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Rules for Supervision - Post-masters
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(1) Professional Counselor’s Supervision. A supervisor providing supervision on or after January 31, 2013 must comply with the following requirements:

(a) Experience – Supervisors must have been licensed at least five (5) years as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist, Licensed Psychologist with Health Service Provider designation, Licensed Senior Psychological Examiner, Licensed Psychiatrist, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

(b) Supervisors for applicants pursuing designation as Mental Health Service Provider shall be currently Licensed Professional Counselors with Mental Health Service Provider designation or equivalent, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Psychiatrists, Licensed Senior Psychological Examiners, or Licensed Psychologists with Health Service Provider designation, who have been licensed at least five (5) years and who are in good standing with their respective licensing boards and professional associations. A Licensed Professional Counselor without Mental Health Service Provider designation shall not supervise an applicant working toward the Mental Health Service Provider designation.

(c) For the purpose of mental health service provider designation, of the hundred and fifty (150) contact hours of supervision required, seventy-five (75) shall be conducted by a supervisor with Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation.

(d) Ethics – Supervisors shall comply with Section F of the current code of ethics adopted by the American Counseling Association, except to the extent that it conflicts with the laws of the State of Tennessee or the rules of the Board. If the code of ethics conflicts with state law or rules, the state law or rules govern the matter. Violation of the code of ethics or state law or rules may subject a licensee or certificate holder to disciplinary action. Supervisors may also reference the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Ethical Guidelines for Counseling Supervisors.

(e) Training – Supervisors shall provide documentation of the successful completion of one or more of the following:

1. A passing grade at an accredited college or university in an academic course specific to supervision of counselors

2. Supervision certification by one, or more, of the following professional associations:

(i) AAMFT – Approved Supervisor;

(ii) AAPC – Approved Supervisor;

(iii) NBCC – Approved Clinical Supervisor; or

(iv) Any other organization designated by the Board to provide supervisor qualification verification

3. Documentation of twelve (12) contact hours related to counseling supervision and other related supervision topics. Contact hours must be provided by an approved professional association or approved by a counseling related credentialing organization (e.g., NBCC).

(f) Continuing Education Units - Three (3) clock hours of the ten (10) clock hour requirement shall, every two (2) years, pertain to counseling supervision or related supervision topics.

(2) All supervisors providing supervision starting before January 31, 2013 for LPC or LPC/MHSP candidates will be approved to continue providing supervision to those individuals according to the requirements of the former Rule 0450-01-.10. Supervisors providing supervision starting on or after January 31, 2013 must comply with the above requirements. All supervisors shall comply with subparagraphs (1)(d) and (1)(f) regardless of the date they start providing supervision.

(3) Approved supervisors - The applicant shall be responsible for submitting evidence at the time the application is submitted that the supervisor meets the rules of the board for eligibility.

(4) Conflict of Interest Supervision - Supervision provided by the applicant’s parent, spouse, former spouse, siblings, children, cousins, in-laws, (present or former), aunts, uncles, grandparents, grandchildren, step-children, employees, or anyone sharing the same household shall not be acceptable toward fulfillment of licensure requirements. For the purposes of this rule, a supervisor shall not be considered an employee of the applicant, if the only compensation received by the supervisor consists of payment for actual supervisory hours.

(5) Upon completion of the post-masters supervision requirement, pursuant to 0450-01-.04, the applicant must continue in supervision until a receipt of a license to practice as a Professional Counselor. Such post-supervision may be less intense and/or less frequent than the postmasters supervision experience, depending on the supervisor’s judgment.

(6) For the purpose of mental health service provider designation pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-22-150, one hundred and fifty (150) contact hours of supervision, of which no more than fifty (50) hours may be in a group setting, is required for licensure as a professional counselor with mental health service provider designation.

(a) The post-masters supervised experience must consist of a minimum of three thousand (3000) hours of direct clinical experience which is completed under supervision and which is completed no sooner than two (2) years nor more than four (4) years following the beginning of supervised clinical practice.

1. One thousand and five hundred (1500) of the three thousand (3000) hours of supervised post-masters professional experience shall be face-to-face client contact hours.

2. One thousand and five hundred (1500) of the three thousand (3000) hours of supervised post-masters professional experience shall be clinically-related activities.

(b) The ration of supervision time to direct client contact should be sufficient to ensure adequate learning. The minimum requirements are one hour per week of direct, individual, formal contact with a qualified individual who is responsible for the clinical education, development and guidance of the supervisee. Excluded are classwork, practicum experience, or other course-related experiences taken in pursuit of the required 60 semester hour master’s degree.

(c) The supervision must be for the direct provision of mental health services by the applicant to individuals or groups of clients. An applicant’s own personal growth experience, i.e., personal therapy or encounter-type groups, is not acceptable. Supervision of others is not acceptable.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-22-102 63-22-104, 63-22-107, 63-22-117, 63-22-120, and Public Chapter 318, Acts of 1995. Administrative History: Original rule filed April 29, 1992; effective June 13, 1992. Amendment filed June 10, 1994; effective October 28, 1994. Amendment filed October 18, 1995; effective January 1, 1996. Amendment filed April 16, 1996; effective June 30, 1996. Amendment filed August 16, 2002; effective October 30, 2002. Amendment filed October 30, 2002; effective January 13, 2003. Amendment filed July 21, 2004; effective October 4, 2004. Amendment filed November 26, 2008; effective February 9, 2009. Amendment filed October 25, 2012; effective January 23, 2013.

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