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History of TAP 21-A

Traditionally, counselors have advanced to supervisory positions based on seniority, academic training and/or expertise counseling skills. Once promoted, these supervisors received no or very little training in clinical supervision. Faced with the demand for increased accountability and more complex cases, today’s addictions workforce must have a high degree of skill and professional training. This also applies to clinical supervision. Being competent in counseling is not the only requirement of a proficient supervisor. These clinicians must acquire additional knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as undertake a different role within the organization.

Mindful of these issues and more, the Clinical Supervision Competencies Task Force convened in the Fall 2005. This task force, consisting of addictions treatment and clinical supervisory experts from across the country, were charged with developing and compiling a document, Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors, TAP 21-A addressing the inconsistencies in professional preparation. 


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