Core Components of a 40 Hour Supervisor Training

Texas supervisor training program, speaking, consulting
40 hour supervisor training, consultation
Dr. Kate Walker Ph.D., LPC/LMFT Supervisor and Dr. Christopher Taylor Ph.D., LPC-S

40 hour supervisor training, consultationOn May 19 2018 Dr. Chris Taylor and I traveled to El Paso and delivered a train the trainer course to twenty licensed professional counselors. Why? Because there is a massive shortage of licensed mental health providers in the El Paso and surrounding areas and the domino effect is devastating. Where there are few licensed providers there are few approved supervisors and where there are few approved supervisors there are few interns. Bottom line: we can’t attract new professionals into rural communities unless we establish a pipeline of licensed professionals willing to become approved supervisors.

Thanks to Dr. Paul Carrola, The University of Texas El Paso, and the Paso del Norte Center for Mental and Emotional Well Being we were able to deliver a FREE six hour training to licensed professional counselors interested in providing the 40 hour supervisor training. Using the content from the Kate Walker Training 40 Hour LPC/LMFT supervisor course, we were able to give participants a solid foundation to provide their own 40 hour course. We chose to focus on four key elements:

  1. Become a CE Provider
  2. Create legal/compliant content
  3. Create practical/effective content
  4. Create content that safeguards the public and your license

40 hour supervisor training, consultationBecome a CE Provider

First, fill out the form, write your check to the state, and become a CE provider. As of the date of this published blog, in Texas both LPC and LMFT rules require that you must become an approved CE provider before you can sell seats to your own 40 hour training. LPC rules go on to stipulate that 40 hour teachers must also be approved supervisors and approved 40 hour training providers.

Compliant Content

Next, you must have content that is compliant with the rules for the training you wish to teach. This includes not only checking out LPC and LMFT rules for the content you must include, you must also make sure you cover recent rule changes, trending complaints, and policies the board may have adopted but not published yet. Creating compliant content means as a trainer you must attend board meetings so you will be familiar not only with the rules but with the latest board actions and policies.

40 hour supervisor training, consultationPractical Content

In addition to compliant content, you must deliver practical tools. As a wise man once told me, “I’ve never heard a complaint against someone because they didn’t know their theories.” Most board complaints against supervisors are administrative in nature. The supervisor didn’t keep accurate records; the supervisor wasn’t aware of the number of supervision hours needed each month; or the supervisor didn’t provide enough documentation. When you teach a supervision course you must provide practical tools so new supervisors are successful.

Content that Safeguards the Public

Finally, you must provide content to help new supervisors safeguard the public, their license, and your license. How do you teach a new intern to assess suicidal and homicidal ideation? Assess and report abuse? Stay safe with violent clients or dicey work settings? These are things your participants may KNOW because they are seasoned practitioners. As the instructor you must teach your participants how to ‘teach that skill’ to level 1 interns who may think they already know it all. At Kate Walker Training we devote time to helping our participants go beyond a supervision contract so they are able to confidently teach new interns these skills before they ever start seeing clients.40 hour training, consultation

We need more supervisors! We also know that designing and delivering an effective supervisor training can be hard. If you are interested in becoming a trainer, stay tuned. We’ll have more info coming the end of August.


Keep on Growing: Why an Excellent Supervisor Refresher Course Matters

Supervisor Refresher Training Course

Keep on Growing: Why an Excellent Supervisor Refresher Course Matters


Email 1 (counselor): Do counselor supervisors need continuing education?

Email 2 (me): Yep

Email 3 (counselor): Will your Supervisor Refresher Course count for supervisor continuing education?

Email 4 (me): Yep

Email 5 (counselor): Do I have to travel to take it?

Email 6 (me): Nope. You can actually attend our live class virtually.

Two email exchanges later and this counselor had signed up for an amazing LPC/LMFT Supervisor Refresher Course for his continuing education.

Most states require continuing education for mental health providers holding the supervisor designation. The problem? Good ones are hard to find. Face to face supervisor refresher courses are held infrequently and usually require travel. Online courses can be sketchy at best, or contain out of date information, errors, and broken links to malfunctioning exams.

