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Clinical Counselor Supervision

CNED 600

The purpose of this course is to help professionals in helping professions, particularly counseling, to develop a better understanding of the considerations that are important in effective supervision. By creating a general awareness of supervisory elements, exploring the different supervisory modalities, and viewing examples of effective supervision, the student will have the initial educational preparation to become a credentialed supervisor.


Students will:

  1. Become familiar with basic skills, competencies, and knowledge required of clinical counseling supervisors.
  2. Explore various models and modalities of clinical supervision.
  3. Be able to distinguish the difference between counseling skills and supervision skills.
  4. Learn how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with supervisees.
  5. Develop a plan for obtaining clinical supervisor credentials.
  6. Acquire knowledge about the ethical and legal concerns involved in clinical counselor supervision.

Required Materials:

  1. Reading and exercises contained in the Counselor Supervision Home Study binder and accompanying DVD developed by Dr. Robert C. Nielsen.
  2. Recommended text:  Aasheim, L. (2012). Practical clinical supervision for counselors. New York: Springer.