LLPC’s will find that supervision with me is somewhat different than it is with other qualified LLPC supervisors in Michigan - I was licensed and completed my limited licensed experience in Texas (there the license is LPC-I instead of LLPC) a state that has far stricter licensing requirements and guidelines for LLPC’s looking to become fully licensed. Since Michigan’s rules and guidelines are QUITE vague (or so I think) - I’ve adopted several of the guidelines that helped me feel secure in the guidance I received while limited licensed.
Before you begin supervision with me, expect to receive several documents to review and sign; one of which is the required supervisory disclosure statement that describes my background and qualifications. Additionally - you’ll receive an outline of what I expect you to learn, develop and practice while holding your LLPC. As an LLPC under my supervision, I expect that you will gain experience in the following:
➢ Successful utilization of the DSM 5 to diagnose and compile a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment
➢ At least 1 method of crisis screening/intervention
➢ Basic utilization of at least 1 assessment tool (delivering, scoring, interpreting results)
➢ On going, long term, individual therapy (individual, couples, families) utilizing at least 2 different evidence-based models of treatment
➢ On going facilitation and/or co facilitation of group therapy
➢ Development of an ongoing plan for continued learning and training in the field of counseling
➢ Utilization of case management techniques and resources
➢ Skills for coordination of care with other health providers
➢ Develop an understanding of client resources in and around your area of practice
➢ Ability to compile and present a client's case
➢ Discussion and development a better understanding of an area, or areas of expertise regarding LLPC's practice
➢ Where to find answers to or resources for ethical and practice based questions
➢ The ability to confront and discuss personal biases and barriers
Before supervision with me begins I also want to hear from each LLPC, what they're hoping to gain during supervision and what they're looking for from a supervisor. Similar to what I let my client's know up front, if I feel we're not a good fit -I am going to tell you that and explain why. It is my belief that these are core fundamentals that all LLPCs need to practice as they work toward full licensure. Of course this list is not all inclusive - I am sure there are many things I am leaving out. If you are a LPC-S, or you supervise limited licensed counselors - I am interested to know what is on your list of musts for your LLPC's?
.....oh and in the interest of full disclosure, Michigan LLPCs - expect to be asked when you'll be taking the NCE during our first meeting. And my suggestion will always be - ASAP!!!