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How to Select a Supervisor

How to Select a Supervisor

The guidelines for people that choose to supervise counselors as they move from a Limited License (LLPC) status to a full license or LPC are pretty specific.  It is the responsibility of the LLPC/Supervisee to properly vet prospective Supervisors to ensure that both meet the standards set by the State of Michigan.  It is very important to choose a supervisor wisely since you are likely entering into a long-term relationship with this person.   

Here are a few things to consider and questions you could ask when you screen a potential LPC Supervisor:

How many years have you been supervising and can I see proof of your compliance with state guidelines?

State of Michigan licensing guidelines states:

 (a) For licensed individuals who were providing supervision on or before January 1, 2013, have training in the function of counseling supervision and have acquired at least 3 years of experience in counseling.

(b) For licensed individuals who began providing supervision after January 1, 2013, have acquired at least 3 years of practice in counseling and have completed training in the function of counseling supervision that complies with the requirements of subrule (2) of this rule.

(2) Training in the function of counseling supervision shall include both of the following requirements: (a) Include 1 of the following as specialized training: (i) 2 semester hours of graduate credit in training in counseling supervision. (ii) 30 contact hours of workshop training in counseling supervision.

How many years have you been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor? 

As cited above a person must have a least three years of experience in order to supervise, it is often recommended that supervisors have extensive experience in the field.  You will want someone that has had experience being supervised and experience that they can help you grow professionally. 

 

What level of supervisee do you supervise?

It is a good idea to find a supervisor that has experience with both experienced and beginning licensed counselors.

What kind of post-graduate training do you have?

Postgraduate training is not required in Michigan for LPC's, however, professionals who voluntarily seek out additional training show a stronger commitment to the profession. Supervisors must show proof that they completed state required training. 

Do you have a Disclosure Statement that clearly states your education, experience and how you meet the State of Michigan Supervision requirement?

Check the state of Michigan LARA website for specific requirements for supervisors

questions derived from http://socialworksupervision.net/ChoosingaGoodSupervisor.html, answers are derived from State of Michigan LARA