Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

Clinical Supervision

On June 14th, Nick Lessa led a presentation at the monthly ATPA Clinical Improvement Meeting, on section one of David Powell’s classic book, Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.  Section one of the book focused on the principles of clinical supervision.  The presentation focused on common errors of an untrained supervisor, key features of a good clinical relationship, the differences between administrative supervision and clinical supervision, Powell’s definition of clinical supervision, traits of an effective supervisor, and leadership principles.

The presentation led to a lively discussion among the participants of their own involvements with experienced and inexperienced supervisors, agency practices around clinical supervision, and examples of difficulties supervising counselors.  On July 19th, the group will reconvene and agreed to discuss “models of clinical supervision” from the same book.

 

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