clinical supervision for counselors and social workers
LPCCs and LSWs: Quality clinical supervision for a licensure-candidate counselor or social worker can be difficult to find. You may have searched through various networking groups, asked colleagues, or contacted an ex-supervisor only to find out they are not providing what you are looking for. You need an effective, consistent, and experienced clinical supervisor who has specific training in providing clinical supervision. You’re also looking for someone you can learn and grow professionally from, and who can support you in making good therapy choices for your clients. Finding everything that you want in one person can be quite challenging! At Catalyss Counseling, our experienced clinical supervisors offer all of this.
LPCs and LCSWs: Clinical supervision for beginning and intermediate-level licensed counselors and social workers can also be difficult to discover. You’re working in the field, managing your career and/or developing your caseload, but the work can be challenging at times. You have some difficult cases that you could use some formal consultation on, but you’re not sure where to look for this type of supervision. You want someone who is plenty experienced in working with licensed counselors and social workers to help you continue to grow, offer case consultation, and professional support for your work. The clinical supervisors at Catalyss Counseling can help you reach your professional supervision goals.
the importance of clinical supervision
Clinical supervision serves several purposes in the mental health field. Some goals of supervision are to provide a safe and confidential place for supervisees to reflect on, review, and progress in their professional fields, and to explore personal responses to their work. Clinical supervision assists with personal and professional development, learning new skills, and offering a place to explore parallel processes happening between supervisees and their clients.
LPCCs: Clinical supervision is required for licensure-candidates in the state of Colorado, and all LPCCs are required to obtain 2000 clinically-supervised hours of work post-master’s degree within a minimum of 24 months, prior to applying for an LPC. A total of 100 hours of supervision is required from a licensed supervisor, with 70 of those hours face-to-face. While many agencies offer free or paid clinical supervision, there are many others that do not. If you are in private practice or work at an agency doing clinical work that does not provide clinical supervision, you may be looking for a clinical supervisor.
LSWs: For all licensed social workers, clinical supervision is required in the state of Colorado, and all LSWs are required to obtain 3,360 clinically-supervised hours of work post-master's degree within a minimum of 24 months, prior to applying for an LCSW. A total of 96 hours of supervision is required from a licensed supervisor, at least 48 of which must be face-to-face individual supervision. In addition, at least half of your 3,360 clinically-supervised hours of work must involve treatment diagnosis, assessment, testing, or counseling. If you are doing clinical work at an agency or private practice that does not offer clinical supervision, you are likely searching for a clinical supervisor.
LPCs and LCSWs: Even if you are already licensed as an LPC or LCSW, it is good practice to have regular clinical supervision. Working in private practice, or at a job that provides little clinical support, can very quickly lead to burn-out or even you working outside of your scope of practice if you do not have adequate supervision. Supervision can be a powerful, trans-formative experience, much like therapy itself, with the right fit between therapist and an experienced supervisor. Our licensed clinical supervisors get their own clinical supervision because they believe in the value and investment of good clinical supervision.
clinical supervision at catalyss counseling
At Catalyss Counseling, we specialize in providing clinical supervision to both licensure-candidate therapists and social workers, and therapists and social workers who are already licensed. Our supervision is safe, confidential, and professional. We value personal and professional growth, skills development, and the evolution of insight, and we provide this within in the confines of the supervisee-supervisor relationship.
As a supervisee, you can expect to be heard, challenged, and supported throughout the supervision process, regardless of what model your supervisor is drawing from.
We draw from a variety of supervision models, including:
Skills Based Model – This is a client focused model with the goal of skills acquisition such as case conceptualization and intervention strategies.
Personal Growth Model – This is a therapist focused model with the goals of increasing insight and awareness of how personal issues affect therapeutic relationships. The focus is on the development of a counselor as a person.
Process Oriented Method – This is a process focused method with the goals of helping supervisees integrate skills and personal awareness to help facilitate effective relationships with clients. Parallel processes are identified and worked through, and conceptualization on a big-picture level is emphasized.
Psychotherapy Based Models – This model follows the framework and techniques of the specific psychotherapy model/theory being practiced by the supervisee and supervisor. Examples of such would be cognitive behavioral therapy supervision or person-centered supervision.
Developmental Model – This model conceptualizes the supervisee as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced counselor, and the supervisor adjusts interventions accordingly. There are progressive stages from novice to expert, and each stage has discrete characteristics and skills.
Each of our clinical supervisors draws from the above models as needed, and fits supervision needs to your unique self as a counselor.
Catalyss Counselor offers three choices of supervisors, Jennifer Kubilus, LPC, Kristen Dammer, LCSW, and Shannon Heers, LPC. Jennifer, Kristen and Shannon have specific training and experience related to clinical supervision, and have worked with both licensure-candidate therapists and therapists who are already licensed. If you are interested in learning more about the clinical supervision that provides Professional Growth for Therapists at Catalyss Counseling, contact us for a free 20-minute phone consultation to answer your questions or see which clinical supervisor might be a good fit for you.