As a new therapist, finding the right clinical supervisor is essential for your professional growth and development. Clinical supervision is an integral component of licensure in the state of Florida, and the Florida Board of LCSW, MFT & MHC has specific laws and rules pertaining to the definitions and responsibilities of supervision. Therefore, it is crucial to take the time to find a supervisor who will provide you with the support, guidance, and feedback you need to become an effective and ethical therapist. In this blog, we will discuss some questions to ask potential supervisors, red flags to look out for, and potential liability issues for the supervisee when working with an ineffective supervisor.
Questions to Ask Potential Supervisors
When looking for a clinical supervisor, it is important to find someone who can meet your professional needs and goals. Here are some questions to ask potential supervisors:
1. What is your theoretical orientation? It is essential to find a supervisor whose theoretical orientation aligns with your own. If your supervisor’s orientation is vastly different from your own, it may be challenging to implement their feedback effectively.
2. How do you approach clinical supervision? Understanding your potential supervisor’s approach to clinical supervision can help you determine if their style is a good fit for you. For example, if you prefer more structure and feedback, you may want to look for a supervisor who provides more direction and guidance.
3. What is your availability for supervision? Ensure that the potential supervisor’s schedule can accommodate your needs and schedule. For example, if you work full-time, you may require a supervisor who offers evening or weekend sessions.
4. What is your experience working with clients with similar presenting issues? This question is especially important if you specialize in working with specific populations or presenting issues. A supervisor with experience working with similar clients can provide you with valuable insight and guidance.
5. How do you handle ethical dilemmas in supervision? As a supervisee, you will inevitably encounter ethical dilemmas in your work with clients. It is crucial to have a supervisor who can provide guidance and support as you navigate these issues.
Red Flags to Look Out For:
While it is essential to find the right supervisor, it is equally important to be aware of potential red flags. Here are three red flags to look out for:
- Lack of experience or training: According to Florida Board of LCSW, MFT & MHC laws and rules, supervisors must possess the appropriate level of education, experience, and training to provide clinical supervision. If your potential supervisor lacks the necessary experience or training, they may not be equipped to provide you with the guidance and support you need.
- Unavailability: If your potential supervisor is frequently unavailable or difficult to reach, it may be challenging to receive timely feedback and support. Make sure that the potential supervisor’s availability aligns with your needs and schedule.
- Incompatible style or approach: If your potential supervisor’s style or approach does not align with your needs or goals, it may not be a good fit. It is crucial to find a supervisor who can provide you with the support and guidance you require to become an effective and ethical therapist.
Potential Liability Issues:
Working with an ineffective supervisor can lead to potential liability issues for the supervisee. According to Florida Board of LCSW, MFT & MHC laws and rules, the supervisor is responsible for the quality of the supervision provided to the supervisee. If the supervisee receives inadequate supervision or feedback, they may not be equipped to provide effective and ethical care to their clients. Additionally, the supervisee may be held liable for any ethical or legal violations that occur as a result of their inadequate training or supervision.
In conclusion, finding the right clinical supervisor is essential for your professional growth and development as a new therapist. When searching for a supervisor, it is crucial to ask the right questions.
We offer clinical supervision for Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor & Social Work Interns, and individuals pursuing the Registered Art Therapist (ATR) credential. Contact us to schedule a consultation to see if one of our Supervisors may be a good fit for your professional development