Clinical Supervision > Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION

Clinical Supervision

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
15 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $75


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Board and Agency Approvals, provider #1613, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: (12/15/21 to 12/15/24). Social Workers completing this course receive 15 continuing education credits.

CALIFORNIA: This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for 15 hours of CE Credit

TEXAS: This course meets the criteria for acceptable continuing education as defined by the Texas State Boards of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers for 15 hours of CE Credit.

This program is approved for 15 continuing education credits/contact hours by:

  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
  • The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: CCAPP-IE Provider # 1N-16-256-0824
  • The California Associations of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) #CP40 977 H 0425

It is the responsibility of the participant to check with their board regarding specific CE requirements.


CE Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide education for Clinical Supervisors for Social Workers, LMFTs, Addiction Counselors and Pofessional Counselors.  This course will address the role of the clinical supervisor, different supervision models, and developmental stages of the supervision/supervisee relationship.  In addition, ethical issues are addressed including HIPPA, therapy records, confidentiality and ethical standards.   

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.


Upon completing this course, the clinical supervisor will be able to:

1. Define the role of the clinical supervisor, including at least four competencies that a supervisor needs.
2. Explain at least five goals of a supervisor.
3. Describe what his or her current supervisory philosophy is, how it was arrived at and what is being considered to improve that philosophy.
4. Give a brief definition or deblockedion of five basic types of supervision models: functional, competency-based, theory- and treatment-based, developmental, process-oriented etc.
5. Name and explain three areas that relate competencies of professional and ethical standards.
6. Name at least four areas where counter-transference could be an issue.
7. Name some types of dual-relationships that are not unethical; and name some benefits of self-disclosure.
8. Identify rights clients have under HIPPA and its exceptions to confidentiality.
9. List at least eight areas that belong in the therapy record.
10. Name the single, most helpful thing an agency can give its therapists to aid in dealing with suicidal or homicidal clients.
11. Name two possible resistant behaviors of a supervisee and two of the ways to counteract that resistance.
12. Name at least two developmental stages between supervisor and supervisee.
13. Name at least four modalities or approaches to supervision.
14. Name at least four non-clinical areas that may need to be discussed with a supervisee.

CE Course Outline

Target Audiences:  A Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Nurses
Content level: A Intermediate

  • Chapter 1: Information You Need To Know
    • Central Principles of Clinical Supervision
    • Guidelines for New Supervisors
    • Models of Clinical Supervision
    • Developmental Stages of Counselors
    • Developmental Stages of Supervisors
    • Cultural and Contextual Factors
    • Ethical and Legal Issues
    • Monitoring Performance
    • Methods of Observation
    • Practical Issues in Clinical Supervision
    • Methods and Techniques of Clinical Supervision
    • Administrative Supervision
    • Resources
  • Chapter 2: State Statutes Regulations for Clinical Supervision
    • California BBS Statutes and Regulations for Clinical Supervision
      • LMFT's
      • LCSWs
      • LPCC
  • Chapter 3: Further Principles in Clinical Supervision
    • Introduction
    • Definitions
    • The Supervisor
    • The Supervisee
    • The Supervision Process
    • Supervision Issues/Material to Cover
  • Chapter 4: Clinical Supervision Vignettes 286
    • Vignette 1-Establishing a New Approach for Clinical Supervision
    • Vignette 2-Defining and Building the Supervisory Alliance
    • Vignette 3-Addressing Ethical Standards
    • Vignette 4-Implementing an Evidence-Based Practice 309
    • Vignette 5-Maintaining Focus on Job Performance 328
    • Vignette 6-Promoting a Counselor From Within
    • Vignette 7-Mentoring a Successor
    • Vignette 8-Making the Case for Clinical Supervision to Administrators
  • Chapter 5: Creating a Clinical Supervision System
    • Benefits and Rationale
    • Key Issues for Administrators in Clinical Supervision
    • Legal and Ethical Issues for Administrators
    • Implementing a Clinical Supervision Program
    • Phasing in a Clinical Supervision System
    • Documents and record keeping
    • Supporting Clinical Supervisors in Their Jobs

Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Updated January 2021

Clinical Supervision > Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION
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