How to Choose a Good Clinical Supervisor
Choosing a supervisor can be difficult. There are many supervisors
available in the New York/New Jersey area with a wide range of skills
Here are some questions to ask as you search for a good clinical
- How many years have you been supervising?
Although you may find a good supervisor who has little
experience, a supervisor with a minimum of 4 years
supervisory experience will probably be able to serve you
- How many years have you been practicing
psychotherapy since you received your license?
A supervisor with less than 7 years seeing patients/clients will
have fewer skills and less experience to draw on in
- What level supervisee do you supervise?
Try to find a supervisor who has supervised more
experienced clinicians, not just beginners.
- What kind of post-graduate training do you have?
Post graduate training provides additional skills to
supervisors. Supervisors who seek out professional training
beyond required CEU’s also show a commitment to the field.
Find out if the supervisor has post-graduate training working
with more than individuals. A well rounded supervisor should
have post-graduate training in couples, familes, and groups.
If they do not, you are selling yourself short!
- Do you continue to receive training/supervision?
Supervision/training should be a life-long quest for anyone
doing psychotherapy. (I have been practicing psychotherapy
for 23 years and supervising for 20 years and continue to
receive training on a weekly basis.)
Here are some other issues to address:
- Do they have approval from the state board of
Approved supervisors will be able to provide you a letter
stating that they are approved by the state. A “graduate” of
SIFI is not qualified to provide supervision to anyone except
graduate school interns.
Just because someone is approved by the state does not
mean that they are a competent supervisor. It only means that
they have a certain number of years experience and have
completed a 30 hour course.
You will need to provide the supervisor with a copy of your
license* If you are seeking off-site clinical supervision you
must have a letter from your employer giving you permission
to have supervision with the off-site supervisor.
- Supervisors must provide supervisees with a copy of their
license. After supervision begins, supervisors must provide
supervisees with a written evaluation every 3 months until the
appropriate number of clinical hours have been accrued.
This differs for social workers, counselors, and marriage and
family therapists who are not yet LMFT’s.
*If you are an LCSW, LMFT or LPC, supervision is voluntary and
you do not have to document anything regarding supervision.
Tips on Choosing a Good Clinical Supervisor