An excellent Supervisor Refresher Course will help you:
  • Understand the most recent law changes and professional organizations’ codes of ethics
  • Develop a solid remediation plan for difficult supervisees that will enhance their development and protect your license
  • Implement supervision interventions through a theory driven model
  • Work with any supervisee regardless of his or her level of skill development.
  • Utilize interventions and relationship dynamics to help guide supervisees towards a goal.
  • Engage supervisees in their own learning, career development, and professional identify development.
  • Feel confident and have fun supervising!

At Kate Walker Training we offer our Supervisor Refresher Courses four times each year. Each course is divided into modules:

  • Module 1: Conceptualizing supervision, supervisor roles and responsibilities, supervision methods and techniques including group supervision
  • Module 2: Roles for supervision and standards of practice and organizing the supervision experience/executive and administrative tasks including plan, contract, time for supervision, record keeping, and reporting
  • Module 3: Authorized counseling methods and practice and experience requirements for internship: LPC and LMFT Codes/Ethics side by side
  • Module 4: Standards of practice managing critical incidents in supervision, ethical decision making model, ethical dilemmas and legal Issues
  • Module 5: Multicultural Competencies and Ethics, Evaluation in Supervision

The best part about our Supervision Refresher Courses?

They are packed full of information for non-supervisors too! Our Module 3 Side by Side is one of our most popular courses because we go over the most up-to-date information that all counselors need to know.

Signing up for a refresher course is easy

Step 1 – go to

Step 2 – Click the ‘Register’ button

Step 3 – Check the boxes for the modules you’d like to attend.
Whether you are a counselor supervisor or not, if you feel a calling to help even more people and you are ready to become an even greater asset to your profession and your community, then the Supervisor Refresher Course is for you. It’s intended to be fun and engaging but also stimulating and in-depth.

Come immerse yourself and invest in your future, your profession, and your world.

Remediation: It’s the Law

Supervising interns is one of the most powerful ways to impact your community and the counseling profession. With supervising, however, comes increased liability. In Texas, both LPC and LMFT codes specify that supervisors share and/or bear full responsibility for their supervisees’ actions and that can be intimidating. You may have a supervisee who resists your instruction or who lacks clinical skills. Maybe you discover that your supervisee is so anxious that he or she hides important information from you. These are scary situations that can impact your license. If you determine that your supervisee is struggling to meet the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, can you ‘fire’ them immediately? While every situation is different (and of course if you have a complicated case, consult your attorney) both licensing boards require a remediation plan first.

LPC (as of this writing):

681.93 (e) (4) If a supervisor determines that the LPC Intern may not have the counseling skills or competence to practice professional counseling under a regular license, the supervisor shall develop and implement a written plan for remediation of the LPC Intern.

LMFT (as of this writing):

801.143 (f) (4) If a supervisor determines that the LMFT Associate may not have the therapeutic skills or competence to practice marriage and family therapy under a regular license, the supervisor shall develop and implement a written plan for remediation of the LMFT Associate.

What does a good remediation plan contain?

  • Issues stated in terms of specific, observable, behaviors

You can’t remediate ‘attitude’ or ‘flaky,’ but you can remediate ‘has forgotten to bring case notes four times in the last two months,’ and ‘takes phone calls and answers texts during supervision.’

  • Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, trackable goals (SMART goals) with accountability dates
  1. Research the LPC and LMFT rules regarding intern and supervisor liability and write a one page paper – Due March 3, 2016
  2. Attend supervision one extra hour each week (at the supervisee’s expense) for a total of eight hours for the month of March – Due March 31, 2016
  3. Refrain from cell phone use completely during supervision – Due immediately
  • A ‘strike 2’ clause if the intern struggles to complete the assignments by the specified due dates
  • A paragraph stating that failure to complete the initial and ‘strike 2’ remediation assigments will result in termination of the supervision relationship

It is important to mention here that there are preemptive steps to remediation. Supervisors who have contracts that are unclear or an evaluation process that is sporadic or missing altogether will experience issues with communication, skill building, and the supervisory relationship. Before you remediate, ask yourself:

  • Did I teach the issues that I am trying to remediate?
  • Did I lay the foundation for our supervisory relationship in our supervision contract?
  • Do I regularly evaluate my supervisees so I can establish teaching/learning objectives in a meaningful way?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’ or ‘I’m not sure,’ please consider revisiting those items before you begin supervising or take on your next supervisee. Remember, your license is on the line!