3 Essential Roadblocks to “Good” Supervision

clinical supervision roadblocks

Like good therapy itself, good clinical supervision is rooted in appropriate, thoughtful, ethical and theoretical considerations. It’s also based on more subjective elements, like trust and a strong therapeutic alliance between supervisor and supervisee. 

Here, we explore how to navigate three common roadblocks to good supervision as you move forward on your career journey. 

1. Good Supervision is Cost-Prohibitive.

Individual supervision can be expensive. One of the largest drawbacks, especially for new graduates, is the expense. Many new mental health clinicians have to pay an estimated $10,000-$30,000 in fees for supervision. It’s an amount that can be crippling for people who may have student loans or simply aren’t drawing a large salary at this point in their professional career. The mindset becomes one of “take what you can get,” which isn’t how most people want to approach their career growth. 

2. Supervisors are Difficult to Find

There are almost always challenges with finding an independent supervisor. Although a number of therapists provide supervision, it can often take some digging and outreach to find out if the supervisor is accepting new supervisees, what they charge and what their specialty is, not to mention trying to work out a regular time to meet between two professionals caseloads.

3. There’s a  Supervisor Shortage in Rural Areas

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 55% of U.S. counties, all rural, have no practicing mental health professionals. Sadly, these are many of the same counties that are consumed by the opioid epidemic, and in desperate need of more providers. With the rise of quality online education, more new therapists are graduating in these rural areas – a wonderful thing for the growth of the profession. But depending on the geographic location, it can be difficult to find supervisor in reasonable driving distance. 

The Detour Around the Roadblocks 

The rise of telesupervision is so important because it addresses these roadblocks and more. Scheduling, distance, price and even therapeutic and theoretical alliance are all areas that can be more easily accommodated for through Motivo’s network of pre-vetted, qualified supervisors. 

Are you a pre-licensed clinician facing roadblocks on your supervision search? To find out more about how Motivo can help connect you with an affordable, quality supervisor, please send us your contact information online.

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel is the CEO & Founder of Motivo, a HIPAA-compliant video platform connecting mental health therapists to the consultation hours needed for licensure. She's also a LMFT, and brings her years of experience as both a therapist and a supervisor to her vision for Motivo. She also is a huge fan of pizza and yoga, in that order.

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