How do you handle clinical supervision of your behavioral health providers?
- Typically licensed providers meet every other week for one hour for individual consultation (if the provider is full time) with the behavioral health director, because technically they do not require supervision as they are independently licensed. We also have weekly team meetings where we discuss cases. We try to be available for on the spot questions. Unlicensed therapists (and sometimes new providers) will need to meet more often per school or licensure board’s requirements, which is typically one hour of individual supervision and one hour group/team supervision.
- Our clinic is small, with only 4 BH providers, including the BH Director and one Psychiatric NP and an LPN. As all of our providers are independently licensed, clinical supervision is not required for their licensure/insurance reimbursement. However, quarterly chart reviews are completed by the BH Director for all providers and feedback regarding documentation is provided at that time.
How many hours a month does each clinician meet individually with their clinical supervisor (does it differ by years of experience? If so, how?)?
- 1-4 hours per month depending on developmental and training needs of the provider, and also depending on whether they are full or part-time. Years of experience are considered, but also if a provider is new to the clinic culture or if there’s a learning or coaching goal (especially disciplinary) to monitor and train for.
- Each provider has a 1:1 scheduled with the BH Director to discuss clinical concerns, work flows, morale, etc. every month.
- We have a monthly Peer Supervision meeting that is 1-2 hours. One hour a week with newest team member (SW/IBH). Times with other MH team members varies. (This question confirms we need to make that more solid and consistent). Some are contracted and received clinical supervision elsewhere.
How often does the entire group of clinicians meet for clinical supervision?
- Behavioral health team meets weekly, but not all part-time providers can attend that frequently who work away from the main site. The off-site provider comes once per month. We also have a monthly team education where we discuss a learning topic or watch a webinar or invite an outside speaker on a topic such as how does diabetes impact mental health, etc. Our agency also has a biweekly all-provider meeting that meets across disciplines.
- The team meets weekly for one hour with our Psychiatric NP and her staff to consult on cases. We have a great team and work together well in doing “curbside consultations” as needed throughout the day to support one another.
- We have a monthly meeting for the whole team to handle content like how to do crisis assessments and response and other topics; but it’s not direct clinical supervision.