In commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Program, each month during 2020 the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) will spotlight an ACS. This month we talked with Dr. Matthew R. Shupp, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH, LPC, an associate professor and counselor educator in the College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Shupp won an ACS scholarship in 2019 from the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), with funding from CCE, and obtained the ACS credential this year.
“I have always found supervision important throughout my career, especially during my time preparing for professional licensure,” Shupp says. “The ACS credential provided me with an in-depth understanding of the importance of clinical supervision, as well as the nuances associated with understanding oversight of emerging clinicians’ practice.”
“In addition to my faculty role, I’ve recently started seeing clients in a small private practice. Throughout my journey toward licensure and now as a licensed clinician, I still maintain a relationship with my clinical supervisor and I recognize the value of obtaining and maintaining the ACS credential. Although I am not currently supervising any practicing clinicians toward licensure, it is my goal to one day do so. And when this happens, I will rely heavily on the knowledge I gained as part of obtaining the ACS credential. I also think the ACS credential provides a standard of excellence that will keep me accountable to our profession.
“Even during my time in administration, I viewed my practice through a clinical and developmental lens. The ACS has provided me with a framework upon which to guide my practice. In formal and informal ways, the ACS – and the components required to obtain it – solidified my identity as a clinical supervisor. It signifies to the public and the greater community that I have received the necessary training to provide relevant and appropriate clinical supervision. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in this credential to pursue it. I am grateful every day for the knowledge I have obtained from receiving this credential.”
Read more about the CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Program here.
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