Dec
12

Advanced Clinical Supervision

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Anda Jines with Dr. Toni Tollerud, Professor of Counseling at Northern Illinois University and Training Director for the Center on Child Welfare and Education in DeKalb, IL

Anda Jines with Dr. Toni Tollerud, Professor of Counseling at Northern Illinois University and Training Director for the Center on Child Welfare and Education in DeKalb, IL

I attended another interesting workshop this week in dowtown Chicago.  This one was on advanced clinical supervision.  Having an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) degree qualifies me to supervise LPCs (Licensed Professional Counselors) and interns.  Therefore it is important to understand how the supervision process differs from the counseling process.

What is Clinical Supervision?

In clinical supervision, one mental health professional trains another, less experienced professional and supervises their clinical work.  Therefore, supervision is more like teaching and less like treating.  Rather than processing emotions and uncovering core issues, the supervisor offers “how to” guidance to their supervisee.

Important Topics for Supervisors

This workshop focused on advanced skills used in supervision in dealing with difficult supervisees and the issues they bring to supervision.  It addressed several topics including:

  • prevention strategies that can help to avoid difficulties
  • typical problems encountered
  • a due process procedure for when problems arise
  • impairment
  • burnout

We discussed our own experiences in supervision, as well as several interesting video vignettes.  Additionally, we examined several legal concerns in supervision, and how to respond when a supervisee has violated professional ethics guidelines.

Workshop Review

This was a very interesting workshop, and brought up important questions to consider and situations to prepare for.  Dr. Tollerud was an engaging presenter and kept us involved in discussing the material.  She helped me to understand the importance of supervision training to our profession, and shared a lot of useful information. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who does supervision or who is interested in doing supervision in the future.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Tollerud for coming to downtown Chicago despite the hazzardous road conditions that day, and the impressive -20 degrees wind chill in this windy city of ours.  Much appreciated!

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.  Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Anja, I attended this same workshop a while ago. It was due to taking these courses that I hired my own child therapy consultant. Her insight and expertise have been invaluable to me, and has benefited my clients, I am sure.

  2. Anda Jines says:

    I take that to mean that you offer child therapy as one of your services, and that you also consult with someone you hired about these cases. I agree that the support and guidance we get through consultation is invaluable! That is one thing I like a lot about working with Hoover and Associates. We have weekly consultation meetings. I think it would be very difficult to practice without that.

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