Supervision: Clinical Supervision – Principles and Practice

Supervisors oversee the clinical functions of staff and have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure quality care to clients, the professional development of counselors, and maintenance of program policies and procedures. This course outlines principles of clinical supervision and guidelines for supervisors, addresses such issues as cultural competence, ethical and legal issues, and documentation, and provides information on various methods of monitoring and observing clinical performance. The material is relevant for both supervisors and supervisees. Vignettes are included to illustrate various clinical supervision scenarios.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Identify central principles and models of clinical supervision.
  • Discuss cultural, ethical and legal issues related to clinical supervision.
  • Describe methods of observation and techniques for monitoring performance.
  • Distinguish between supervision and therapy.
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  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Central Principles of Clinical Supervision
  • Part 3: Guidelines for New Supervisors
  • Part 4: Models of Clinical Supervision
  • Part 5: Developmental Stages of Counselors
  • Part 6: Developmental Stages of Supervisors
  • Part 7: Cultural and Contextual Factors
  • Part 8: Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Part 9: Monitoring Performance
  • Part 10: Methods of Observation
  • Part 11: Practical Issues in Clinical Supervision
  • Part 12: Methods and Techniques of Clinical Supervision
  • Part 13: Administrative Supervision
  • Part 14: References
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Material adapted from Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor.

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 52. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4435. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009.

Consensus Panel

David J. Powell, PhD (Chair)
International Center for Health Concerns, Inc.
East Granby, Connecticut

Bruce Carruth, PhD
KAP Expert Content Director
The CDM Group, Inc.
Bethesda, Maryland

Bettye Harrison
Opioid Treatment Program Accreditation Director
CARF International
Tucson, Arizona

Sharon Hartman, MBA, LSW
Director of Professional Training and Education
Caron Treatment Centers
Wernersville, Pennsylvania

Pamela Mattel, MSW, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC
Executive Deputy Director
New York, New York

John Porter, MS
Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Wilsonville, Oregon

Charles F. Gressard, PhD, LPC, NCC
Associate Professor, School of Education
College of William & Mary

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee. is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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