Who is a "Qualified Supervisor"? - DCA 13:34-10.2 and 13:34-13.1
A “qualified supervisor” is an individual who holds a clinical license (i.e., LPC) to provide mental health counseling services for a minimum of two years
(obtaining at least 3,000 hours work experience subsequent to holding the license in a minimum of 2 years but no more than 6 years) in the state where the services are being provided
(see our FAQ Question Section for a complete analysis/interpretation of this), and who has met one (or more) of the following:
Defining Parameters of Clinical Supervision - DCA 13:34-10.2
- 13:34-10.2 - A clinical supervisor’s certificate from the National Board for Certified Counselors Center for Credentialing and Education or its
successor, or the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or its successor.
- 13:34-13.1 - On or after October 5, 2011 shall hold an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential from the Center for Credentialing and Education of
the NBCC or an equivalent clinical supervisor credential recognized by individual’s respective healthcare licensing board. NOTE:
point's 1 and 2 are essentially saying the same thing, however, in 13:34-13.1 the addition of "an equivalent clinical supervisor credential ..." is added.
- Completed a minimum of three graduate credits in clinical supervision from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
NOTE: The DCA Committee will not accept your application to supervise an LAC
if you do not already have your ACS (or 3 graduate credits in clinical supervision). If you have not already acquired 100 hours of supervising others, you have to gain your 100 hours with a
supervisee other than an LAC (such as an unlicensed professional, a master's level student intern, or another LPC).
‘ “Supervision” or “supervised” means the weekly interaction with a qualified supervisor who monitors the performance of the licensed associate counselor and
provides weekly, documented, face-to-face consultation, guidance and instruction with respect to the counseling skills and competencies of the LAC, which includes at
least 50 hours of face-to-face supervision per one calendar year, at the rate of one hour per week, of which not more than 10 hours may be group supervision.’
‘ “Direct supervision” means the ongoing process of supervision by a qualified supervisor who is immediately available (either in person, or by electronic means of
communication and is available to engage in a dialog with the supervisee to provide guidance and direction).'
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Supervisor Responsibilities & Standards - DCA 13:34-13.1
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- A qualified supervisor shall be responsible for creating a written supervision plan with the LAC. The supervision plan shall outline:
- Work setting
- LAC’s job description
- Nature of LACs duties and qualifications
- Nature of supervisor’s duties and qualifications
The written supervision plan shall be approved by the Committee prior to the performance of counseling by the LAC. Click here for a sample
written agreement that must be sent to the DCA committee for approval prior to the clinical supervision taking place.
The DCA Committee also requires they are aware of this supervisory relationship in writing, which is done by submitting the
Proposed Plan of Supervised Counseling Experience to them (in which you will
attach your vita and your written supervision plan).
- A qualified supervisor shall perform and document the following activities with the LAC. The supervisor shall perform at least one of the following activities with the LAC:
- Work as co-counselor with the LAC
- Observe the LAC’s sessions with clients
- View videotapes of the LAC ‘s session with clients
- Listen to audiotapes of the LAC’s session with clients
- The supervisor shall perform at least one of the following activities with the LAC:
- React to case presentations given by the LAC
- Conduct role-playing sessions with the LAC
- The supervisor shall perform all of the following activities with the LAC:
- Engage in problem-solving discussions with the LAC concerning individual clients
- Enter into problem-solving discussions concerning the LAC’s own problems that affect the LAC’s work with clients
- Offer feedback to the LAC concerning specific interventions utilized with clients
- Offer feedback to the LAC concerning the LAC’s personal qualities as they affect work with clients
- Offer feedback to the LAC concerning the supervision experience
- A qualified supervisor shall maintain all documentation with respect to the supervision provided to LAC’s for a minimum of 3 years.
A qualified supervisor shall attest to compliance with the supervision requirements of these regulations by completing all forms provided by the Committee.
- A qualified supervisor shall not supervise more than a total of six (6) mental health counselors at any one time. NOTE: 13:34-10.2 -
“Group supervision” means the ongoing process of supervising no more than six (6) mental health counselors at one time in a group setting by a qualified supervisor.
- Prior to an LAC’s commencement of client treatment, the supervisor shall obtain a written disclosure, which shall be signed by the client and retained as part of the client record,
acknowledging that the client has been informed that services are being by an associate counselor under the supervision of a professional counselor or a qualified supervisor
as defined in N.J.A.C. 13:34-10.2. If part of another document, it must be easily readable, clearly understood, signed by the client and retained as part of the client record.
Click here for a sample of a written disclosure form.
- A qualified supervisor shall retain full professional responsibility for collecting fees from clients.
- A qualified supervisor shall be responsible for knowing the name and either the diagnosis or the nature of the problem of each client being treated by the LAC.
A supervisor shall be ultimately responsible for the welfare of the client with respect to the treatment being rendered by the LAC.
