood Educator, and Ph.D. Candidate. This structured peer group supervision will be held virtually on monthly weeknight evenings. The group will have 4-8 members to create a small, intimate learning environment. The cost to participate in a 60-minute meeting is $30.

This group supervision is open to social workers, therapists, other helping professionals and students. Upon request, a letter of verification and a letter attesting competency as a clinical supervisor can be provided to fulfill CRPO supervision requirements.

Individual supervision is also available upon request for those who prefer a more personalized and tailored approach to their professional development.

For more information on availability, scheduling, or any other questions you may have about our group or individual supervision services, please contact me through the contact form on this website.