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Supervision Intervention Strategies

Clinical Supervision [2.8.13]

The following are clinical supervision tools and links to resources on behavioral health Web sites. We encourage organizations to provide examples or information on clinical supervision tools. Please submit your suggestion using the link provided.

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 52: Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor from SAMHSA/CSAT Division of Services Improvement

Organized into three parts, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 52: Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor presents basic information about clinical supervision.
1.     Part 1 (for clinical supervisors): Presents basic information about clinical supervision in the substance abuse treatment field and provides a “how to” of clinical supervision.
2.     Part 2 (for program administrators): Helps administrators understand the benefits and rationale behind providing clinical supervision for their program’s substance abuse counselors.
Part 1 and 2 are available for download.
3.     Part 3 consists of three sections: An analysis of the available literature, an annotated bibliography of the literature most central to the topic, and a bibliography of other available literature. Part 3 is available only online.

Clinical Supervision Bibliographies, found on the ATTC web site include bibliographies for Foundation Area I: Theory, Roles and Modality of Clinical Supervision and Foundation Area II Leadership.

Evidence-Based Practices KITS: Shaping Mental Health Services Toward Recovery

These Evidence Based Practice KITS (Knowledge Informing Transformation) are produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and their Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) to provide states, communities, administrators, practitioners, consumers of mental health care and their family members, resources to implement mental health practices that work. Supervision topics are integrated within each KITS; topics include the following with links for download each KIT: 
Each KIT contains PowerPoint presentations, brochures, videos and CD ROMS, practice workbooks and exercises and program guidelines. Each KIT provides EBP principles, benefits and values that guide clinical judgments, specific treatment components, structured service-delivery components and evaluations components.
An overview of how to use the KITs is available.

Clinical supervision is necessary in the behavioral health field to improve client care, develop the professionalism of clinical personnel, and impart and maintain ethical standards. In recent
years, clinical supervision has become the cornerstone of quality improvement and assurance.

Other Clinical Supervision Resources

The Web portal has a variety of resources to support clinical supervision including A Provider’s Guide on How to Use Core Competencies in Behavioral Health
A Literature Review of Gender Issues in Supervision: Power Differentials and Dual Relationships, this literature review by Louis Downs discusses gender-based problems in counselor training supervision and the power differentials between supervisor and supervisee.

Supervision Styles that are Perceived and Preferred by Supervisors and Supervisees: Case Studies
, based on a program offered at the American Counselor Association conference and part of a research study, showed that a supervision style match helped alleviate supervisees’ negative feelings and contribute to a better supervision outcome.
Diane Coursol discusses the use of internet videoconferencing in facilitating the counselor supervision process and discusses the advantages and limitations of this form of supervision.

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