Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This continuing education course explores thoroughly the topic of clinical supervision and professional development of substance abuse counselors. It is designed for new and experienced supervisors, and other professionals interested in learning more about supervision processes. It presents best practice guidelines and information relevant for supervisors and program administrators, including a review of problems and resources. The course examines the basics of clinical supervision through descriptions of supervision methods and provides tools to guide supervisors’ challenging work with their supervisees.  Vignettes and tips highlight key learning points throughout the learning materials. The course is designed for new and experienced supervisors, and other professionals interested in learning more about supervision processes. This learning material is based on SAMHSA TIP 52 published in 2014. In 2019, Amanda Gilmore, PhD modified the original TIP for CE4Less learners to include current information on the topics detailed in Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor. These modifications include some text changes and updated citations.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” 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.
  • Recognize how supervisors balance clinical and administrative functions.
  • Discuss the different methods of clinical supervision.

Course Syllabus

  • Central Principles of Clinical Supervision
  • Models of Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical Supervision for Motivational Interviewing
  • Developmental Stages of Counselors
  • Developmental Stages of Supervisors
  • Cultural and Contextual Factors
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Practical Issues in Clinical Supervision
  • Methods and Techniques of Clinical Supervision
  • Administrative Supervision
  • Technology in Clinical Supervision
  • Administrative and Clinical Supervision
  • Developing a Model for Clinical Supervision
  • Implementing a Clinical Supervision Program
  • Professional Development of Supervisors
  • Assessing Organizational Readiness



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts that advance the behavioral health of the nation. On SAMHSA states that its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in America.

Amanda Gilmore, PhD

Dr. Gilmore received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington, completed her clinical internship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and received postdoctoral training in post traumatic stress research at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She joined the faculty at MUSC in 2016 and currently holds a joint appointment in the College of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests primarily focus on the development and testing of (1) integrated prevention programs for alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, and sexual risk behaviors among high-risk groups including adolescents, college students, and service members, (2) innovative technology-based interventions to improve the rate of treatment access and decrease treatment drop-out among underserved populations; and (3) secondary prevention programs for individuals who experienced recent sexual assault. She is also interested in the acute effects of alcohol on sexual decision making. Dr. Gilmore has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on grants from NIDA, NIAAA, the Office for Victims of Crime and the Department of Homeland Security as well as several internal grant mechanisms. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal behaviors and she founded and led clinics that have provided treatment to recent sexual assault victims, victims of crime with post traumatic stress and suicidal behaviors, and integrated behavioral health care within an OB/GYN clinic.

Accreditation Approval Statements, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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