S.C. Code Regs. 36-27 - Standards for Supervision

Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 3, March 25, 2022

A. Supervision of Clinical Contact

The process of supervision shall encompass multiple strategies of supervision, including regularly scheduled live observation of counseling sessions or review of audiotapes and/or videotapes of counseling sessions. The process may also include discussion of the supervisee's self-reports, micro-training, interpersonal process recall, modeling, role-playing, and other supervisory techniques.

B. Acceptable Supervisor
1. Supervisees beginning their period of supervision shall be supervised by a supervisor authorized by this Board or a qualified licensed mental health practitioner approved by this Board.
2. A supervisor shall not be related to the supervisee in any of the following relationships: spouse, parent, child, sibling of the whole- or half-blood, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, present stepparent, or present stepchild.
C. Role of the Supervisor
1. The supervisor shall provide nurturance and support to the supervisee, explaining the relationship of theory to practice, suggesting specific actions, assisting the supervisee in exploring various models for practice, and challenging discrepancies in the supervisee's practice.
2. The supervisor shall ensure that the counseling clinical contact is completed in appropriate professional settings and with adequate administrative and clerical controls.
3. The supervisor shall ensure the supervisee's familiarity with important literature in the appropriate field of practice.
4. The supervisor shall model effective practice.
5. The supervisor shall supervise no more than twelve supervisees for direct client contact hours in immediate supervision of individual or group supervision.
6. The supervisor shall provide written reports as required by the Board and shall be available for consultation with the Board or its committees regarding the supervisee's competence for licensure.
D. Supervision must occur in accordance with the following guidelines:
1. The Plan for Supervision shall be completed by each supervisor and submitted to the Board. Following the completion of supervision the Confirmation of Clinical Supervision form supported by a log of hours and any written confirmation that the Board may require to support the hours noted shall be completed and mailed to the Board.
2. The process of supervision shall be outlined in a contract for supervision written between the supervisor and supervisee. This contract must address supervision issues including, but not limited to, the following:
a. clarification of whether supervision will be individual, group or both; and
b. clarification of where, when and for what length of time supervision will occur and the consistency required; and
c. any fee for the supervision including cancellation policy for supervisor and supervisee; and
d. the availability of the supervisor in therapeutic emergencies and a clearly stated process for addressing suicidal or homicidal ideation or other high-risk situations; and
e. confidentiality issues and record keeping including the process for responding to subpoenas, requests for records or other client information and a clearly stated process for protecting client's confidentiality; and
f. knowledge of and commitment to abide by the code of ethics and applicable federal and state laws; and
g. boundary issues including but not limited to personal issues (i.e. dual relationships, gifts, self disclosure); and
h. release of information form for supervisor and the supervisee to exchange information with other supervisors of person supervised; and
i. clarification of the duties of the supervisor and the supervisee such as: caseload report; preparation for supervision; documentation of diagnosis, treatment plan and session notes; time of supervisory sessions to be spent listening or watching tapes and/or observing; homework assignments including familiarity with important literature in the field; appropriate professional settings with adequate administrative and clerical controls; and
j. the development of a learning plan addressing widely accepted treatment models and methodology; and
k. procedure and schedule to review performance including self-evaluation, client satisfaction surveys and feedback to the Supervisor and supervisee; and
l. procedure to review or amend contract and/or Plan for Supervision.
3. Acceptable modes for supervision of direct clinical contact are the following:
a. Individual/triadic supervision: an acceptable supervisor conducts the supervisory session with no more than two supervisees present for a period of at least one-hour. It is suggested that contracts for individual/triadic supervision occur in specified blocks of time.
b. Group supervision: an acceptable supervisor with no more than six supervisees present for a period of at least two hours conducts the supervisory session. It is suggested that contracts for group supervision occur in specified blocks of time.
4. The Board generally considers none of the following as appropriate for supervision:
a. any supervision conducted by a current or former family member or other person connected to the supervisee in such a way that would prevent or make difficult the establishment of a professional relationship.
b. peer supervision, consultation, or professional or staff development
c. administrative supervision
d. any process that is primarily didactic or involves teaching or training in a workshop, seminar or classroom format, including continuing education
e. supervision of more than twelve supervisees at any given time.


S.C. Code Regs. 36-27
Added by State Register Volume 43, Issue No. 05, eff. 5/24/2019.

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