Many of you already know that online supervision can be more easily accessible and convenient for both parties than traditional, in-person supervision, but here are a few other benefits you might not have thought of yet:
Online supervision allows for established therapists to acquire secondary credentialing in more specialized practice areas, such as play therapy, sex addiction certification, or eating disorders. New clinicians often need additional supervision to niche or maintain a standard of professional competence.
The ACA Code of Ethics specifically states that clinicians should only branch out into new specialties after appropriate supervision, as well as education and training. As an example, perhaps supporting the LBGTQIA population is important to you and you begin working with a transgender client who has struggled to find a therapist due to a lack of resources; rather than turn them away because of you of competency or experience, you could seek out a supervisor for support and provide a service for a population in need.
Video conferencing provides the ability to play video or screenshare case notes or treatment plans with ease. Plus, with Motivo, you can rest assured that you are still operating in compliance with HIPAA, an ethical necessity when preserving client confidentiality.
Having a place like supervision to share feelings and emotions helps combat burnout and provides space to process difficult cases. We often focus on how much new therapists need support, but just as importantly, experienced therapists need outlets as well. Digital platforms allow seasoned therapists to meet more often and easily, maintaining professional connections, support and preserving a sense of camaraderie.
For more about burnout, check out “3 Signs of Burnout and What to Do.”
Whether you are a new therapist seeking supervision as a licensure requirement, or a licensed professional who wants to protect against burnout, online supervision and technological advancements make it easier to connect to each other and find support.
Are you a supervisor looking to expand your supervision reach or a pre-licensed clinician looking for an affordable, quality supervisor? We’re here to help! To find out more, please send us your contact information online or email CEO/Founder, Rachel McCrickard at email@example.com.
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