Contact Hours: 8

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based, in part on: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 52. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4435. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009.

The student will learn about:
Benefits and Rationale on Supervision
Key Issues for Administrators in Clinical Supervision
Administrative and Clinical Supervision
Legal and Ethical Issues for Administrators
Diversity and Cultural Competence
Developing a Model for Clinical Supervision
Implementing a Clinical Supervision Program
Professional Development of Supervisors
Legal and Ethical Issues of Supervision
Supervision Guidelines
The Supervision Contract
The Initial Supervision Sessions
Evaluation of Counselors and Supervisors
Individual Development Plan
Outline for Case Presentations
Audio­ and Videotaping

Contact Hours: 8

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based in part on Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Counselor SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol 52


The student will learn about:

 Central Principles of Clinical Supervision
 Guidelines for new Supervisors
 Models of Clinical Supervision
 Developmental Stages of Counselors
 Developmental Stages of Supervisors
 Cultural and Contextual Factors
 Ethical and Legal Issues
 Monitoring Performance
 Methods of Observation
 Practical Issues in Clinical Supervision
 Methods and Techniques of Clinical Supervision
 Administrative Supervision

Contact Hours: 4

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based on: American Psychological Association. (2014). Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology. Retrieved from

The student will learn about:
  • Supervision Competence
  • Diversity
  • Supervisory Relationship
  • Professionalism Assessment/Evaluation/Feedback
  • Professional Competence
  • Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Considerations


1. Define clinical supervision
2. Discuss the purpose of supervision
3. Delineate the differences between supervision and counseling
4. Identify ten principles for leadership in the new organizational structure
5. Identify agency stakeholders
6. Discuss what traits make an effective supervisor.
7. Self-evaluate in order to be able to articulate answers to personal philosophy questions
9. Examine approaches to supervision including developmental, psychodynamic, the skills
model, the systems model and the alcohol and drug abuse model.
10. Examine unique characteristics of addictions
11. Discuss what is involved in establishing a supervisory relationship including
contracts, individual development plans, referrals,
12. Discuss how to assess the learning environment in your supervision setting
13. Learn about limits and managing the supervisory workload
14. Identify multiple methods for observation and the unique strengths and weaknesses of
15. Become familiar with the five types of supervisory intervention and methods for
providing feedback
16. Identify the six core areas for counselor competencies
17. Identify several major sources of anxiety for supervisees and methods to assist them
18. Develop a list of solution-focused methods for assisting supervisees in overcoming
roadblocks include
19. Define burnout and methods for burnout prevention

Clinical Supervision I:  Building Chemical Dependency Counselor Skills Participant Manual
Gordon Lindbloom, Ph.D.; Thomas G. Ten Eyck, M.A., CADC II; Steven L. Gallon, Ph.D.; John Porter, M.S.


  • Understand the tasks and functions of the clinical supervisor
  • Improve ability to give effective performance feedback
  • Learn how to structure supervisory interview to meet specific goals
  • Be familiar with the counseling competencies
  • Increase ability to assess counselor proficiency in the competencies
  • Design a learning plan to improve counselor performance.

Use the text Workforce Development TIPS

Contact Hours: 6

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, NCC, LPC-MHSP, LMHC


Lectures by Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

A Brief Summary of Supervision Models

American Counseling Association VISTAS ONLINE Review of Supervision

Clinical Supervision: An Overview by i-Counseling


  • Review the Models of Supervision
  • Identify the stages of supervisor and supervisee development in the supervision process
  • Highlight ethical issues and concerns unique to supervision
  • Review documentation necessary for supervision to include the supervisory contract, performance reviews
  • Brainstorm methods for supervising sessions