There are many reasons to seek out clinical supervision:  Work becomes intense, specific challenges with cases, limited supervision at organization, limited degree of interaction with other clinicians, or seeking a new professional license. Whatever the reason, it is helpful to seek a supervisor that fits your needs, style, and clinical focus.  

Many supervisors offer initial sessions to see if the relationship is a β€œfit.”  Researching potential supervisors can help you decide on a supervisor.  Here are a few areas to consider in no particular order; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Credentials: It is important to ensure the supervisor is able to supervise clinicians. This is especially important if you are seeking a professional license as there are specific requirements for each license.
  • Years in practice as a supervisor and as clinician: It is helpful to find someone experienced in both therapy and supervision.  Being a skilled clinician does not automatically make one a skilled supervisor and vice versa.  Again, there are some set requirements for specific licensing supervisors.  You should check with your profession's licensing board to ensure the supervisor meets the requirements.
  • Supervision Model: Does the supervisor follow a specific model?  Supervision is a specific practice with models that guide the process.
  • Clinical style and knowledge: Does the supervisor have knowledge and competency to supervise you on the modalities, theories, and populations you work with?
  • Feedback: What is your preferred way of receiving feedback?  Is the supervisor's style compatible with yours?
  • Relationship: Remember this is a professional relationship that builds over time through open, honest feedback and support.  Starting with a a good base can aid in the development of the working relationship.