In this unit, you will learn about the role of supervision and consultation in clinical mental health counseling. Supervision is a form of consultation that all counselors engage in during their training and professional lives, both as supervisees and eventually as supervisors of interns and new professionals. The theories for supervision and consultation parallel some of the theories for counseling, and the methods and approaches to supervision and consultation can vary from one-on-one work to group. Regardless of the methods used, the purposes are to provide optimal services to clients, reduce the potential for harm, share liability, and assist in decision making.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Identify the role and functions of supervision in clinical mental health counseling.
2. Evaluate the role of the clinical mental health counselor when both providing and seeking professional consultation.
3. Apply appropriate interpersonal and collaborative communication skills as required for a clinical mental health counseling professional.
Use your Orientation to the Counseling Profession text to read:
Chapter 14, “Consultation and Supervision,” pages 424–451.
Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
The Role of Supervision
Describe two different models (individual, triadic, or group), methods, and theories used in CMHC supervision. What do you feel is most important to accomplish in supervision and what are your top three preferences in a supervisor?
Discussion 2: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Consultation Case Study
You have been employed by a local agency to work as a consultant to determine if the clients are making gains and are satisfied with their treatment. You visit the agency and meet with the counselors and administrators to discuss potential ways to measure treatment gains as well as client satisfaction. You have been given access to a small group of clients to discuss how they are doing in treatment.
Provide an outline of a consultation proposal that details how you would go about answering the following question: “Are clients here getting better?” Be sure to describe the consultation model you are following, your role as counselor and consultant, and the appropriate setting.