In the state of Texas in order to obtain your LPC or LCSW clinical license you must complete 3000 hours of clinically relevant work under clinical supervision. You will be cutting your clinical teeth at this stage of your career, which is why choosing a clinical supervisor will play an impactful role in your career, your clinical advancement, and can be one of your strongest advocates related to your future success.
Clinical supervision is best defined as a formal and professional working alliance that is generally between a more experienced and a less experienced clinician. In this alliance, the supervisee’s clinical work is reviewed and reflected upon, counter-transference experiences are explored, and the supervisee’s clinical skill sets are developed and enriched with a variety of aims. These include improving the supervisee’s efficacy with clients, protecting client welfare, providing clinical support and growth for the supervisee, and supporting the supervisee’s professional development
When choosing a supervisor it’s important to first consider where your clinical strengths lie, where you would like to grow as a practitioner, what theoretical and development orientations are meaningful for you, and where you want to ultimately be professionally.