Supervision Toward Licensure

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We provide supervision hours needed by Licensed Associate Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselor’s, practitioners with a Master’s in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and Pre and Post-doctoral interns. It is the responsibility of the individual seeking supervision to check with the appropriate regulatory agency about the professional qualifications required of the supervisor, the number of hours and format that supervision must take (e.g., group vs individual) , and the type of documentation required (e.g., signed logs, evaluation sheets, audio or video tapes, etc.) .

Supervision is offered by:

Valjean Whitlow, Ph.D.

Kristi Sutter, LMFT

Elaine Wilco, LPC

Supervision is defined as a planned, regularly occurring, face to face interaction that takes place in a one- on- one or group format, with the goal of preparing the supervisee for competent, self-directed, independent practice that follows the ethical standards of the profession and addresses the needs of the patient. Supervision is designed to be a learning experience that increases personal confidence, professional competence and skill level in managing patient concerns and monitoring one’s own reactions and interactions with patients during the treatment process. The major focus of supervision is accountability for patient care within the parameters of the ethical standard governing the discipline. To this end, supervision includes oversight and guidance in the diagnosis and treatment of each patient. This will include matters such as management of supervisee’s case load, record keeping, protecting confidential patient information, avoiding dual relationships, and establishing and following appropriate termination procedures.

We will be happy to discuss the use of furnished space for patient interactions and a supervisory arrangement and fee schedule that works for all parties involved. If you are interested in working for “fee for service” or billing third party insurance companies that require the signature and supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor, these too can be arranged for a customary 60/40 fee split of billed amounts, with the supervisee receiving 60% of the received amount paid by the patient or third party payer.

All supervision requires a legally binding, formal contract signed by both the supervisee and supervisor, identifying the supervisee as an independent contractor with responsibility for maintaining their own malpractice insurance and paying their own taxes for income earned.   A 1099 form will be provided to intern at the end of the tax year.

Our pledge to you is that YOUR SUPERVISOR WILL:

  • Maintain a clear understanding of clinical and counseling theories and appropriate treatment modalities;
  • Have expertise with the supervisee’s client population and the methods of treatment the supervisee is employing;
  • Be skilled in helping the supervisee to find additional resources, conceptualize cases, draw up treatment plans and implement them;
  • Display the highest ethical standards and increase all supervisees awareness of potential ethical dilemmas;
  • Remain actively engaged in ongoing professional development in the related field and in supervisory training;
  • Maintain an open door policy in helping to address concerns about patient issues.
  • assist the supervisee in developing an” after hours” emergency crisis plan for consultation and action;
  • Demonstrate the ability to listen with sensitivity and empathy to the supervisee’s feedback regarding the supervisory process and make adjustments to the format of such supervision where warranted or requested.
  • Recognize when it is necessary to secure consultation regarding work with the supervisee;
  • Identify challenges for the supervisee and provide constructive feedback and appropriate guidance and support;
  • Complete any required documentation requested by the regulatory agency in a timely manner;
  • Model the importance of continuing to attend professional workshops and seminars on evidence based best practices in clinical and counseling psychology;
  • Work to continually increase their own and the supervisee’s understanding of issues of cultural diversity and the resulting impact on treatment efficacy;
  • Continue to participate regularly in advanced training and peer consultation groups regarding issues of supervision;
  • Be actively involved in teaching the subject matter of counseling and clinical psychology in presentations and/or in academic settings.