- A qualified supervisor shall ensure that the LAC maintains, on an annual basis until the LAC is licensed as an LPC, documentation of supervised experience, using the forms
provided by the Committee for that purpose. The supervisor shall attest to compliance with the standards set for in these regulations and shall indicate the hours and dates
during which the LAC has been under supervision, the nature of the cases assigned and the proficiency rating earned by the LAC.
- A qualified supervisor shall supervisor only in areas for which he/she possesses the requisite skills, training and experience.
- A qualified supervisor shall not supervise an individual with whom supervisor has a relationship that may compromise the objectivity
of the supervisor or impair the professional judgment of the supervisor (e.g., current and former clients, current employers, relatives of the supervisor, and
immediate relatives of current clients, current students or close friends).
Licensed Associate Counselor Supervisee Responsibilities - DCA 13:34-13.2
In supervision, there are also some responsibilities for the Licensed Associate Counselor, regarding the supervisory relationship. They are as follows:
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- The licensed associate counselor shall maintain documentation of supervised experience for each 52 week period of supervised experience until the licensed associate counselor is licensed as a professional counselor.
(NOTE: This can be done by keeping a log and completing this required DCA Committee
Documentation of Supervised Counseling Experience form.)
- A licensed associate counselor shall not engage in practice under supervision in any area for which the licensed associate counselor has not had appropriate education and training.
- A licensed associate counselor may not engage in unsupervised or independent practice.
- A licensed associate counselor shall not receive a professional fee from a client. A licensed associate counselor may be compensated only through the supervisor or employing entity.
- A licensed associate counselor shall not advertise professional services/
LPC Supervision FAQ Section
Q: The current regulation states that you must have 2 years post LICENSE to supervise. Does the new regulation state that you only need
your ACS, or that you need your ACS AND 2 years post license? Please advise.
A: The interpretation of the LPC supervision regulations are as follows to this great question: you need 2 years (3,000 hours) post LPC to be able to supervise, and your ACS (or equivalent). The
LPC committee also ruled in March, 2011 that a qualified LPC can supervise without the ACS while accumulating the 100 hours of supervised supervision required by the CCE to obtain the ACS.
The ACS, being a national credential, only requires 3 years post masters, so you could technically have your ACS before you’re eligible to supervise by our licensure standards.
Unfortunately our licensure standards aren’t crystal clear on this interpretation (2 years post LPC to be able to supervise), and you kind of have to do a treasure hunt to come up with the answer.
The licensure regulations don’t state that you need 2 years (3,000 hours) post LPC to supervise. They state: “The individual shall have obtained 3,000 hours work experience subsequent to holding a
clinical license to provide mental health counseling services. The 3,000 hours shall have been obtained over a minimum of two years, but no more than six years”
(13:34-13.1 (a) 1). In the definitions section of our regulations (13:34-10.2) the licensure regulations don’t define if an
LAC is or is not eligible to fit under the definition of “holding a clinical licensure to provide mental health counseling services,” as they certainly do hold a licensure and are able to
provide mental health counseling services under supervision. This lack of direct clarity can cause the confusion of: "Is it 2 years (3,000 hours) post LPC or 2 years (3,000 hours) post LAC?"
The answer to this question is found at 13:34-10.3 (c) which states: “An independent practice shall be owned and operated by a licensed professional counselor
or a licensed healthcare professional that holds a clinical license to provide mental health counseling services.” This is interpreted as our licensure stating that only an LPC, not an LAC, fits the definition of
“holding a clinical license to provide mental health counseling”.
Therefore it is our interpretation the ability to supervise can only occur after 2 years (3,000 hours) post LPC, and as of October 5, 2011, you will
need 2 years (3,000 hours) post LPC and your ACS or equivalent (for the definition of "or equivalent" please read the "Who is a Qualified Supervisor" section, number 2).
Again, the LPC committee also ruled in March, 2011 that a qualified LPC can supervise without the ACS while accumulating the 100 hours of supervised supervision required by the CCE to obtain the ACS.
Q: If I don't have my ACS yet, but I am working towards the 100 hours of supervised supervision required to obtain my ACS, can I supervise an LAC?
A: On May 2, 2013 the LPC committee made the following statement. An LPC WITHOUT an ACS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMITTEE to supervise an LAC as long as the LPC is following the
guidelines of ACS. Thus if the LPC is gaining their 100 hours supervising others with a qualified supervisor of their own, and have (or will be) taking the 30 hours of
clinical supervision training, and submit all the proper documentation to the committee (filled out proposed plan of supervised experience,
supervisory contract with the LAC, resume of LPC, LPC's supervisor and LAC), then the committee will consider the application of the LPC.
Information from this article was gathered from the following source
- NJ-DCA LPC/LAC Regulations - LPC/LAC Regulations from the Division of Consumer Affairs.
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