Foundations of Clinical Supervision
Divine Mercy University is offering a certificate that provides both the foundation for competent, effective, and professional clinical supervision and the advanced knowledge to expand your understanding and practice of supervision. Enroll today!
World-Class Learning Experience
The DMU Foundations of Clinical Supervision CE track is a 45-clock-hour curriculum delivered in a self-paced, online format via nine modules. This training follows industry standards for the provision of supervision in clinical settings with additional attention to administrative supervision.
What you’ll learn
The minimum required content areas for each module are as follows:
Roles and functions of clinical supervisors
This module defines the roles and functions of a clinical supervisor. Topics covered in this course include the definition of clinical supervision, the development of supervision as a specialty area, the requirements outlined for clinical supervisors and institutions in counseling programs aligned with industry standards, and the goals of supervision. Participants will learn the general objectives of supervision and become familiar with the essential ethical guidelines for clinical supervisors.
Models of clinical supervision
This module addresses the need to develop an understanding of distinct theoretical models in clinical supervision. The course has a focus on styles of learning and techniques supervisors employ to facilitate learning. Various models are outlined including developmental, integrated, the life-span, psychodynamic, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, choice theory, family therapy, feminist, solution-oriented, integrative, and a discrimination models. The development of a personal style of supervision is also covered.
Mental health–related professional development
This module addresses the evolution of the professional clinical supervisor within a counseling career. Topics include techniques for developing a professional disclosure statement (PDS), mandatory information included in the PDS, establishing fee schedules, the supervision contract with supervisees, the supervision contract with the counselor education institution, acquiring details for the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential, professional marketing and use of the CCE logo, and state licensure requirements pertaining to supervision of counseling students.
Methods and techniques in clinical supervision
This module is designed to meet the requirements for supervision preparation in the areas of methods and techniques. Topics include methods of monitoring using live observation, cotherapy, live supervision, use of audio and/or video recordings, role plays, interpersonal process recall, providing feedback, coaching, suggestions and advice, case consultation, and demonstration of skill. The use of technology to assist in supervision, distance supervision, online supervision, and the need to maintain process notes will be addressed in this course.
This module is focused on the formats and settings for supervision. Individual or one-on-one supervision may be required, yet standards and state regulation include provisions for conducting triadic and group supervision. Topics include the four stages of supervision (initial, transition, working, and ending) and the value of conducting triadic and group supervision. The peer supervision group process also is outlined.
Supervisory relationship issues
This module examines several facets of the supervisory relationship with supervisees. Topics include exploration of the significance of building a strong working relationship that is positive and productive, developing trust and a willingness to self-disclosure, transference and countertransference, diversity concerns, setting and extending boundaries, the influence of the power and authority differential, the concept of parallel process, and the need for highly developed awareness of personal variables.
Legal and ethical issues in clinical supervision
This module is focused on critical legal and ethical issues facing supervisors. Topics include standards and codes of ethics, supervisor responsibilities, confidentiality, teaching supervisees a process for ethical decision-making, competence in supervision, monitoring supervisee competence, challenges for counselor education programs and associated site supervisors, managing multiple roles, boundary setting, and sexual attraction issues.
Cultural issues in clinical supervision
This module explores areas of multicultural competence in supervision. A working definition of multiculturalism establishes a foundation for addressing topics such as managing attitudes and beliefs, monitoring personal biases, developing awareness of the supervisees worldview, and methods for improving the supervisees skills in working with diverse groups. The course explores multicultural dynamics when working with supervisees of a different culture from their own, ethical codes and standards regarding multicultural supervision, and the need for a multicultural competency clause in the supervision contract.
Evaluation of supervisee competence and the supervision process
This module addresses a range of concepts that round out the desired characteristics and traits of an effective counseling supervisor. Topics covered include elements of the supervision process such as initiating agreements and documentation, managing crises in supervision, codes of ethics regarding evaluation of supervisees, essential components and methods of evaluation, evaluation of the supervisor and self-evaluation, and guidelines for conducting evaluations.