Clinical supervisor training (7 CEUs) is offered through:
Lynette Rodi, MA, LCPC, LAC
Journeys Consulting, LCC

Training Overview:

The work that we do in the world of mental health is incredible.  We are given the great honor of interacting with fellow humans who are walking a path on which they are experiencing pain, disillusionment, hopelessness, and even suffering to varying degrees.  We are invited into their worlds, into their pain and stories, and they allow us to offer whatever strength and encouragement we have.  This is amazing.  It’s awe-inspiring!  What a gift.    At the same time, our work is stressful, frustrating, overwhelming, demanding, and sometimes downright heartbreaking.  Too many of us get driven to the brink of despair.  We can feel helpless, hopeless, or worse…apathetic.  We need support and guidance.  We need mentorship.  We need to know we’re not alone.  Clinical supervision is one way to meet these needs.  Too often, though, even when supervision is provided, many entities are providing a “check the box” kind of supervision that doesn’t meet the needs of those it serves.  Many times this happens because clinical supervisors are given the title, but not offered the support they need in knowing what supervision is or how to provide it.   This training offers the what and how of clinical supervision and encourages and empowers you to offer your best self in your role as clinical supervisor.

Topics covered: 
What is clinical supervision?
What is leadership?
Nuts and Bolts
Functions and Roles, Models, Characteristics and Skills and Agreements 
Legal and Ethical Issues
Decision Making, Ethical Vulnerabilities, Liability (direct and indirect) and Other Safeguards
The “How”
Which model?  Which leadership style?  Self-Assessment, Getting to know supervisees, P&P of agency and HR, Getting supervision of your own Meetings, Structure and types, Setting goals and assessing, Handling difficult situations/conversations
Mindful Leadership and Positive Psychology in Leadership
Compassion Fatigue – Keeping yourself and your supervisees invested and empowered

The focus of this training is on establishing and/or enhancing our skills as Clinical Supervisors. We will examine and apply well-researched topics such as leadership, functions and roles of supervision, characteristics and skills of effective supervisors, legal and ethical decision-making, addressing difficult situations, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue. This training is being sponsored by Montana’s Peer Network in compliance with the new legislation that governs certification for peer supporters. One requirement to be a peer supporter is to have ongoing clinical supervision. The requirements to be a supervisor are to be a licensed mental health professional with at least 3 years of postlicensure experience. If you don’t have 3 years of post-licensure experience, you are required to take 20 hours of board-certified training in clinical supervision. This training is approved for 7of those hours. (It also meets requirements for clinical supervisors for all behavior health candidates for licensure as well as people who already hold those licenses: LCPC, LCSW, LAC.)

Whether or not you need training in clinical supervision to meet these requirements, taking training to develop and enhance skills in this area is of utmost importance. Even though this training is being offered in conjunction with new rules around peer support, the presenter’s philosophy and approach to clinical supervision is that regardless of the profession you are supervising, all the principles of effective supervision apply. As each profession presents a few unique issues unto their own, we will certainly touch on some of the unique issues presented by supervising peer supporters. But, in general, we’ll be engaging with this material with the understanding that these are good guiding principles no matter what license, degree, or certificate your supervisee holds.

We will not be addressing information about the scope of practice of peer supporters, billing considerations, etc. For more information and trainings on these topics, please contact Katie at MPN.