Two courses are available in Clinical Supervision for a total of 45 clock yours in Clinical Supervision training.
Clinical Supervision Series Part 1- 30 clock hours $297.00
Clinical Supervision Series Part 2- 15 clock hours $167.00
Approved Clinical Supervisor Credential
In the United States, if you are a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor or some variation of this title, you may be residing in a state that requires you to hold the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential or equivalent (varies from state to state) to conduct clinical supervision. The same applies if you are a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.
The ACS credential through the Center for Credentialing and Education requires specialized training among other qualifications (excerpted from the application):
An applicant must document completion of either of the following:
a. A graduate course in clinical supervision, OR
b. A total of 45 clock hours of workshop training in clinical supervision.
Clinical supervision training must be specific for supervisors or becoming supervisors. Courses in
receiving clinical supervision will not be accepted.
Both the 30-hour and 15-hour courses cover this content from different perspectives. The 30-hour course offers a broad overview of clinical supervision from a therapeutic lens. The 15-hour course places an emphasis on supervision of the substance abuse counselor. and the implementation of clinical supervision protocol within a behavioral health/substance abuse program.
1. Roles and functions of clinical supervisors
2. Models of clinical supervision
3. Mental health-related professional development
4. Methods and techniques in clinical supervision
5. Supervisory relationship issues
6. Cultural issues in clinical supervision
7. Group supervision
8. Legal and ethical issues in clinical supervision
9. Evaluation of supervisee competence and the supervision process
The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) does not specify specific approved training providers but rather, requires proof of training that covers the above content and is at least 45 hours of instruction. In addition, CCE does not specify that you must attend a training from a provider in the state you hold a license. That means you have freedom in choosing training that appeals to you and your practice, using your own discretion.
If you are interested in becoming an ACS and you already have completed hours toward the 45 required, you can take either Part 1, 30 hours or Part 2, 15 hours. If you need all 45 you may take both Part 1 and 2. The two courses in the series complete a Specialist Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
How the course is taught
The course is taught online in a learning platform and is self-paced. With each module you will be assigned reading material and then asked to reflect on the reading through a written response. You will be given written feedback on your reflections and opportunities to clarify or ask questions. For more on how courses are designed, read Online Learning and Curated Content and How I Teach Online Courses.
DeeAnna Nagel is the course facilitator. She has 25 years of experience in the field of mental health counseling and she is an Approved Clinical Supervisor.
How to Register
After paying for the CE option, you will be registered within 2 business days (usually sooner). This is a self-directed course and you have 1 year to complete.
Once you are registered you will receive an email from the learning platform system so be sure to check your spam folder.
Clinical Supervision Series Part 1
(required textbook not included: Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide (2nd edition) by Corey, Haynes, Moulton and Muratori)