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Supervision taskforce

Task Force Purpose

Our goal in this task force is to create clear and cohesive recommendations for WMHCA to bring to the Washington State legislature with the ultimate intention of removing barriers to clinical supervision for both supervisors and supervisees. Clinical supervision plays a critical role in developing ethical, skilled, and confident mental health professionals. Ensuring quality supervision and equity and ease in access is vital to building a robust community of licensed mental health counselors in Washington State.

The Task Force welcomes new participants. You do not need to be a member of WMHCA to participate in meetings.

Task Force Goals & Updates:

The task force is developing a set of priority recommendations to share with legislators in the upcoming legislative session. The task force would like to see the Washington Administrative Codes on supervision be updated and clarified to incorporate national standards and best practices, including but not limited to:

  1. Including a supervision endorsement on an individual's license so potential supervisees can see immediately if a supervisor is in good standing with the state.
  2. Allowing individuals who hold the NBCC Approved Clinical Supervisor credential to be automatically qualified within WA State as a supervisor
  3. Requiring three supervision-specific CEs for each renewal cycle.
  4. Requiring all supervisors to provide a supervision contract/disclosure statement outlining the rights, expectations, and responsibilities of both parties to supervisees before commencing supervision.

Contact Information

Jennifer Kennett MA, MBA, LMHC, PhD Candidate

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