21 NCAC 54 .2001             SUPERVISOR

(a)  Except as provided in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, the following individuals shall be recognized as appropriate contract supervisors for individuals requiring supervision to practice psychology:

(1)           a licensed psychologist, permanent;

(2)           any person who was in a psychology position with the State of North Carolina on December 31, 1979, and who is still so employed, provided that such supervision is, and was on December 31, 1979, within the psychologist's regular job description and is only for activities which are part of the regular duties and responsibilities of the supervisee within his or her regular position at a State agency or department;

(3)           a doctoral level licensed psychologist who is licensed in the jurisdiction where the supervisee is practicing  psychology; or

(4)           a licensed psychological associate as provided for in Rule .2005 in this Section.

(b)  The Board may disapprove an otherwise qualified supervisor for the following reasons:

(1)           evidence that the supervisor is not competent or qualified to supervise the supervisee;

(2)           evidence that the supervisor has failed to adhere to legal or ethical standards;

(3)           evidence that there is a lack of congruence between the supervisor's training, experience, and area of practice and the supervisee's proposed area(s) of practice; or

(4)           evidence that the supervisor has a license against which disciplinary or remedial action has been taken.

(c)  Each supervisor shall:

(1)           carefully assess his or her own ability to meet the supervisory needs of potential supervisees;

(2)           offer and provide supervision only within the supervisor's own area(s) of competence and assure that the professional expertise and experience of the supervisor shall be congruent with the practice of the supervisee;

(3)           enter into a written agreement with the supervisee on a Board adopted supervision contract form which details the supervisee's obligations as well as the supervisor's responsibilities to the supervisee;

(4)           direct the supervisee to practice psychology only within areas for which he or she shall be qualified by education, training, or supervised experience;

(5)           establish and maintain a level of supervisory contact consistent with established professional standards and be accessible to the supervisee;

(6)           direct the supervisee to keep the supervisor informed of services performed by the supervisee;

(7)           advise the Board if the supervisor has reason to believe that the supervisee is practicing in a manner which indicates that ethical or legal violations have been committed;

(8)           maintain a clear and accurate record of supervision with a supervisee which documents the following:

(A)          dates and appointment times of each supervision session, including the length of time of each session;

(B)          summary content of each session including treatment issues addressed, concerns identified by the supervisor and supervisee, recommendations of the supervisor, and intended outcome for recommendations of the supervisor; and

(C)          fees charged, if any, to the supervisee for supervision; Except when prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond the supervisor's control, the supervisor shall retain securely and confidentially the records reflecting supervision with a supervisee for at least seven years from the date of the last session of supervision with a supervisee.  If there are pending legal or ethical matters or if there is otherwise any other compelling circumstance, the supervisor shall retain the complete record of supervision securely and confidentially for an indefinite period of time.

(9)           report on the required form to the Board that agreed upon supervision has occurred; and

(10)         file a final supervision report within two weeks of termination of supervision.

(d)  To maintain the professional nature of the supervision, a familial or strongly personal relationship shall not exist between the supervisor and supervisee, except in extraordinary circumstances, such as the lack of availability of any other qualified supervisor.  In such cases, the Board shall require documentation that no other supervision is available and reference letters from colleagues commenting on the appropriateness of the proposed supervisory relationship.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-270.5; 90‑270.9;

Eff. September 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1997; October 1, 1991; March 1, 1989.