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The Independent Clinical Supervisor* is a seasoned supervisor who has demonstrated substantial experience sufficient to earn the title of Independent Clinical Supervisor. The certification is available to those who have demonstrated 10,000 hours of substance abuse counseling practice in not less than 5 years as a certified clinical substance abuse counselor or master's level Chapter 457 credential holder (APSW; ICSW; LCSW; LMFT; LPC). Additional requirements include demonstration of at least 2 years of experience in the supervision of substance abuse counselors.

The Independent Clinical Supervisor exercises responsibility over substance abuse counselors concerning all activities, including but not limited to, substance abuse counselor development, skill assessment and performance evaluation, staff management and administration, and professional responsibility.

The supervisor shall not permit a supervisee to engage in any practice that the supervisee is not competent to perform.

All supervisors shall be legally and ethically responsible for the supervised activities of the substance use disorder professional supervisee. Supervisors shall be available or make appropriate provision for emergency consultation and intervention. Supervisors shall be able to interrupt or stop the supervisee from practicing in given cases, or recommend to the supervisee's employer that the employer interrupt or stop the supervisee from practicing in given cases, and to terminate the supervised relationship, if necessary.

No person may provide clinical supervision of substance abuse professionals in the State of Wisconsin unless they are certified by the Department of Safety and Professional Services or are exempt under s. 440.88(3m), Stat.

*Note: Those individuals who formerly held Wisconsin Certification Board credential of CCS-II transferred to the Department of Safety and Professional Services as a Certified Independent Clinical Supervisor

The Independent Clinical Supervisor Certification is a reciprocal credential recognized by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.

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 trans disciplinary 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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