Clinical Supervision is a specific skills set which allows the supervisor to guide, train, mentor, teach and direct a counselor in becoming a skilled clinician. Good clinical supervision assumes that a clinical supervisor will observe counselors in the performance of their duties, provide feedback from the observation and guide the counselor to improve skills as needed while reassuring the counselor in those areas of competent practice.
Supervision is “a social influence process that occurs over time, in which the supervisor participates with supervisees to ensure quality of clinical care. Effective supervisors observe, mentor, coach, evaluate, inspire, and create an atmosphere that promotes self-motivation, learning, and professional development. They build teams, create cohesion, resolve conflict, and shape agency culture, while attending to ethical and diversity issues in all aspects of the process. Such supervision is key to both quality improvement and the successful implementation of consensus- and evidence-based practices” (CSAT, 2007, p. 3).
NWATTC provides basic and advanced training on Clinical Supervision, offered periodically throughout the region and by request. The courses can be tailored to the needs of a particular agency or regionl. A general description of the courses can be found here.
These resources are recommended for more information on clinical supervision.