Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



supervision, ethics, licensure

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education


Ethical and competent supervision are critical to successful entry into the profession for counselors in training and newly licensed counselors. New supervisors should be mindful of the mistakes even well-intentioned supervisors can make that jeopardize the licensure process, or worse, the well-being of clients. Lack of attention to substantial supervision paperwork requirements can cost supervisees long delays in licensure, and call into question a supervisor’s reputation as a competent and ethical professional. The purpose of this article is to help inform beginning supervisors on how to use ethical guidelines to avoid some of the most common supervision pitfalls, including multiple relationships, the use of technology in supervision, documentation requirements, and gatekeeping responsibilities.



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