Clinical Supervision III:
Experiential Appplication and Integration of Concepts and Skills for Mental Health Professionals
“Helping to Transform Accidental Oversight into Strong Clinical Supervision”
In Colorado (and many other states), the only legal requirement to provide clinical supervision is having an active mental health license. Because of that, many mental health practitioners become clinical supervisors immediately upon receiving their licenses without having any additional training in the specialized counseling practice of clinical supervision. Functionally, this often translates into new supervisors using counseling skills to work with new supervisees instead of supervision skills. It also results in new supervisors doing to their supervisees what their supervisors did to them (if they liked it; i.e. "identification") or the opposite (if they didn't; i.e. "reaction formation") without knowing why they are doing what they are doing or even if it is effective (kind of like parenting).
For this reason, many states are now beginning to add an advanced practice credential to their mental health licensing regulations that only permits entry level licensed professionals to practice their mental health discipline, but doesn't allow them to supervise within it until they have earned their advanced practice credential, which specifically assesses for competence in the counseling specialty of clinical supervision. This layering of clinical practice skills and competencies not only helps to protect the public, but it also helps to prevent newly licensed mental health professionals from getting grieved or disciplined by failing to provide adequate clinical supervision.
As an antidote to this serious problem within all of the mental health professions, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE; An affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors [NBCC]) developed the voluntary Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential. In their own words, the CCE defines an Approved Clinical Supervisor as a mental health professional "who has met approved national professional supervision standards; promotes the professional identity, visibility, and accountability of Approved Clinical Supervisors; and encourages the professional growth of Approved Clinical Supervisors" (ACS Application Packet, p. 3).
All of the clinical supervisors at Noeticus affirm this position and are either already Approved Clinical Supervisors through the CCE or are actively working toward it and we would like to see more licensed mental health professionals who are providing clinical supervision in Colorado adopt the same stance. Indeed, we are committed to helping transform "accidental oversight" into "strong clinical supervision" by offering both the training and the supervision of supervision necessary for licensed mental health professionals to earn the Approved Clinical Supervisors credential.
This training is the first part of a three part series covering the theory and practice of clinical supervision, all of which (when taken together) meet the training requirements for the ACS through the CCE. During our Clinical Supervision I training, participants learn the following theoretical foundations:
During our Clinical Supervision II training (see below for dates), participants build upon their theoretical foundations and add to them practical skills as they learn the following:
Finally, during our Clinical Supervision III training (see below for dates), participants integrate the principles and theory they learned in Clinical Supervision I with the advanced concepts and skills taught in Clincal Supervision II and apply them in an experiential format. This includes:
In addition, in the Clinical Supervision I training, attendees begin to work on their Professional Supervision/Consultation Disclosure Statements/Contracts and will have the information necessary to complete a version "ready to go" - and that meets the ACS requirements - by the end of their Clinical Supervision II training. This allows them time for feedback and editing so that they have a completed version ready for submission immediately after completing Clinical Supervision III.
ACS Summary of Requirements: (for details: http://www.cce-global.org/Downloads/Apps/ACSapp.pdf)
Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, CACIII, CGP, DBTC, ACS, is the Executive and Training Director at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute and an Approved Clinical Supervisor with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) affiliate, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). He has been a psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996, serving as core faculty at Naropa University in the Graduate School of Psychology and as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, Prescott College, and Front Range Community College. Ryan’s clinical training is in the areas of trauma and dissociative disorders, chronic and persistent mental illness, psychiatric nursing and psychopharmacology, addictions and recovery, domestic/family violence, and living with life-threatening illnesses. In addition, he has an extensive background in the administrative and business aspects of managing successful academic and community mental health programs and loves to share this experience with mental health professionals through the Noeticus Counselor Training and Practice Triangle™.
Francisca Mix, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, ACS, is the Clinical Director at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute and an Approved Clinical Supervisor with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) affiliate, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). She has been a psychotherapist since 2005 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 2007. Francisca's is fluent in Spanish and has a clinical background that includes working with a wide range of indiviudal and couple dynamics. She is particularly interested in using movement and the expressive arts as a therapeutic modality as well as generally incorporating the creative process into psychotherapy. Francisca also has a particular interest in working with families who are dealing with infertility and adoption themes in their lives. In her role as the Clinical Director, Francisca has been instrumental in the articulation and development of the Noeticus Counselor Training and Practice Triangle™.
This training draws from the text, Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition) by Gerald Corey, Robert Haynes, Patrice Moulton, and Michelle Muratori. Training participants are encouraged to read the book as part of completing both trainings. The book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Supervision-Helping-Professions-Counseling/dp/B00E27YO5Y
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Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute® is a community-based, not-for-profit group counseling practice and professional training organization based in Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide innovative, effective, and affordable counseling and educational services to a broad range of individuals, couples, and families living within the greater Denver/Boulder community. We are also committed to offering basic and advanced training opportunities to graduate students and mental health professionals both locally and across the country. We especially value doing this through collaborative and engaging community partnerships or affiliations with other like-minded individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions, universities, and foundations. For more information, we can be reached at: www.noeticus.org
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