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SCHEDULING CLINICAL SUPERVISION MEETINGS

In this section reference will be made to:

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Clinical Supervision Agenda

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The Learning Plan

Meetings with each counselor should be scheduled by the clinical supervisor.  It is important to meet with the counselors on a regularly scheduled basis to discuss performance, observations and concerns that impact the counselor’s work.  The duration of the meetings as well as the frequency should be determined by the supervisor according to counselor need.  Some counselors may need an hour per week while more experienced counselors may need only an hour per month.  The most practical method seems to be one in which the meeting is the same time each week or each month so that both counselor and supervisor schedule accordingly.

The focus of the clinical supervision meeting should be the learning plan.  Following a standardized agenda may create consistency and create an environment of comfort and confidence for the supervisor and the counselor.  The supervisory agenda allows counselors to participate in establishing the priorities for each meeting.  If the counselor has agenda items, it is important to discuss those items before continuing with the interview.

NOTE:  the focus of this meeting is the learning plan and the activities designed to improve counselor performance.  This is an opportunity for mentoring, teaching and training to assist the counselor to improve performance. It should be noted in the IDAHO Model, one hour per month of clinical supervision is required.  This hour must include observation as well as the other approved clinical supervision activities.

While the meeting may not require a full hour, the hour should be reserved for clinical supervision activities.  Following the suggested agenda will help to keep the meeting focused and extra time can be spent in mentoring, teaching or role playing.

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