Master of Arts in Community Counseling

Supervision

Supervision is an important component of the students’ practicum experience. An agency on-site supervisor will provide the student with one hour of weekly individual supervision on day-to-day activities (e.g., case management, scheduling, etc.) at their practicum/internship site. Triadic supervision can be substituted for individual supervision only when the on-site supervisor is unavailable because of illness or other emergency. Triadic supervision must not be used on a regular basis. A licensed faculty supervisor will meet with the practicum student one and one-half hours per week for supervision. At that time the supervisor will discuss theoretical and certain technical activities (e.g., reviewing recordings of counseling sessions, case reviews, etc.).

The on-site supervisor is required to have a minimum of a master’s in counseling or a related profession and to hold an active professional license. Students will be clearly notified of the licensure of the prospective site supervisor. Students who intend to become licensed outside Missouri are responsible for verifying whether the licensure requirements in that state allow an on-site supervisor to be a licensed mental health professional in a field other that counseling (e.g., Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Psychologist, etc.).

A wide range of methods may be employed to monitor practicum/internship objectives, including, but not limited to:

  • Purchasing liability insurance. For example, professional liability insurance is available from Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO): www.hpso.com for approximately $30.00 per year.
  • • Video or audio-taping
  • • Live observation
  • • Case conferences and program meetings