Adoptions Services Bureau L.C.S.W. Supervisor Training for BBSE requirement Presented by: Joseph Randazzo, Ph. D., L.C.S.W. California Institute on Human Services. Sonoma State University 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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“Supervision is the relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee that promotes the development of responsibility, skill, knowledge, attitudes, and ethical standards in the practice of clinical social work. The priority in the supervision process is accountability for client care within the parameters and ethical standards of the social work profession.”
National Association of Social Workers, 1994
I am supervising L.C.S.W associates. How many hours of supervision training am I required to obtain?
Effective January 1, 2001, you will need to have completed fifteen (15) contact hours in supervision training obtained from a state agency or approved continuing education provider. This training may apply towards the continuing education requirements.
I am supervising interns, trainees and associates. Will I need both 6 hours of supervision training for interns and 15 hours of supervision training for associates?
No. You are only required to obtain 15 contact hours in supervision training. The 6 hours required for supervising interns can be included in the 15 hours. However, if you continue to supervise interns you will need 6 hours of training every two years.
Will I be required to submit proof of completion of this training?
No. However, upon written request of the board, the supervisor shall provide to the board any documentation which verifies the supervisor's compliance with the requirements.
Supervisors of interns: Can coursework taken prior to January 1, 2000 count?
Yes. Coursework completed between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 1999 may apply.
Supervisors of associates: Can coursework taken prior to January 1, 2001 count?
Yes. Coursework completed after January1, 1999 may apply.
When can I begin accruing hours of post-master’s experience?
Hours of experience will begin to count as of the issuance date listed on your associate registration certificate.
When can I begin working in a private practice?
You cannot begin work in a private practice until your registration has been issued.
How long may I retain my registration status?
A registration may be renewed annually after initial registration for a maximum of six years. If you have not completed your 24 months and 3,200 hours of supervised experience for the licensure requirements during the six year registration period you may apply for an associate registration extension. Failure to obtain an extension before your registration expires will result in your registration being permanently expired and it will not be renewed. However, you must apply for a new registration number if you meet all current requirements.
Can I be paid while I’m earning my yours?
Yes. However, employed associates must be paid on a W-2 basis. Associates who work as independent contractors (receive 1099 instead of W-2 form) will not be able to count hours toward licensure.
Can I receive pay directly from clients?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. The client must pay your employer.
Am I required to submit the Employment Notification Form when I begin or end employment sites?
The employment notification/termination form is required only if you are employed in a private practice. DO NOT submit this form for settings other than private practice.
How many years do I have in which to obtain my hours?
All hours of experience must be gained within a six year period which is determined once the Board receives your L.C.S.W. examination application . From the date the Board receives your examination application, we count back six years.
How much supervision am I required to have?
You must have at least one hour of direct fact-to-face supervision for each week of experience claimed. Of the 24 months and 3,200 hours required, no more than 1,600 hours can be group supervision.
How many hours must be gained under the supervision of a L.C.S.W?
A minimum of 2,200 hours.
How many hours of group supervision am I required to have?
You are not required to have group supervision.
If I am receiving supervision from a person who is not employed by my employer, what must the written contract consist of?
The contract shall include the responsibilities of the supervisor, employer, and associate. These contracts shall be submitted to the board with your experience verification form at the time you apply for licensure.
Who may supervise me other than a L.C.S.W.?
A licensed mental health professional acceptable to the Board is one who, at the time of supervision, has possessed for at least two years a valid license as a psychotherapist, marriage, family, and child counselor, or physician certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. This does not include “board eligible” psychiatrists. They must possess full certification. A maximum of 1,000 hours may be obtained under these professionals.
(Loganbill, Hardy, & Delworth, 1982)
On your card is written one half of a “Famous Pair.” Go around the room and find your “other half.”
With your partner, role-play a first-time supervisor/supervisee meeting in which the supervisor begins to build rapport.
Hogan notes these levels are not discrete or mutually exclusive.
This model stresses the importance of the training environment in enhancing stage to stage advancement.
