“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

– socrates

Supervision occurs through stages of growth. The foundational education of the supervisee is enhanced and built upon as the supervisee gains the practical experience afforded in the clinical setting. Experiences are valuable and both the supervisor and supervisee are creative, resourceful and full of wonder. Supervision ensures that counselors are adhering to the highest ethical standards, using up-to-date, evidence-based treatments, getting feedback that encourages self-awareness and self-reflection, and managing their own wellbeing.

Supervision is a collaborative process. It is important that the supervisor’s knowledge and style are appropriate to the supervisee’s current needs, and this should be evaluated regularly. The supervisory relationship established and strengthened by trust, respect and transparency. Supervision should happen in a supportive environment that feels safe enough for supervisees to be honest about their difficulties. Supervision is a time for supervisees to challenge themselves. Learning takes place when we are challenged. Through role plays, case discussions, readings and training, supervision should stretch supervisees to master new skills and develop new knowledge and perspectives, and to become reflective about themselves in their clinical practice. When supervising I try to keep the level of challenge at the right level that will encourage supervisees to grow and thrive.

As a supervisor, I aim to establish a comfortable, private space for supervisees to explore struggles openly and celebrate successes. My goal as your supervisor is to inform, encourage and process. During our relationship as Supervisor and Supervisee, I commit to provide respectful, constructive and honest feedback for your professional development and growth. I commit to provide you with resources that aid in your professional development and your clinical work. I commit to teaching you how to assess and evaluate your professional development. I commit to celebrate your successes and growth as you arrive at licensure.

Your Rights

  • To my attention, ideas & guidance.
  • To receive appropriate feedback.
  • To uninterrupted time in a private venue.
  • To set learning goals.
  • To ask questions.
  • To expect me to fulfill any agreed action or provide an appropriate explanation within an agreed upon time frame.
  • To have your developmental and training needs met.
  • To challenge ideas and guidance in a constructive way.

Your Responsibilities

  • To become knowledgeable and adhere to the ethical standards of the ACA and State Board of Behavioral Health.
  • To comply with the ethics codes and applicable laws pertaining to confidentiality.
  • To be open to feedback, change, or use of alternative methods of practice.
  • To validate diagnoses, interventions, approached, and techniques used.
  • To consult with me in cases of emergency, or any case that might be potentially liable or involve an ethical dilemma or violation.
  • To maintain current professional liability insurance.
  • To maintain a commitment to the supervisory process and be prepared in advance of the supervisory sessions.

My Rights

  • To bring concerns or issues about your work.
  • To give you constructive feedback on your work performance.
  • To observe your practice and initiate supportive and/or corrective action as needed.

My Responsibilities

  • To uphold the terms of the Supervision Contract.
  • To offer a reflective space for you to learn and grow in practice development.
  • To ensure best practices and ethical guidelines are upheld.
  • To help you identify strengths and areas of growth.
  • To create learning opportunities that model effective therapeutic approaches.
  • To ensure supervisory sessions occur as agreed and maintain documentation.
  • To maintain supervision file for a minimum of 5 years.
  • To monitor and assess your performance.
  • To complete all required documentation as required by the State of Oklahoma.