Episode 124

Amy Smitke, LPC

In today's episode, the incredibly knowledgeable and insightful Amy Smitke joins our host, Dr. Tara Sanderson, to delve into the fascinating world of supervision. Amy emphasizes the importance of building strong relationships with the board and encourages open communication and asking questions.

Overview of episode

Burnout and the importance of support systems for supervisors

Ethics flashcards and tracking tools for supervisors

Importance of building a good relationship with your board

Ethics in crisis situations and crisis resources

Takeaways for today!

What can you apply today right after the episode.

Build Relationships with Your Board

Building a strong and trusting relationship with your board is crucial for supervisors. Regular communication, asking questions, and seeking clarification can help ensure that everyone is on the same page. Don't assume everything is fine or not fine - ask for clarification!

Take a few moments to write down different ways to contact your board and reach out with an ethical question.

Support is Essential for Supervisors

Being a supervisor can be challenging, and burnout is a real risk. It’s essential to have a support system in place, both within the community of clinicians and among other supervisors. Look around your community and find a way to connect with some peers today!

Get connected with a local clinical association or Facebook group for clinical supervisors, ask a colleague to get a local coffee, or plan a virtual coffee time!

One great resource is this Clinical Supervisors Facebook Group: LINK

Expand Your Perspectives!

Being open to different perspectives can greatly benefit supervisors. By getting to know the board and their perspectives, as well as exploring different ways of doing things in the industry, supervisors can make more informed judgments and provide effective guidance to their supervisees.

Consider an ethical dilemma you’ve recently discussed in supervision and reach out to a colleague who is a different type of clinician than you  (LPCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and Doctoral clinicians) to see how they might deal with it!