A clinical supervisor must:

  • 1) Be a licensed mental health professional
  • 2) Hold a license without restrictions that has been in good standing for at least one year while having performed at least 1,000 hours of clinical practice
  • 3) Be approved, certified or in some other manner recognized as a qualified clinical supervisor by the person’s professional licensing board, when this is a board requirement
  • 4) Be competent as demonstrated by experience and graduate-level training in the area of practice and the activities being supervised
  • 5) Not be the supervisee’s blood or legal relative or cohabitant, or someone who has acted as the supervisee’s therapist within the past two years
  • 6) Have experience and skills that are informed by advanced training, years of experience and mastery of a range of competencies that demonstrate the following:
  • a. Capacity to provide services that incorporate best practice
  • b. Ability to recognize and evaluate competencies in supervisees
  • c. Ability to review assessments and treatment plans for accuracy and appropriateness
  • d. Ability to give clear direction to mental health staff related to alternative strategies when a recipient is struggling with moving towards recovery
  • e. Ability to coach, teach and practice skills with supervisees
  • 7) Accept full professional liability for a supervisee’s direction of a recipient’s mental health services
  • 8) Instruct a supervisee in the supervisee’s work, and oversee the quality and outcome of the supervisee’s work with recipients
  • 9) Review, approve and sign the diagnostic assessment, individual treatment plans and treatment plan reviews of recipients treated by a supervisee
  • 10) Review and approve the progress notes of recipients treated by the supervisee according to the supervisee’s supervision plan
  • 11) Apply evidence-based practices and research-informed models to treat recipients
  • 12) Be employed by or under contract with the same agency as the supervisee
  • 13) Develop a clinical supervision plan for each supervisee
  • 14) Ensure that each supervisee receives the guidance and support needed to provide treatment services in areas where the supervisee practices
  • 15) Establish an evaluation process that identifies the performance and competence of each supervisee and document clinical supervision of each supervisee and securely maintain the documentation record