Clinical supervision and consultation has been considered integral elements of training and maintaining competency for counselors. The primary responsibility of supervisions is to help professional socialization by instilling an understanding of the relevant ethical principles and standards to be a significant component in providing therapeutic rapports. The primary reasons for clinical supervisions are to ensure quality care and provide professional development in a systematic and planned manner.
In todays’ society, clinical supervisions require a foundation in the understanding of the ethical and legal aspects of the supervisory relationship. There are many ethical and legal issues that can affect the ...view middle of the document...
A primary focus of supervision is to be vigilant and aware of issues that could result in clients receiving inadequate service or being harmed by the therapeutic process. A supervisor must do everything within their power to insure that issues or behaviors of other counselors are not harming clients. New professionals need to develop an understanding of what it meant to be a professional, and this is accomplished by pairing them with a veteran professional. This allows the supervisor to demonstrate or model how to be a good professional. Competent supervisors have an additional set of conceptual information related to legal, ethical, regulatory issues, licensing, and administrative requirements. Supervisors should have an awareness and sensitivity the professional and personal nature of supervision. Supervisors must also be cognizant of cultural factors, environmental issues, and system issues that impact supervision.
Consultation occurs between peers and is provided by a veteran counselor who is responsible for overseeing that clients’ needs are being met. Consultation is an arrangement between counselors where the consultant provides a service, such as an opinion on a particular case, but the professional receiving the consultation has the right to accept or reject the opinion of the consultant. Supervision and Consultation are fundamentally different. Supervision occurs when you are overseeing those who cannot legally do what they are doing without your oversight. When supervising others, you have a legal responsibility for their actions. Everything else is consultation and should be labeled as a consult.