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Supervision at Sigma Solutions, PLLC will start with the supervisee providing co-therapy with the supervisor transitioning to the supervisee conducting therapy and presenting the supervisor with either audio or vedio tape of the counseling session. This method provides the best opportunity to observe the counselor’s skills and relationship with the client. The supervisor may also accept any of the following methods of supervision: co-counseling, audio-video recordings of counselor sessions, or verbatim transcripts. All supervision will be done in-person; telephonic supervision will only be conducted in emergency situations. Didactic presentations may be made to enhance the development of the counselor and may include readings or research. However, the majority of supervision time will be spent in case review and the development of the counselor.
6. Confidentiality. Although supervision sessions are primarily training sessions and not therapy, the supervisor and counselor agree to observe the tenets of confidentiality which are extended to clients in therapy sessions.
7. Record-Keeping. The counselor is required to maintain written documentation of all clinical, client and supervision hours, using a form provided by the supervisor. Client case/session notes will be maintained in accordance with professional standards.
8. Evaluation. The supervisor will provide regular verbal feedback to guide the professional development of the counselor toward stated goals. A written evaluation by the supervisor, using the Basic Skills Evaluation Device-modified will be conducted about every four months and at the conclusion of this agreement to document counselor progress. The counselor will be provided with a copy of this evaluation device at the beginning of supervision. At the conclusion of the supervision agreement, the counselor will provide a written evaluation of the supervisor, using a provided form.
9. Supervisor Responsibilities. The supervisor is committed to providing an atmosphere of trust, collegiality, and encouragement for the counselor’s professional growth. The supervisor will provide honest feedback that will indicate growth areas for the counselor and ensure adequate time is provided to make appropriate improvements. The supervisor will indicate the counseling model to be used during each phase of the training program and will provide training in the model. The supervisor will challenge the counselor to consider other models and expand conceptual thinking. The supervisor will be available for emergency contact by the counselor. The supervisor will provide documentation of licensure and supervisor credentials.
10. Counselor Responsibilities. The counselor will be prepared for case presentations and supervision sessions. The counselor will be open to feedback, and will apply him/herself to professional development. The counselor will provide documentation of licensure, insurance, and/or other credentials. The counselor will apply the model being taught in the Center, unless ethical considerations dictate otherwise. If the counselor is receiving academic credit, he/she will provide written documentation of procedures, deadlines, and forms to the supervisor before each term. The counselor will clearly state his/her goals at the beginning of this agreement, professional credentials being pursued, and expectations of the supervisor in helping him/her achieve these goals. The counselor will notify clients that he/she is under supervision by Mr. Clark.
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