CLINICAL SUPERVISION

-Set clinical supervision expectations from the start before supervision began

-Open communication

-Very knowledgeable about ethics & laws

 

Dr. April Brewer, LPC

Snellville, GA

My Personal Theory of Supervision

 

I believe my role as a clinical supervisor is to help foster professional growth and personal awareness. I further believe that the purpose of clinical supervision is three fold: to promote the best interest of the client, attain and refine clinical skills by promoting counselor professional development, and to ensure best practices. As a supervisor, I incorporate didactic instruction, experiential learning, and interpersonal processing to establish and maintain the supervision relationship. I utilize techniques such as homework assignments, goal setting, self-evaluations, journaling, and role-play to process the supervisory experience. I believe in the teachability of individuals and their internal drive of wanting to learn new and innovative techniques and practices.  

 

In my role as a clinical supervisor I serve as a gatekeeper for the counseling profession. I am obligated to ensure the safety and best interest of all clients served. I am also obligated to prepare counseling residents, students, and workers to render behavior health services in a manner that is ethical, clinically and culturally appropriate, and that demonstrates counselor competencies effectively. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Nikia Edwards

Traditional and virtual clinical supervision is offered in both group and individual modalities. The clinical supervision relationship is structured and geared toward meeting state and clinical requirements towards licensure in professional counseling and certification in substance abuse in the state of Virginia by:

  1. assessing the learning needs of the supervisee

  2. changing, shaping and or supporting the supervisee behavior

  3. evaluating supervisee performance

Residency or Supervisee

Clinical supervision is offered to those seeking to obtain the Virginia license professional counselor credential (resident) and those seeking clinical supervision for other reasons (supervisee). Residents are required to register his/her clinical supervisor with and gain approval from the Virginia Board of Counseling to officially begin his/her residency period. Additionally, clinical supervisor assumes total clinical oversight of resident and all clients served by resident through completion of residency period which concludes upon receipt of LPC credential via US postal service. Whether resident or supervisee, a clinical supervision contract must be completed prior to starting clinical supervision.

 

Program/Agency Supervision

Clinical supervision is offered to community-based behavioral health programs and agencies. Program clinical supervision is conducted through group and individual formats. It requires the direct oversight of all clinical aspects of the program/agency which includes review of clinical documentation, providing clinical skills and ethics training, and ensuring best practices. In addition, clinical supervision affords opportunity for professional identity development, review of client caseload for appropriate treatment techniques and planning, and performance appraisals. Program supervision requires ongoing collaboration between clinical supervisor and the state licensing specialist responsible for licensing and monitoring the program.