Supervision is a vital part of your early learning and growth as a therapist. Laying a solid foundation is important to your future clients’ – and your career- success. As such, it is important for you, the Intern, to select your Supervisor wisely. Here are some suggestions to consider:
- Ask colleagues for recommendations
- Check with your state's licensing board
- Interview at least a few potential supervisors
- Sit in on a real supervision group (a confidentiality agreement will need to be signed)
- Ask questions and pay attention to how they are answered
Watch out for some common pitfalls:
- Rushing in to a Supervision contract because you are so excited to have supervision
- Accepting whatever Supervisor is provided at your job site
- Believing everything that's on a Supervisor's marketing materials without due diligence
In addition to following ethics and law, would you prefer that your Supervisor:
- Care about your professional growth?
- Care about your clients' success?
- Teach or review effective assessment, treatment and termination techniques?
- Avoid treating Supervision like it's a therapy session?
- Help you prepare for various clinical scenarios involving a variety of treatment units?
- Dedicate time to preparing you to pass the ethics and clinical exams?
Please don’t take this aspect of your training lightly. Take the time to find the right fit.
Melinda Haynes, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
California lic. no. 102308
Serving Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley
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