Teaching, training and mentoring. These activities are needed to assist counselors to improve clinical performance. These activitiesmay be 1:1, group supervision or training/mentoring provided by the clinical supervisor. These activities are reported on Clinical Supervision Progress Notes form.
Individual Clinical Supervision Meetings. Each counselor should have a regularly scheduled time for clinical supervision. While the amount of time needed on a weekly or monthly basis may vary depending on the experience and skill of each counselor, each should have clinical supervision on a scheduled basis. Supervision meetings are documented and a copy of the supervisor's summary of that meeting is provided to the counselor.
Group Supervision/Training. Group supervision is utilized when there is a common need among counselors which can be addressed in a group meeting. This is a time saving measure and can also be an opportunity for counselors to share information and learning.
Reviewing and updating Learning Plans. Learning Plans shouldbe reviewed at least every three months. Updating the plan will include selecting new goals with the counselor and agreeing on activities to achieve those goals.
Each of these activities is to be documented on the Clinical Supervision Progress Notes. Learning plans are to be developed with the counselor and reviewed/updated at least quarterly; more often as needed.
4. IMPLEMENTATION STEPS
Distribute copies of the TAP 21 to all counselors.
Discuss clinical supervision with each counselor, define what it is and how it will work; provide group supervision.
Use the ORAL model of communication and begin relationship development with each counselor. Attachment A
Schedule individual clinical supervision appointments with each counselor based on need.
Complete the rating forms to assess performance and establish a base line to begin performance improvement. Attachment B