Supervision typically has requirements that are overseen by your profession’s licensing board. Each state has different requirements for supervision, so it is important to check with your specific state’s board to determine your specific requirements. Many boards distinguish between the amount of group and individual hours allowed. They may also indicate if supervision must be face-to-face or if telephone or video conferencing is allowed.
Consultation is often utilized for individuals who are seeking guidance and mentorship in their profession or field of specialty. Consultation does not have oversight by licensing boards. Some clinicians seek clinical consultation to review cases, determine appropriate interventions, and/or to enhance their clinical skills. Others seek business consultation to learn how to grow their private practice, increase the morale in their group practice, or for financial business guidance.
Every state and profession has different requirements pertaining to supervision (social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists). It is important to understand your state’s requirements so you can have this discussion with your supervisor, to ensure they have met the appropriate criteria. Every state has a board website, where you can review specific requirements for your state. All supervisors who place their listing on ConsultationAndSupervision.com agree that they meet their state’s requirements for supervision. However, we urge you to verify this information through your board’s verification system.
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