Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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CHANGES TO PLAN OF SUPERVISION REQUIREMENTS AND SUPERVISOR QUALIFICATIONS

Important changes have been made to the requirements for Plans of Supervision and Supervision Qualifications.  These changes were effective Aug. 1, 2016, and apply to all NEW Plan of Supervision applications.

If you are supervising or being supervised under a Plan of Supervision approved before Aug. 1, 2016, you may continue under that approved Plan of Supervision without meeting these new requirements and qualifications.  However, if you amend an approved Plan of Supervision or add a new supervisor/supervisee who is under a Plan of Supervision approved prior to Aug. 1, 2016, you will need to meet these new requirements.

For all new Plans of Supervision, the proposed supervisor must be a Board Approved Supervisor and the supervisee must meet the qualifying requirements for a Plan of Supervision.

Board Approved Supervisor Qualifications
A Board Approved Supervisor must be:

  • An approved Clinical Supervisor credentialed by the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc. and recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates;
  • A license professional counselor, licensed professional counselor-mental health, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified social worker-private independent practice, licensed psychologist, or licensed psychiatrist, who has been actively licensed for at least two years prior to the beginning of the supervision;
  • A licensed professional counselor, licensed professional counselor-mental health, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified social worker-private independent practice, licensed psychologist, or licensed psychiatrist, who has been actively licensed for at least one year and has evidence of completing 15 hours of supervision training before beginning supervision; or
  • An American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved clinical supervisor.

In addition to meeting one of these qualifications, an applicant to be a Board Approved Supervisor must:

  •  Complete an application to be a Board Approved Supervisor;
  • Verification of completing at least four hours of training in supervision in the previous five years immediately preceding the submission of an application;
  • Verification of liability insurance; and
  • Full disclosure of all ethical complaint settlements

Approved Board Supervisors must complete 4 hours of counselor supervision education as part of the 40 hours of continuing education required every two years to maintain the approved status.

Supervisee Requirements for LPC and LMFT Plans of Supervision Approved after Aug. 1, 2016
An applicant for a Plan of Supervision must:

  • Submit an application for a Plan of Supervision to be supervised by a Board Approved Supervisor
  • Provide proof of a passing score on a national exam
  • Provide an official transcript documenting the required education for licensure

An Approved Plan of Supervision
A Supervisor of an LPC or LMFT supervisee with an Approved Plan of Supervision must use at least two methods of supervision during the first six months of supervision.  A Supervisor of an LPC-MH supervisee with an Approved Plan of Supervision must use at least two methods of supervision during the period of the supervision. The two forms of supervision must be documented.

For Plans of Supervision beginning after Aug. 1, 2016 the supervisee may not practice counseling in private practice during the first two years of a Plan of Supervision.

Application for Approved Supervisor Status