Completing practicum/internship is such an exciting moment for a new counselor. You're finally finished with the courses and tests that have taken over a great amount of time and now....you've got a license to practice... A license that says HEY! I AM A COUNSELOR NOW! Exciting, AND terrifying.
So you're looking for an LLPC Supervisor in Michigan because this is how the next step in your training begins. You connect yourself with a counselor who will mentor, guide and provide you with clinical supervision through the next 3,000 practice hours. How do you find this person? How does supervision work? What is the first step?
The first step is to do your research. Do not expect others to know the rules and regulations for what is expected for ethical practice. It has been my experience that knowledge of what is needed for LLPC's to gain full licensure in Michigan is....well, not wide spread. So take some time and read up. Supervision is different from individual psychotherapy sessions.
So, you're asking yourself - How do I find a Michigan LLPC supervisor? Well - most LLPC's who are referred to ResourcED for supervision are referred by their graduate program or via an LLPC who is already receiving supervision from me. You can also check out the Michigan Counseling Association's Website to find a Michigan LLPC Supervisor in your area. Truly, the best way to find a supervisor who fits the bill is to ask a classmate, friend, or someone you trust for a recommendation.
Start by asking a potential LLPC supervisor the following questions -
- What is your supervision style?
- Are there specific techniques or theories that you utilize most often?
- What do you expect from your LLPC's?
- What experience do you have working with the ______ population
- What is your process of evaluation for an LLPC?
- How are your LLPC supervision sessions scheduled and structured?
- May I have a copy of your LLPC Supervision Disclosure Statement
As a prospective LLPC Supervisee, you should know the following -
This information is taken straight from the Counseling Licensing Guide on LARA's website
- You must have your LLPC license in order to begin counting hours toward your full licensure
- Official LLPC supervision sessions also begin AFTER the LLPC license is received
- You must earn 3,000 hours of mental health service practice in no less than a 2 year period
- You must complete 100 face-to-face hours with your LLPC supervisor
- You need to renew your LLPC license annually and can do so for up to 10 years, during that 10th year you must be prepared to complete your full LPC license application, as your LLPC cannot be renewed after the 10th year
- Your LLPC license must remain in active status throughout your supervision period for accrued hours to count towards full licensure
- YOU need to ensure that you keep up to date with new rules and regulations published by LARA - The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs