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The Clinical Supervisor In Training, formerly known as the Registered Clinical Supervisor (RCS), is an entry-level designation for Clinical Supervisors in Wisconsin. The Clinical Supervisor In Training certificate allows an individual to gain valuable experience while pursuing the required education and required supervised experience to qualify for the Intermediate Clinical Supervisor certification. A Clinical Supervisor In Training may provide any clinical supervisory functions under the supervision of another Clinical Supervisor (of higher level) with the following exception:

After June 1, 2008, a Clinical Supervisor In Training may not provide clinical supervision to a Substance Abuse Counselor In Training.

The Clinical Supervisor In Training certificate may be renewed twice and will be valid for approximately 4 to 6 years.

For those RCS's who transferred to the Department of Safety and Professional Services as Clinical Supervisors In Training, to qualify for the Intermediate Clinical Supervisor Certificate, in addition to the requirements under RL 161 (2)(e) you must provide evidence of a minimum of an associates degree in a behavioral science and 1 year of practice as a clinical substance abuse counselor. One year of substance abuse counseling practice as a master's level credential holder under Chapter 457 (ICSW; APSW; LMFT; MFT-In Training; PC-In Training) with the AODA specialty also qualifies.

Definition of “clinical supervision”: A specific and definitive process of oversight of a counselor's professional development in the didactic, experiential and application of the trans disciplinary foundations and practice dimensions including core functions.

Supervision takes place in intermittent face-to-face contact between a Clinical Supervisor and treatment staff provided on or off the site of a service to ensure that each patient has an individualized treatment plan and is receiving quality care. Methods for supervision may include, but are not limited to, auditing of patient files, case review and discussion of active cases, direct observation of treatment, video or audio review and observation of the counselor's professional interaction with patients and staff.

The goals of “clinical supervision” are to provide the opportunity to develop competency in the transdisciplinary foundations, practice dimensions and core functions, provide a context for professional growth and development and ensure a continuance of quality patient care. A primary purpose of “Clinical Supervision” is to ensure skill development evidenced in quality patient care.

updated 4/13

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Division of Professional Credential Processing
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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