A Competency-based Approach to Clinical Supervision

With the advent of competencies documents for all mental health profession, competency-based clinical supervision is evolving quickly. A reflective, mindful approach to clinical supervision is strength-based, focused on upholding values and ethics of the profession, and devoted to enhancing supervisee development while monitoring and gatekeeping for the protection of the client and the profession.

The competency-based approach entails self-assessment, development of the supervisory relationship, identifying relationship strain, ruptures, and knowing how to repair them. The framework incorporates and infuses diversity in all its multiple aspects for all participants. Competencies also include monitoring, giving corrective as well as positive feedback, evaluation strategies, legal and ethical considerations, prevention and support for supervisee vicarious traumatization, self-care, and management of supervisees who do not meet performance competency standards. Through use of a competency-based frame, meta-theoretical reflective strategies for practice are modeled.

Our definition of clinical supervision is "Supervision is a distinct professional activity

New Courses

Clinical Supervision: New Developments for Clinical Practice

New Books

Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision

Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach (American Psychological Association, March, 2014)

Order: APA

Recent News

Supervision Guidelines Approved by APA Council (August, 2014)

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards Supervision Guidelines released 2015


Carol Falender, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist in the State of California
PSY 5703
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Email: cfalender@gmail.com