Clinical Supervision

Clinical social work supervision is a process in which a clinical social worker provides guidance and support to another social worker who is working with clients. The goal of supervision is to help the supervisee develop clinical skills and knowledge and provide support in managing client cases. Supervision can take many forms but typically includes regular meeting times to discuss clinical cases, review progress, and offer feedback. While all states do not require clinical supervision, many employers prefer or need that clinical social workers have experience in supervision. There are many benefits to pursuing clinical social work supervision, including developing clinical skills, expanding career opportunities, and gaining knowledge about best practices in the field. 

What is Clinical Social Work and Clinical Supervision?

781.102: Clinical social work--A specialty within the practice of
master social work that requires applying social work
theory, knowledge, methods, ethics, and the
professional use of self to restore or enhance social,
psychosocial, or bio-psychosocial functioning of
individuals, couples, families, groups, and/or persons
who are adversely affected by social or psychosocial
stress or health impairment. Clinical social work
practice involves using specialized clinical knowledge
and advanced clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and
treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders,
conditions and addictions, including severe mental
illness and serious emotional disturbances in adults,
adolescents and children. Treatment methods may
include, but are not limited to, providing individual,
marital, couple, family, and group psychotherapy.
Clinical social workers are qualified and authorized to
use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM), the International Classification of
Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
codes, and other diagnostic classification systems in
assessment, diagnosis, and other practice activities.
The practice of clinical social work is restricted to
either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or a Licensed
Master Social Worker under clinical supervision in
employment or under a clinical supervision plan.

Note: Hours accrued in non-clinical settings may be used to satisfy the requirements of this rule if the applicant works at least 4 hours per week providing clinical social work as defined in §781.102 of this title

 

Reference:
TEXAS BEHAVIORAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HEALTH EXECUTIVE Gloria Z. Canseco, M.A .... https://www.bhec.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Agenda_BHEC-2020October.pdf

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Who can provide Clinical Supervision?:

Only a Licensed Clinical Social Work who is Council-approved can provide clinical supervision to a Licensed Master Social Worker who is providing clinical services and is under a supervision plan to fulfill supervision requirements for achieving an LCSW OR a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker who is providing non-clinical social work service toward qualifications for independent non-clinical practice recognition under a supervision plan. 

Reference: TEXAS BEHAVIORAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HEALTH EXECUTIVE Gloria Z. Canseco, M.A .... https://www.bhec.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Agenda_BHEC-2020October.pdf

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What are the Supervision Requirements?

Complete 3000 hours of direct experience/
Complete 100 hours of supervision:
LCSW: over a minimum of 24 months and not more than 48 months
LBSW/IPR: not more than 60 full months

Reference: TEXAS BEHAVIORAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HEALTH EXECUTIVE Gloria Z. Canseco, M.A .... https://www.bhec.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Agenda_BHEC-2020October.pdf

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2022: Updates to NASW Code of Ethics

Read More:

2021 Amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics: Self-Care and Cultural Competence. https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=UyXb_VQ35QA%3d&portalid=0
 

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