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The purpose of clinical supervision is to monitor, develop and improve a mental health practitioner’s performance by learning skills from a licensed mental health professional. The mental health practitioner meets regularly with the clinical supervisor to reflect and review clinical situations, treatment and support needs, service delivery and discuss other professional issues in a structured way.
Minnesota Rules 9505.0370 to 9505.0372 set the standards for clinical supervision about who can supervise and who requires supervision. These rules specify the duties and responsibilities of the supervisor, including the following:
This consultation process promotes better quality of care and improved clinical outcomes for children and youth. Competent clinical supervision is a critical aspect of developing new clinicians in having effective and culturally appropriate treatment strategies that match the needs recorded in the child’s diagnostic assessment. Also, clinical supervision is a useful tool in disseminating evidence-based practices. Following implementation, clinical supervision can reinforce the fidelity and effectiveness of a treatment program.
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