21 NCAC 54 .2002             NATURE OF SUPERVISION

(a)  The nature of mandated supervision shall depend on the specific areas of practice, experience, and training germane to the area of specialty of the supervisee.  This supervision shall be the process to assure that an appropriate professional standard is being applied to the solution of a client's problem, and that the laws that govern the practice of psychology and the ethics that guide that practice are understood and followed.  The purpose of such Board mandated supervision shall not be for introductory training of the supervisee in additional skills, methods, or interventions, but may include enhancement and refinement of previously learned skills.  Supervision shall include consideration of the following areas:

(1)           ethical, legal, and professional standards;

(2)           technical skills and competency;

(3)           supervisee's utilization of supervision; and

(4)           supervisee's ability to function independently or with reduced supervision.

(b)  Each supervisee shall:

(1)           attend scheduled supervision sessions;

(2)           provide the supervisor with a disclosure of psychological services being offered or rendered by the supervisee;

(3)           cooperate with the supervisor to assure that all conditions in Paragraph (c) of Rule .2001 of this Section are met;

(4)           provide the supervisor with information necessary for the supervisor to advise the supervisee on cases giving rise to professional, ethical, and legal concerns;

(5)           notify the Board if he or she has reason to believe that the supervisor has behaved in a manner which shall indicate that the supervisor has committed an ethical or legal violation; and

(6)           file a revised supervision contract form within 30 days of a change in the conditions specified in the supervision contract form on file with the Board.

(c)  The supervisee and supervisor shall determine jointly the nature and extent of notification to clients or patients of the supervisory process (e.g., clinical information may be discussed with the supervisor or the means by which the supervisor may be contacted) and which cases, issues, and techniques are appropriate and necessary for supervision.  Specific supervision shall not be mandated by the Board for each person evaluated or treated, or for every treatment, evaluative technique, or professional activity undertaken.  Contract supervisors shall not be required to sign or co‑sign reports, treatment plans, letters, or other clinical documents for which the supervisee shall be responsible; neither shall it be necessary that such clinical documents reflect the supervisory process.  Agencies shall not be precluded from requiring supervisor signatures or co‑signatures.


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.