Clinical Supervision Ethics > Introduction

Clinical Supervision Ethics

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
6 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $30


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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 6 continuing education credits.

CALIFORNIA: This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for 6 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 6 hours of CE Credit.

This program is approved for 6 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 continuing education for Clinical Supervisors for Social Workers, LMFTs, Addiction Counselors and Professional Counselors.  This course Specifically will focus on the ethics of Clinical Supervision, including such areas as 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.

CE Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • Explain the principles governing clinical supervision particularly the modes of supervision and its domains
  • Discuss the legal and ethical issues concerning clinical supervision
  • Employ the guidelines on how to implement clinical supervision
  • Practice the responsibility and maintenance of therapy record keeping
  • Review the code of ethics for the social workers particularly those who are mental health practitioners and counselors

Course Outline:

  • PART 1:

  • Chapter 1: Central Principles of Clinical Supervision
    • Guidelines for New Supervisors
    • Problems and Resources
    • Working with Staff Who are Resistant to Supervision
    • Things a New Supervisor Should Know
    • Modes of Clinical Supervision
    • Developmental Stages of Counselors
    • Developmental Stages of Supervisors
    • Guidelines on Supervision
    • Domain A: Supervisor Competence
    • Domain B: Diversity
    • Domain C: Supervisory Relationship
    • Domain D: Professionalism
    • Domain E: Assessment/Evaluation/Feedback
    • Domain F: Professional Competence Problems
    • Domain G: Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Considerations
    • 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

  • Chapter 2:
    • Introduction
    • Assessing Organizational Readiness
    • Legal and Ethical Issues of Supervision
    • Selection and Competence of Supervision
    • Supervision Guidelines
    • The Initial Supervision Sessions
    • Evaluation of Counselors and Supervisors
    • Individual Development Plan
    • Outline for Case Presentations
    • Audio- and Videotaping

  • Part 2: Clinical Supervision Implementation Guide

  • Part 3:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 2: Therapy Records
    • Responsibility for Records
    • Content of Records
    • Medical and Psychiatric History

  • Chapter 3: Client Forms
    • Required Client Forms
    • Consents and Acknowledgements
    • Informed Consent
    • Consent to be treated by a trainee
    • Notice of Privacy Practices
    • Financial Arrangements
    • HIPAA and Limits of Confidentiality
    • Releases of Information

  • Chapter 4: Client’s Status
    • Client Status
    • Current Status within the Treatment Plan
    • Current Mental Status
    • Quality Status
    • Treatment Plans and Goals
    • Progress
    • Problems in Not Meeting Treatment Goals
    • Significant Actions Taken and Outcome
    • Documentation for All Issues with Legal Consequences
    • Transfer of Health Information to Prisons or Jail
    • Client Fails to Follow Clinical Directives
    • Telephone Conversations with Client and Others
    • Emails, Phone Messages; and Texts
    • Consultations
    • Gifts from Clients and Reasons Accepted
    • All Information Related to Suicidal, Homicidal or Abuse Concerns

  • Chapter 5: Evidence of Continuity of Care
    • Evidence of Continuity of Care
    • Confidentiality of Records
    • Patient Access to Records
    • Disclosure of Record Keeping Procedures
    • Maintenance of Records
    • Organizational Methods
    • Psychotherapy Notes
    • HIPAA Definition of Psychotherapy Notes
    • Progress Notes
    • Security
    • Retention of Records
    • Preserving the Context of Records
    • Electronic Records
    • Record Keeping in Organizational Settings
    • Multiple Client Records
    • Financial Records
    • Disposition of Records
    • Evaluation of the Supervisee

  • Bibliography

  • Appendix: National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
    • Preamble
    • Ethical Principles
    • Ethical Standards

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 Update February 2021

Clinical Supervision Ethics > Introduction
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