1. Issues of competence (skills and techniques)
2. Issues of emotional awareness (knowing one’s self and emotions)
3. Issues of autonomy (self-directedness)
4. Issues of identity (theoretical consistency and conceptual integration)
5. Issues of respect for individual differences (being tolerant & non-judgmental of others)
6. Issues of purpose and direction (structuring therapeutic direction & goals)
7. Issues of personal motivation (satisfaction & personal meanings being a therapist)
8. Issues of professional ethics (values)
1. Business and Professions (B&P) Code Section 4996.18 States, in part, “Any person who wishes to be credited with experience towards the licensure requirements shall apply to the board for registration as an associate clinical social worker prior to obtaining that experience.”
The registration is renewed yearly for up to six years. A registration extension is granted upon application yearly for up to three years. The extension must be applied for prior to the expiration of current registration and prior to each yearly expiration.
2. Effective January 1, 1999, B&P Code Section 4996.21 requires registered associates to have a total of 3,200 hours of post master’s experience consisting of 1) a minimum of 2,000 hours of experience in psychosocial diagnosis, assessment, and treatment, including psychotherapy and counseling, and 2) a maximum of 1,200 hours of client-centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation, and research.
3. Associates will be required to receive at least one hour of direct supervisor contact for every 10 hours of client contact in each setting where experience is gained. A supervisory plan must be developed describing the goals and objectives of supervision. This plan must be submitted to the registrant of the Board within 30 days of supervision commencement.
4. Experience must be gained in not less than two nor more than six years as a registered associate. When a registrant applies for the licensing exams, the Board is able to count supervised experience back six years from the date an application for licensure is filed.
5. Applicants approved for the examinations must participate in an exam at least once a year in order to keep their file active. Once they are in the examination cycle, BBSE law only requires that they stay registered as an associate clinical social worker if they are employed in a private practice. If employed in any other setting, they are not required by BBSE to keep their registration current. However, some employers may require registration as a condition of employment, so the matter should be discussed further with them.
1. A trainee is an unlicensed person who is currently enrolled in a qualifying master’s or doctor’s degree program and has completed no less than 12 semester or 18 quarter units of course work.
2. A person who enrolled in their degree program prior to January 1, 1990 or after January 1, 1994 was not required to register as a trainee. As of January 1, 1994, pre-degree hours of experience may be accrued after finishing of 12 semester or 18 quarter units of course work.
3. A person who enrolled after January 1, 1990 or prior to December 31, 1993 was required to register as a trainee in order to begin accruing pre-degree hours of experience.
4. Unregistered Trainees: The Supervisor Responsibility Statement (SRS) must be signed by each supervisor, retained by the trainee and submitted with the intern registration application.
5. Registered Trainees: The SRS shall be submitted upon application for intern registration.
6. Allowable work settings are defined in Business and Professions (B&P) Code Section 4980.40(e).
7. B&P Code Section 4980.42(b) states, in part, that as of January 1, 1995, all hours of experience gained as a trainee shall be coordinated between the school and the site where the hours are being accrued. The school shall approve each site and shall have a written agreement with each site that details each party’s responsibilities, including the methods by which supervision shall be provided.
8. For students who enroll in a qualifying degree program on or after January 1, 1995, the practicum shall include a minimum of 150 hours of face-to-face experience counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups.
To obtain additional information regarding trainees, contact BBSE at (916) 445-4933
1. S.B.1 1983 brings on changes regarding the supervised experience for Associate Social Workers. It adds B&P Code Section 4996.21 and applies to those applying for registration on or after January 1, 1999 (If you submitted your associate application on or before December 31, 1998, this new section does not apply to you).
2. The new law does not redefine the types of services performed or what qualifies as supervision. However, it does require registrants to accrue a minimum of 2,000 hours of psychosocial diagnosis, assessment, and treatment, including psychotherapy and counseling. In addition, registrants may obtain a maximum of 1,200 hours in client-centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation, and research.
3. Along with the minimum/maximum requirements, registrants will be required to receive at least one hour of direct supervisor contact for every 10 hours of client contact in each setting where experience is gained. That is, they must be able to show at least one hour of individual supervision or two hours of group supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact. This ratio is not averaged over a one-week period, it is averaged over the duration of the setting.
