Supervision Policies, Disclosure, & Consent
- Dr. James Michael Nolan
- Supervision Policies, Disclosure, & Consent
James Michael Nolan
Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
546 Harkle Rd, Suite B
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
Supervision Consent, Disclosure & Contract
I am pleased to have the opportunity and honor to serve as your Clinical Supervisor. This document is intended to inform you of my credentials, experience, policies, and expectations for supervision.
I earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University, and am, licensed as a Psychologist in the State of New Mexico (previously also in Ohio, Florida, and Texas.) I have thirty years of experience as a Psychologist, and twenty-seven as a clinical supervisor. My theoretical orientations integrates cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, positive psychology, and New Thought elements and sensibilities.
I am able to provide supervision in adolescent, adult, family and couples cases, and related areas.
In addition to two graduate courses in clinical supervision, I completed a doctoral dissertation on supervision. I have provided clinical supervision to trainees in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, and Psychiatry since 1988.
Recently, in 2015, I completed a certificate training in clinical supervision with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am currently pursuing my credential as an “Approved Clinical Supervisor” through the Center for Credentialing & Education.
Approach to Supervision
Clinical Supervision (and I am distinguishing this from “Administrative Supervision”) is designed to assist you in improving your clinical skills, case conceptualization skills, personal growth, and professional identity. The goal, of course, is for you to become the best clinician you can be, and to work toward continual improvement. It is also my ethical responsibility to monitor client care. As your supervisor, I will function in four roles during our sessions: teacher, consultant, counselor, and evaluator. I will support your choice of counseling theory and expose you to additional approaches as appropriate. You are expected to come to sessions prepared with a summary of your cases (see attached Case Tracking Form and Pre-Supervision Worksheet), and specific areas you would like to focus on in supervision. I will monitor your progress, and will bring in other relevant issues you do not identify, as they arise. We will meet for supervision for 1-2 hours, as agreed upon, depending on your clinical case load and professional development needs. You can expect to receive both constructive and supportive feedback in each session.
One of the key difference between counseling and supervision is that the supervisor serves in more of an Educator mode. As such, there is an element of evaluation of professional progress, which is not found in counseling, or psychotherapy, or art therapy. As supervisor, I will help you gain greater awareness of your strengths, areas that need development, and blind spots. The aim is for you to cultivate your skills in the spirit of ongoing improvement and clinical sophistication. To use the old metaphor, a supervisor does not give you the fish—they teach you to fish.
Evaluation of how we are meeting your goals will be an ongoing process. You will bring a list of your clients (again, see attached forms), and we will discuss your work with them. The focus can be case conceptualization, transference and countertransference, themes that are coming up for you, areas of confidence and doubt, and/or personal issues that are relevant to the work you are doing.
I will review assessments and case notes, and if possible review audio or videotape.
We will set goals, and identify areas for special focus. I will document our supervision for content and hours. At appropriate times, I will sign off on or submit paperwork to support your licensure or credentialing, and you will receive copies for your own records. This documentation is extraordinarily important to keep. (Just recently, in 2015, I was required to produce signed documents of my post-doctoral supervision from 1989-1990. Fortunately, I was able to track down my supervisor, but that may not always be possible. KEEP GOOD RECORDS!
Ethics and Legal Issues
As you well know, you are bound to keep the confidentiality of your clients. The general limits of confidentiality are when harm to self or others is threatened, when the abuse of children, elders or disabled persons is suspected, and in cases when the court compels the mental health professional to testify and break confidentiality. These are generally accepted limits to confidentiality and privileged communication, but they may be modified by state or federal statute.
The information that you share during our sessions will remain confidential. I will not reveal information about our Supervisor/Supervisee relationship without your consent. My services will be offered in a professional manner and will be consistent with APA, ACA, and the Center for Credentialing Education/Approved Clinical Supervisor ethical guidelines for supervision. Supervision is not intended to provide personal counseling for the supervisee. If personal issues arise that interfere with your functioning, I will encourage you to seek personal therapy.
We both share the responsibility of bringing to the sessions any cultural issues among us and the clients we will discuss, in order to assess the possible clinical or supervisory considerations they may bring to our sessions.
My standard fee is $100.00 per 1.5 hour session for individual supervision, unless we negotiate otherwise. Group supervision will be $75.00 per two hour session.
Between sessions, or in an emergency situation, I can be reached at (505)-699-7616. If I am not immediately available, I will return your call within 24 hours.
Social Media Policy
I am open to being connected in Social Media forums, but I will not discuss clinical matters in those forums. Those communications should be reserved for our face to face of telephone communications. I text (505-699-7616) and email, and carry an iPhone. My best email is firstname.lastname@example.org