Collaboration and consultation are interactive processes where individuals, who possess diverse skill sets, work as a team to identify a problem and find out its solution. This process benefits both individual professionals and agencies because collaboration and consultation outcomes improve productivity and performance. These benefits naturally result in improved services to clients.
Such a process is based on a balanced relationship involving mutual trust and open communication. Collaboration and consultation work based on brainstorming in which everyone devises strategies to solve problems based on their knowledge and expertise. These strategies are then set into motion through implementing and combining resources that will help to achieve the goals.
Clinical supervision is a requirement in Illinois for providing clinical mental health services. We are qualified to provide supervision and appropriate documentation that is needed for state licensure.
We work in this field because we want to support and advocate for people to be happier and healthier and to promote overall well-being throughout the community. Whatever your role, working in the field of mental health exposes us to risks; risks relating to others and to ourselves. It’s for these and other reasons that clinical supervision should be an important part of your working life.
Here are some reasons why professional counselors should engage in clinical supervision:
It enhances our skills, confidence and competence. Regular, scheduled supervision provides mental health workers with a space to raise concerns and discuss issues with an experienced practitioner. You can discuss clinical matters and casework in retrospect, helping to enhance your skills for future practice.
It is important to maintain a space utilized solely for the means of having ongoing and continual discussions about clinical work. By having a space to openly discuss case or clinical work, we provide the case with another set of eyes to review what’s happening and determine if we’ve possibly missed something. Afterall, two heads are better than one.
You get emotional support. Having a reflective space is so important in our work to discuss everything that’s happening at work. While you might not always be able to discuss things openly, supervision can be a great space to receive emotional support with work-related matters.
It can help to remind us of practice standards. While we all work in the same sector, every organization has different policies and each discipline practices under a different set of standards. In order to remind ourselves of these procedures and guidelines, we can utilize supervision to ensure that we’re being compliant in all areas.