Social Workers’ ethical responsibilities:
Break into groups of four or five people.
Read the scenarios given and discuss:
1. What ethical issues are involved?
2. Are there alternative actions for the situation?
3. Is there a “correct” course of action?
Prepared by the NASW Case Management Standards Work Group
Approved by the NASW Board of Directors, June 1992
The social work case manager shall have a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and shall possess the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to competently perform case management activities.
The social work case manager shall use his or her professional skills and competence to serve the client whose interests are of primary concern.
The social work case manager shall ensure that clients are involved in all phases of case management practice to the greatest extent possible.
The social work case manager shall ensure the client’s right to privacy and ensure appropriate confidentiality when information about the client is released to others….
The social work case manager shall intervene at the client level to provide and/or coordinate the delivery of direct services to clients and their families.
The social work case manager shall intervene at the service systems level to support existing case management services and to expand the supply of and improve access to needed services.
The social work case manager shall be knowledgeable about resource availability, service costs, and budgetary parameters and be fiscally responsible in carrying out all case management functions and activities.
The social work case manager shall participate in evaluative and quality assurance activities designed to monitor the appropriateness and effectiveness of both the service delivery system in which the case management operates as well as the case manager’s own case management services, and to otherwise ensure full professional accountability.
The social work case manager shall carry a reasonable caseload that allows the case manager to effectively plan, provide, and evaluate case management tasks related to client and system interventions.
The social work case manager shall treat colleagues with courtesy and respect and strive to enhance inter-professional, intra-professional, and interagency cooperation on behalf of the client.
Prepared by the NASW Provisional Council on Clinical Social Work
Approved by the NASW Board of Directors, June 1984, revised April 1989
Clinical social workers shall function in accordance with the ethics and the stated standards of the profession, including its accountability procedures.
Clinical social workers shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding of individuals, families, and groups, and of the therapeutic and preventive interventions.
Clinical social workers shall respond in a professional manner to all persons who seek their assistance.
Clinical social workers shall be knowledgeable about the services available in the community and make appropriate referrals for their clients.
Clinical social workers shall maintain their accessibility to clients.
Clinical social workers shall safeguard the confidential nature of the treatment relationship and of the information obtained within that relationship.
Clinical social workers shall maintain access to professional case consultation.
Clinical social workers shall establish and maintain professional offices and procedures.
Clinical social workers shall represent themselves to the public with accuracy.
Clinical social workers shall engage in the independent private practice of clinical social work only when qualified to do so.
Clinical social workers shall have the right to establish an independent private practice.
This model notes the analogy between supervisor/supervisee and therapist/client. When the therapist is “stuck” on a problem with a client, not knowing what to do, he or she may take on elements of the client’s role in the supervisee relationship. This process is noted to be generally unconscious. There are several possible dyads within the parallel process.
1. The therapist, in supervision, may act out like the client.
2. The supervisor may treat the therapist as s/he would like the client to be treated.
3. The therapist may treat the client the way the supervisor treats him/her.
4. The therapist may treat the client the way s/he would like the supervisor to treat him/her.
1. Supervisor - supervisee.
2. Supervisor - client
3. Supervisor - administrator
4. Supervisee - client
5. Supervisee - administrator
6. Administrator - client
While the relational model is being explored in psychodynamic supervision its implications have not been clearly elaborated on.
1. Find your partner from the earlier “famous pairs.”
2. Read the information sheet for your role as either,
A) Supervisee having problems, or
B) Supervisor observing the supervisee’s behavior.
3. Role-play a supervisor-supervisee meeting.
Supervisors: What signals is the supervisee giving? How do you respond?
Supervisees: How do the supervisor’s actions affect you?
2. Redefining the relationship
3. Reducing the supervisor’s power by capitalizing on lack of knowledge or exposure to the particular casework area
4. Steering session away from clinical weak points or areas of discomfort and/or talk about areas where the supervisee feels strong
“Tension, confusion, uncertainty, irritation, or even feelings of anger can pervade the sessions between supervisor and therapist. But these hard times can provide significant learning opportunities. That is, many problems can arise between supervisor and therapist that can turn out to be the essence of the teaching/learning process.”