Best Mental Health Clinical Supervision Practices

Clinical supervision should be valued within the context of the culture of the organization, which is crucial in setting the tone, values and behaviors expected of individuals. 

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It should sit alongside good practices in recruitment, induction and training to ensure that staff have the right skills, attitudes and support to provide high quality services.

Clinical supervision has been associated with higher levels of job satisfaction, improved retention, reduced turnover and staff effectiveness. Effective clinical supervision may increase employees’ perceptions of organizational support and improve their commitment to an organization’s vision and goals.

Moreover, clinical supervision has been linked to good clinical governance, by helping to support quality improvement, managing risks, and by increasing accountability.

Administrative Benefits

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Enables organizations to measure the quality of services.

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Ensures that employees follow agency policies and procedures

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Employees comply with regulatory accreditation standards

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Promotes the mission, values, and goals of the organization.

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Provides administrators with tools to evaluate job performance

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Maintain communication between administrators and counselors.

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Facilitate conflict resolution, and hold personnel accountable for quality job performance.

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Risk management tool that increases an organization’s ability to respond to risk, thereby reducing overall liability.

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Addresses human resource issues, including staff satisfaction and retention of personnel.

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Provides marketing benefits by improving the overall reputation of the agency in the community and among other service providers

Clinical Services Benefits

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Improve quality client care.

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Helps staff understand and respond more effectively to all types of clinical situations and prevent clinical crises from escalating.

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It specifically addresses assessment, case conceptualization, treatment strategies, and discharge planning.

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Aids in addressing the unique needs of each client.

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Ensure that clinical directives are followed and facilitates the implementation and improvement of evidence based practices (EBPs).

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Enhances the cultural competence of an organization.

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Encourages supervisees to examine their views regarding culture, race, values religion, gender, sexual orientation, and potential biases.

Professional Development Benefits

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Increase staff retention through professional skills development and increased competency.

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Provides the forum for expanding current clinical practices, intellectual stimulation, emotional support, and improvement in critical thinking.

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It supports staff in obtaining and maintaining professional credentials.

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Provides information and guidance about key contextual factors that may influence work performance such as culture, lifestyles, and beliefs.

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