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Supervision - How it Works

Fee for Services

The fee of $ 125.00 has been adopted as the monthly fee for payment of supervision services. This fee will entitle the supervisee to receive four (4) clinical hours of individual supervision (a clinical hour being 45-50 minutes) and two (2) hours of group supervision each month. The specific format for individual supervision will depend on the needs of the supervisee. The formats of supervision that may be counted as individual supervision can be found below. Group supervision will consist of a monthly 2-hour group, during which time group members will have an opportunity to receive feedback from the supervisor as well as peers.

Evaluation

The workshops in which you are enrolled and this supervision require some form of evaluation. Throughout the semester you will receive timely feedback related to your professional and skills development. A more comprehensive evaluation will occur at the end of the semester on your course-provided rating form. Your growth will be discussed throughout the semester; therefore, the semester-end evaluation will contain nothing we haven’t processed.

Legal and Ethical

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor, I adhere to the legal and ethical standards set forth by each of these bodies. Also as mentioned earlier, supervision is not intended to be utilized as personal counseling. The content of our supervision is confidential, except for the limits to confidentiality as describe in the legal and ethical standards set forth by the ACA, APT, NBCC, and any other relevant professional bodies. As a supervisee, the individual is bound by and expected to conduct himself or herself in a manner required by the State of Mississippi, the Ethics Code of ACA, APT, NCC, and any other relevant professional bodies.

Statement of Agreement

Signing a distance contract for supervision is for the sole purpose of supervising the individual’s training in play therapy, utilization of play therapy skills, and application of play therapy techniques. The individual and his or her site supervisor, if not yet licensed, maintain full responsibility for all clinical decisions and actions. If the individual is licensed as a mental health practitioner, he or she is fully responsible for all clinical decisions and actions. Under these conditions I assume no legal, moral, or clinical responsibilities for the practitioner's actions whether intended or not.

Prerequisites for Distance Supervision

In order to enter a formal agreement for Distance Supervision, individuals must meet the educational requirements listed below.

  1. Applicants must have a graduate degree in a mental health field (or be currently enrolled in a graduate mental health program).

  2. Applicants for distance supervision must have completed an Introductory Play Therapy course or equivalent, either at an accredited university or through workshops that have been approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). The Introductory Play Therapy course or equivalent should include, at a minimum, the following areas:

  • An Introduction to and History of Play Therapy

  • Theoretical Perspectives in Play Therapy

  • Logistical Aspects of Play Therapy

  • Play Room Setup and Portable Play

  • Handling Problems in the Play room

  • Understanding Play Behaviors

  • Ethical Issues in Play Therapy

  • Skills and Techniques Utilized in Play Therapy

**Individuals must also provide a taped example of his or her use of play therapy prior to initiating a distance supervision contract.

Responsibilities of Supervisee

  • The supervisee must be eligible to provide mental health services as delineated under their state mental health professional code(s) as an independent practitioner or as a supervised practitioner working toward a mental health license.

  • The supervisee who is non-licensed and working towards licensure must provide documentation of their immediate supervisor’s (site supervisor’s) awareness of and permission for, receiving distance supervision of play therapy experience.

  • The supervisee is responsible for obtaining the appropriate consents (both client/guardian and site of practice) prior to discussing, recording, and sending any case-sensitive information. All identifying information must be removed from any and all case related material in order to safeguard client confidentiality. Recorded sessions will contain only the supervisees name and date of the session.

  • The supervisee is responsible for following the ethical guidelines set forth by the State of Mississippi, ACA, APT, NBCC, and any other applicable, professional bodies.

  • The supervisee will be responsible for attending all group supervisions and being available, by phone or in person, for all individual supervisions. The supervisee and supervisor may mutually negotiate a make-up of missed hours and any additional hours of supervision that may be requested.

  • The supervisee must have and provide proof of liability insurance.

  • The supervisee is required to maintain a record/log of dates and hours of supervision received. This record will also include a copy of any form of written feedback that is offered by the supervisor.

  • The supervisee is responsible for keeping and/or destruction of materials, which were submitted for the purpose of supervision, then returned by the supervisor.

  • The supervisee is encouraged to seek psychotherapy if personal issues arise that cannot be resolved within the supervision relationship.

  • The supervisee will contact the distance supervisor immediately and inform him of any grievances, sanctions, or lawsuits filed against the supervisee.

Responsibilities of Supervisor

  • The supervisor is responsible for supervising solely the training, utilization, and application of play therapy skills and techniques.

  • The supervisor is responsible for following the ethical guidelines set forth by the State of Mississippi, ACA, APT, NBCC, and any other applicable, professional bodies.

  • The supervisor must have and provide proof of liability insurance.

  • The supervisor must have adequate training in supervision and be certified, registered, and/or licensed to provide such supervision. The supervisor must be able to provide proof of his training and credentials if requested.

  • The supervisor must be available, within reason, to provide the negotiated supervision. The supervisor must provide the supervisee(s) with contact information where he may be reached.

  • The supervisor must provide timely feedback to supervisee(s) through phone call, emails, and/or written reports.

  • The supervisor must return all materials submitted by the supervisee(s) such as videotapes, reports, art products, and/or sand tray photos to the supervisee(s) after review. The supervisor is responsible for proper storage of these materials until they have been returned to the supervisee(s).

  • The supervisor will maintain a copy of the record/log of dates and hours of supervision given to the supervisee(s). This record will also include a copy of any form of written feedback that is offered to the supervisee(s).

  • The supervisor will periodically review the supervision file of the supervisee(s) to insure he or she is on track for certification, registration, and/or licensure.

  • The supervisor will immediately contact the supervisee(s) if he believes that the contents of a session indicated an obligation to make a report to any authorities.

 


   
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