SELECTING A SUPERVISOR TRAINING PROGRAM

By: James Blundo Executive Director MMHCA

As Executive Director of MMHCA with many years of counseling experience I want to address the issue of Supervisor Training. It is extremely important that you pick wisely. I have observed several inquiries on Facebook about the selection process of finding your best options for training.

Evaluate the Investment.

Here are some important considerations to think about when making a decision about what training is the best for you. The Michigan Board of Counseling Rules specify what supervisor training must include.  It is important that your training program meet these requirements.  They can be found in Rule. 333.1757 (2).  Be aware that the current Rules were written for the 1988 law, and a new set of rules is currently being promulgated for the 2019 law.

Evaluate the Trainer.

Is the trainer willing to provide a list of people who have taken the training so that you can contact them and ask about the training?  This approach usually yields more significant information when you select someone from a list to ask questions of rather than simply relying on testimonials and revues. Will this program truly prepare you for the new role you are taking on as a supervisor?

Evaluate the Program.

Beyond just providing a training to meet training requirements to be a supervisor, what added value does the program provide? It might surprise you to know that there are no particular requirements in the Rules concerning who can provide this training.  There is no requirement that someone providing supervisor training has actually done supervision.  There is no requirement that the trainer be licensed as an LPC. Because Licensure laws and supervision requirements vary from state to state, you will probably want to make sure that your trainer is licensed to practice in Michigan and is a qualified supervisor in Michigan.  

Questions to ask about the trainer:

How long has your trainer been licensed to practice in Michigan?  You can go to the verify a license section on the LARA website (https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89512—,00.html) to see when your trainer’s license was issued.

How long has your trainer provided supervision in Michigan?

How do they meet the requirements to be a supervisor?  Michigan Rules require that supervisors provide their supervisees with a statement detailing how they meet the requirements to be a supervisor. Don’t hesitate to ask your trainer for a copy of this statement.

What supervision credentials does your trainer hold?  The national credential for supervisors is the Approved Clinical Supervisor Credential (ACS).  The MITS credential for Michigan supervisors designates a qualified supervisor with training that needs Michigan requirements.  The Center for Credentialing and Education, which issues the ACS credential, provides a link to National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP (Approved Providers of Continuing Education.)

https://www.nbcc.org/search/acep_by_state?statecode=MI.

Other resources related to your decision making:

MI Administrative Code(s) for Licensing and Regulatory Affairs – Bureau of Professional Licensing

Licensed Professional Counseling Rule/Law regarding LLPC Supervisors’ trainer/training

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