One of the most important components of getting your professional clinical counseling program is the process of supervision. It’s one thing to learn how to do counseling in graduate school, it’s another thing to do it in practice. And when you graduate, it’s guns blazing at this point.

When you start working with actual clients, you need to have a supervisor that you report directly to. For every 20 hours of meeting with clients, you meet with a supervisor for 1 hour. It’s important for the supervisor too, because any mistakes your supervisee makes not only affects their licensure, but yours as well.

You are responsible for them. So it’s a bit intimidating to be a supervisor.

So I am excited and nervous to note that I am 3 of 4 classes into taking classes to earn my supervision credential. I have to have my LPCC credentials for a year, which I got at the beginning of this last summer, before I can officially apply to do supervision.

So cheers to continually learning, continually growing, and continually putting yourself out there.

Posted by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is owner of and the Co-Occurring Program Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at a community mental health center. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Colorado and Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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