Posted on: 12 October 2020Share
If you are in school to become a counselor, you will likely be required to complete clinical supervision training. This training will place you in a professional setting with your own unique responsibilities. The main responsibility you have during this time, however, is to learn from the professionals around you and from the working environment itself. In some cases, your school may provide a clinical training experience for you. In other cases, you may be tasked with finding such an opportunity yourself.
Thankfully, it is not difficult to locate a clinic willing to provide the proper training. In fact, you'll likely have a lot of different options to choose from, which is why it's so important that you choose with care. That's easy to do if you know what to look for in a training program.
First and foremost, you have to ensure you choose a clinical supervision training opportunity that is in line with your degree program or other goals. Even if you find a wonderful opportunity, it won't help you if it doesn't offer the hours you're required to earn, the type of training you're required to have, or fails to meet some other requirement. Be very clear on the regulations related to your program or goals and keep them in mind as you choose a clinical supervision training program.
Support And Encouragement
Additionally, try and choose a training atmosphere that feels positive and supportive. All too often, pre-professional counselors end up discouraged after their training programs, when the opposite outcome should occur. Choose an atmosphere in which your trainers are understanding, encouraging, good listeners, answers your questions, and offer advice and support. If you find the right training program, you have a much better chance of flourishing and of actually gaining the skills you'll need to succeed in a professional environment.
The best-case scenario, and one that often happens, is that a trainee would ultimately be offered an entry-level position at the site where they performed their clinical supervision training. If this is your goal, then choose a training program that is open to hiring those they've trained or that has a history of doing so. Don't be afraid to inquire about future job possibilities upfront when choosing your training opportunity. At the very least, try and choose a training program that can help you to build and forge new connections, which could potentially help you to land a job in your field.
As you can see, choosing a good clinical supervision training program does take some real effort on your part. Don't just opt for the first program you find. Keep these tips in mind, do your research, and exhaust every lead and opportunity until you find the right training program and environment for you.