Chances are that wherever you are along your career path, a supervisor has provided you with helpful guidance and support to build your skill set and do better, more effective work. That’s exactly what clinical supervisors do for other mental health professionals in a variety of fields including education, health care and social work. The ACS promotes a clinical supervisor’s professional identity, visibility and accountability, and encourages professional growth. Those who have obtained the ACS have voluntarily met national professional supervision standards.
"Clinicians consistently cite clinical supervision as thepivotal experience in their development as effective practitioners," says Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, Excellence Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Education. "Quality supervisors not only are effective clinicians; they also are trained to provide the critical balance of challenge and support that help supervisees at all experience levels expand their ability to enhance client growth."
The services that an ACS provides to supervisees include reviewing treatment plans and records, setting goals, solving problems, explaining legal and ethical issues, and evaluating them to determine whether they are providing proper patient care and adhering to best practices. In short, their job is to ensure that those they supervise develop the proper skills to prepare them to do their best work as mental health professionals. Learn more about ACS requirements and how to apply here.
2020 marks the 22nd anniversary of the ACS credential, and the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) is looking for ACS credential holders who are willing to be profiled in a celebratory marketing campaign. If you’d like to be considered, please email us to express your interest. We’d love to hear from you!