Navigating licensing boards and LPC supervision sounds complex, but it doesn't have to be! Today we are venturing into the realm of rules and regulations. As always, I'm here to guide you through with solutions to those seemingly scary situations. Whether you're in rural or urban areas of Texas, understanding the nuances of professional licensing is crucial. Our community needs you, and it's important that you don't get lost in the maze of regulations.
TCCBB #59 The Unsaid Truths of Supervision: Complaints, Remediation and Regulations
The Reality of Licensing Boards and LPC Supervision
The first thing to understand is that the folks on the Texas LPC board are volunteers. They devote their time to reading extensive documents, attending meetings, and participating in subcommittees. Their commitment is what upholds the integrity of our licenses. Our license is more than a formal permission; it's a seal of professionalism, backed by a board, a set of rules, and a complaint process to protect the public. Unlike a mere certification, a license is a testament to your credibility and skill. And it is the duty of our licensing board to uphold the integrity of our licenses and ensure we remain committed to preserving the profession.
The rules review process is another aspect that's less intimidating than it seems. It is an opportunity to have our voices heard. When new rules are proposed, they often originate from licensees themselves. Plus, there's a 30-day period for us, the licensees, to comment. Rest assured; every comment is considered before the board finalizes a rule.
Our boards also provide real-time engagement. The board's ‘Lunch and Learns' are a fantastic way to stay connected. They're virtual sessions where you can earn CE credits, ask questions, and receive answers in real-time. It's a collaborative environment involving board members, staff, and attorneys.
Holding Your Hours Hostage
Due to the complexities of supervisee relationships, a prevalent challenge we often encounter is the tendency of supervisees to switch supervisors frequently sometimes in an effort to bypass essential remediation plans. I like to call this supervisor hopping. This pattern of jumping from one supervisor to the next not only disrupts the continuity of their professional development but also sidesteps the fundamental purpose of remediation. It's crucial to remember that remediation is a teaching tool not a punishment. It's a proactive approach focusing on identifying growth areas and skill enhancement opportunities.
Orientation, Evaluation, Remediation: The Triad of Success
When supervisees fail to meet expectations, it's crucial to have a formal remediation plan in place before considering termination. Supervisors should formally document this plan and specific, and address areas of improvement. Unfortunately supervisors often skip this step and this results in unnecessary conflicts.
To avoid the pitfalls of remediation, focus on the ‘Orientation, Evaluation, Remediation' triad. This approach ensures clarity and collaboration from the onset and prevents a rapture in the relationship. When supervisors clearly define expectations from the beginning, both supervisor and supervisee are better equipped to maintain the integrity of the supervisory relationship.
I'll share a personal story about a complaint filed against me by a supervisee I had to terminate. It was a tough, lengthy process but it taught me the importance of having a structured remediation plan and maintaining open communication. It's about being proactive, rather than reactive.
To wrap it up, the world of rules and regulations in professional licensing can be daunting, but it's far from being an impossible challenge. By understanding the processes, engaging in communication, and establishing clear plans, you can navigate this landscape confidently. Remember, you're not alone in this journey. As your guide, I'm here to help you leave your mark in the world of professional counseling.
Blog post by Kate Walker Ph.D. LPC/LMFT Supervisor in Texas
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