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Supervision in the Recovery Field: Guiding Clinicians & Psychotherapists -Providing Substance Abuse Treatment

7 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $69.00

Co-developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D. and Brooke Anarde, M.S.W, LCSW

Course fulfills the California six (6) hour Supervision Requirement for psychologists (by BOP) and for MFTs (by BBS). It also fulfills the supervision requirement in other states. Verify requirements with your state board.

For those providing supervision in Chemical Dependency Treatment Centers, this course may fulfill the requirements of your licensing agencies. Check with them for details.

This course is offered as part of a Certificate Program Addiction: From Substance Abuse & Chemical Dependency to Gambling & Internet Addiction 49 CE Credit Hours

Also see our Supervision Savings Package (for LCSWs) of 15 CE Credit Hours.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles

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General Course Description

This course focuses on supervision issues as they relate to substance abuse and recovery. According to several government agencies and other resources, alcoholism and drug addiction have continued to increase, and yet the number of people receiving treatment is likely only 12% of the affected population. As the US reorganizes its delivery of medical care in the 21st century, the number of addicts who receive outpatient or inpatient treatment is likely to significantly increase. In a field in which clinical supervision has not historically been required, the recovery industry and drug and alcohol abuse treatments are making strides to catch up.

This introductory course is based primarily on a Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The supervision of clinicians serving in the Recovery industry is reviewed comprehensively. Principles of, models for and stages of supervision are summarized, as are cultural, contextual, ethical and legal concerns. Additionally, issues that are specific to the supervision of healthcare professionals in inpatient settings are also described. This article outlines ways to determine organizational readiness to implement supervision practices, as well as the specifics of developing both clinical and administrative supervision plans. Vignettes are provided so that students can apply what they have read and grasp the subtle issues inherent in the practice of supervision. In addition to the TIP, students may access two other articles for their perusal: one reviewing Ethical Guidelines for Addictions Professionals, one presenting Laws and Regulations as they relate to Addictions Professionals. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope. It also does not serve as a permission to title yourself in any specific way.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Transform the principles of supervision into practical skills for providing administration, evaluation, clinical review and support to substance abuse counselors.

2.    Discern between supervision and therapy or counseling.

3.    Compare and contrast supervisory roles of teacher, mentor, consultant and coach for a substance abuse counselor.

4.    Distinguish ways in which the supervision of a facility-based substance abuse counselor is different from the supervision of an outpatient clinician in private practice.

5.    Review the developmental stages of cultural competence that clinicians move through.

6.    Summarize the areas of supervisory vulnerability and liability.

7.    Identify ways in which both summative and formative evaluation of substance abuse counselors will occur.

Course Syllabus

Supervision as it pertains to Substance Abuse Counselors

  • Definition and Description
  • 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 & Regulations

Methods and Techniques of Clinical Supervision

Administrative Supervision

Observation and Evaluation of Supervisees

Practical Issues in Clinical Supervision

Applications of Supervision Techniques (vignettes)

Ethics in Supervision as addressed by NAADAC and other State and National Professional Associations

Regulations & Law as they Apply to Supervision in CA and a Variety of other States

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