At Ainga, we provide Clinical and licensure supervision to both undergraduate and graduate trainees who are seeking LICSW, LPCC, LSW, or LPC licensure. We offer these types of supervision (Individual & Group) in a non-judgmental, culturally responsive, inclusive, and humble environment that is conducive to quality learning and professional development.
Clinical supervision supports clinical trainees by offering oversight and support from a more experienced and board approved licensed supervisor. To become licensed to practice, all mental health providers must complete a minimum number of therapy hours under clinical supervision. The specific requirements vary depending on the licensure an individual seeks and the state in which they practice.
WHAT IS CLINICAL SUPERVISION FOR LICENSURE?
During clinical supervision, a trainee provider meets with a more experienced provider to discuss cases, treatment strategies, and other important topics. Daily work with clients can be unsettling, so a key aspect of clinical supervision is often helping trainees learn to address their own emotions and practice better self-care. Supervision requirements vary with the degree and licensure a trainee pursues.
WHY IS CLINICAL SUPERVISION IMPORTANT?
Behavioral Health work is both an art and a science. While it’s possible to learn the basic scientific principles in school, the art of clinical work can prove challenging. How will you deal with a client who can’t stop crying? What will you do if a client never speaks or only seems interested in talking about you? How can you measure progress in your practice? How can you prevent your own biases and emotions from intruding upon the therapeutic process? These are difficult questions with complex answers. Clinical supervision prepares you to tackle these issues and provides professional and competence development.
Supervision offers ongoing feedback from a licensed professional who has demonstrated critical clinical skill in a specific discipline or disciplines. Your supervisor can also provide insight into your personal style and guidance on how to sharpen your skills as well as how to adapt your style to the complex needs of diverse clients.
Clinical supervision also helps to address ethical dilemmas, HIPAA and other challenging ethical concerns presented by the trainee. Please be sure to consult with your disciplines code of ethics to stay up to date with any field changes.
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