Clinical supervisors carry a great responsibility and obligation to be ethical, professional role models, yet many supervisors do not receive sufficient specific training to prepare them for their critical role. Many supervisors are promoted due to their excellent clinical skills rather than because of their training as a supervisor, thus perpetuating the mistakes of their supervisors. Supervisors are responsible, ethically and legally, for the work and development of the supervisees, as well as patient/client care. Supervision is a balancing act between the needs of both.
Promotion into supervision can no longer be based solely on clinical skills. The clinician, regardless of level of education, credentials, field, populations served, or work experience, must develop a separate set of skills and knowledge base to become a competent and effective supervisor who can handle a myriad of ethical, clinical and supervisee situations.
Dr. Patterson will help you build or enhance your supervision skills, critical judgment, and relationship building skills. She will also assist you in developing a supervision model and contracting with supervisees. Take away supervision tools to implement immediately and to more effectively do your job and become comfortable in your role as a clinical supervisor.
Frances Patterson, PHD, LADAC, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS,
Frances Patterson, PHD, LADAC, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS, owner of Footprints Consulting Services, LLC, has worked as a clinician and program administrator in treatment programs in Virginia and Tennessee for nearly 28 years and has been a supervisor for almost 25 years. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in Tennessee, and a board certified professional counselor and Diplomat with the American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Patterson is a Masters Addictions Counselor and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional through the National Association of Addictions Professionals (NAADAC), where she chairs the clinical issues committee, serves on the ethics committee, is a member of the Trainers Academy, and is an approved NAADAC trainer.
In 2005 Dr. Patterson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and in 2006 she received the Mel Schulstad award, NAADAC's national Professional of the Year award. She has conducted professional training locally, statewide and nationally for more than 20 years on addictions, mental health and professional counseling issues to a variety of disciplines.
Financial: Frances Patterson is the owner of Footprints Consulting Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Frances Patterson is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association; and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.