A working definition of supervision might include: “An intervention provided by a more senior member of a profession to a more junior member or members of that same profession. This relationship is evaluative, extends over time, and has the simultaneous purposes of enhancing the professional functioning of the more junior person(s), monitoring the quality of professional services offered to the client(s) she, he, or they see(s), and serving as a gatekeeper of those who are in the particular profession “ (Bernard & Goodyear, 1998, p. 6).
The art part of supervision entails knowledge and accompanying skills that a professional accumulates over time. Counseling is dynamic and situations change from one moment to the next. What supervision can do is provide a foundation on which the supervisee can make decisions about an intervention or counseling procedures.
"I am currently an LPC Supervisor Candidate in South Carolina under direct supervision of Dr. Rollins, DMin., LPCS. I use the Discrimination Model of supervision, which allows me to evaluate LPC/I/A supervisees’ ability within each focus area and select the appropriate role from which to respond. The three focus areas we will work on are intervention, conceptualization, and personalization. I will work with you to understand your preferred model of counseling and provide supervision compatible with your theoretical framework as much as possible. My supervision training comprises several years of providing supervised supervision of practicum and internship counseling students. In addition to providing clinical supervision, I am a NCAA LCCC and ABCST, and applying for NBCC Board Certification and RPT. My research centers on professional identity development. I am fascinated to see how one’s professional identity evolves and intersects with one’s career path culturally and spiritually."
What is a LPCS Candidate?
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) of this Board who are seeking licensure as a LPC Supervisor (LPC/S) are known as LPC Supervisor Candidates and are training under the licensure and supervision of a LPC Supervisor of this Board. The LPC who is being trained identifies themselves as a “Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate."
All LPC/I/As require Confirmation of a MINIMUM of 1,380 hours of direct client contact in counseling of individuals, couples, or groups under supervision of a licensed professional counselor supervisor, supervisor candidate, or other qualified licensed mental health practitioner (LPC). Additionally, LPC/I/As are required to obtain confirmation of 120 hours of Post-Master’s Immediate Supervision with a LPCS or LPCS Candidate, and this is what I provide.
Call now to meet with Dr. Buchanan regarding your Post-Master’s Immediate Supervision hours. Supervision is an intensive educational process that facilitates the therapeutic competence of the supervisee over time. In order to emphasize client welfare, supervision is provided by through myself as the expert, than the supervisee (novice) and skilled in areas the supervisee seeks supervision.
What Supervision is NOT:
Supervision is not counseling, but a circumscribed set of skills that monitor the quality of service provided by each of my supervisees. Supervision can be used to assess who is adequate at providing competent services to the public, and obtain skills that facilitate certification and licensure. We will discuss where you work as a clinician and complete your plan for clinical supervision hours. Additionally if you are an upcoming LPC/I/A and have take your NCE exam we may need to discuss your two year supervision plan. Hourly supervision fee required.
My supervisees provide counseling, which may be influenced or directed by myself as their supervisor. Supervision does not have to be provided by members of the same profession. In fact, many doctoral level supervisees in counseling are supervised by individuals who identify with another helping profession (psychology, social work, psychiatry).
Overall, I use a Littrell, Lee-Borden & Lorenz model, a four-stage model, that emphasizes relationship building, teaching/ counselor role, collegial role, and self-supervision. CALL NOW to plan for your future as a quality providing LPC/A!