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Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor

Author: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA

Course Created: 2009

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

This supervision continuing education course presents best-practice guidelines and basic information for clinical supervisors and program administrators. This course examines the basics of clinical supervision, including representative vignettes of specific scenarios, master supervisor notes and comments to show the thinking behind the supervisor’s approach in each vignette, and how-to descriptions of effective techniques.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the various models of supervision.
  • Describe different counselor characteristics.
  • Explain the continuum of cultural competence.
  • Describe the purpose of an IDP.
  • Explain balancing clinical and administrative functions.
  • Discuss the different methods of clinical supervision.

Course Syllabus

  • 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
  • Key Issues for Administrators in Clinical Supervision
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Administrators
  • Implementing a Clinical Supervision Program
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