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Clinical Supervision

What is Clinical Supervision?

Clinical supervision is a process of learning and coaching that is based in a professional relationship. As a formal process, it is regular, structured meetings between an experienced, competent and ethical clinician and a developing clinician for the purpose of reviewing clinical activity, giving instruction and feedback on clinical interventions, ensuring ethical clinical practice and alignment with professional standards, and processing issues that may arise in the everyday work of the mental health clinician. It provides a path to full licensure for new mental health professionals, with each professional group having its own supervision and licensing guidelines. It is also an ongoing learning process for experienced clinicians who benefit from ongoing clinical supervision with peer and consultation groups, on a regular or as needed basis.

Professional licensing boards: The place to go to find out about formal requirements for supervision

North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board

North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board

North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board

North Carolina Psychology Board

Trainings on clinical supervision outside of AHEC

NASW-NC Clinical Supervision Certificate Training:  Held each June in a different region in the state

National Association of Social Workers Professional Education and Training Center (NASW). Offers online courses and webinars that are free to members and low cost for non-members.

International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision: Adelphi University School of Social Work:  June of each year.

UNC-Greensboro Department of Counseling Educational Development

Center for Credentialing and Education

Books and Journal Articles

The Clinical Supervisor-2 issues a year

Corey, G., Haynes, R. H., Moulton, P., & Muratori, M. (2014). Clinical supervision in the helping professions: A practical guide. John Wiley & Sons.Falender, C. A., & Shafranske, E. P. (2004). Clinical supervision: A competency-based approach.

Powell, D. J. (2004). Clinical supervision in alcohol and drug abuse counseling: Principles, models, methods. John Wiley & Sons.

van Dernoot Lipsky, L. (2010). Trauma stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others. ReadHowYouWant.com.

Wicks, R. J. (2007). The resilient clinician. Oxford University Press.

The effectiveness of clinical supervision in nursing: an evidence based literature review

Evidence-based Practices Addressed in Community-based Children’s Mental Health Clinical Supervision

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) and Technical Assistance Publications (TAP)

Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor

Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors TAP 21-A

Clinical Supervision Self Assessment Tool

Web resources

Children, Youth, and Families Mental Health EBP Project

Clinical Supervision Practical Issues in Providing Effective Clinical Supervision