From the rating form or rubrics, the current level of performance should be indicated as well as the expected level to be achieved. The detailed activities in the learning plan will guide the counselor in their efforts to successfully improve performance.
As the learning plan is developed between the counselor and supervisor, cooperation and collaboration should be evident in the manner in which activities are developed, timelines are determined and method of evaluating progress are planned. This learning plan should be a step by step guide to improve counselor performance.
Determining time lines for completion further reflect the cooperative/collaborative relationship necessary to make this model successful in clinical supervision. The time line should reflect completion of each activity that will lead to improved counselor performance. These activities should be reasonable, achievable and developed in a manner that is consistent with the counselor’s learning style. While some activities may take longer than others, it is important to attend to the time lines so that the counselor is always aware of the need to be working on the learning plan activities. If the deadline is three months from the inception, the counselor may “forget” the need to attend to the activities on a weekly basis. By the same token, it is important to allow sufficient time for completion of the activities agreed upon. The Clinical Supervisor should address the Learning Plan in each scheduled Clinical Supervision Meeting.
The STEPS to create a learning plan
Indicate the counselor's name, supervisors name and current date.
Indicate the Practice Dimension and the specific area.
Indicate the specific Competency (ies) from TAP 21 to be addressed in this learning plan.
Indicate the counselor's strengths and challenges.
Indicate the current level of performance from the rating form(s) or rubrics.
Indicate the desired level of performance as a result of the activities in this learning plan.
Detail the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes that will be addressed in this learning plan.
Detail the goal in specific behavioral terms.
Indicate specific activities designed to address each of the Knowledge, Skill and Attitudes indicated in this learning plan.
Indicate the manner in which progress will be measured and the manner in which the counselor will demonstrate the knowledge or skill acquired.
Indicate a completion date for each activity. These may vary and all activities may not be completed simultaneously.
Be sure the learning plan is signed by the clinical supervisor and the counselor and dated.