Clinical Supervision for Licensed Masters Social Worker’s in Maryland
This is not “I just want my hours”.
Clinical Supervision is an important aspect of social work practice. The supervision you receive shapes your approach as a social worker. As a Licensed Masters Social Worker, it is important that you don’t pick a clinical supervisor to just “get your hours”. I know the struggle is real when you’re deciding between free supervision vs paying for supervision. But it’s important that you select a clinical supervisor whose approach aligns with your professional goals and personal morals. With free supervision, having a supervisor that gets you and guides you, is not guaranteed
As a recent graduate, I picked a job that provided free supervision. I thought that any supervisor would be able to help me become a great social worker. Two years into my career, I realized that I was wrong. I was studying for my clinical exam when I realized that important things were missing from my supervision. Really important things like: the Code of Ethics, COMAR regulations and clinical issues. Supervision was only about checking boxes. I thought to myself-what is the purpose of clinical supervision if it doesn’t teach me, help me grow and prepare me for the next level of my career. It was at this exact moment, that I vowed to provide healing leadership as a future clinical supervisor.
Clinical Supervision at RISE
At R.I.S.E, clinical supervision for Licensed Masters Social Workers means providing healing leadership that helps you grow. For this reason, we only provide supervision to Masters Level Social Workers that are interested in mentorship as well as supervision. We provide clinical supervision to Licensed Masters Social Workers that want to provide trauma-informed care. We ask that you have some knowledge of trauma-informed care and practices.
Style of Supervision
At R.I.S.E, clinical supervision is rooted in understanding that while you are a professional your are also human. This means that clinical supervision also includes discussion about racism, oppression, self-care, counter-transference, triggers, trauma and cultural implications. Our bottomline is this: Who you are as a person impacts how you perceive the world, how you perceive others, and your approach as a social worker. It’s imperative that we discuss how personal matters may impact your professional style. Y’all I am tired of systems pathologizing Black women for wanting to help or white-washing our culture based clinical assessments. Not today and not at R.I.S.E. At R.I.S.E, we do not judge, shame or blame. Supervision is not therapy; however, you are too a “person in your environment” and it’s time that clinical supervision honors your uniqueness. Clinical supervision is your safe space for growth.
What you can expect during supervision
- Completion of supervision contracts
- Use of the NASW Code of Ethics
- Reference to MD COMAR regulations
- Addressing the following areas: Clinical, Educational, Supportive and Administrative
- Suggestions for Interventions
- Real life conversations
At R.I.S.E, providing clinical supervision is one of the ways we “pay it forward”. As a Masters Level Social Worker, you deserve direction that is ethical and also helps you grow. At R.I.S.E, your growth is the most important factor and is why our supervision is also mentorship. None of us can do this work alone. With R.I.S.E, you won’t ever have to wonder if you’re on the right track.
Organizations seeking supervision
At R.I.S.E, we are happy to partner with organizations that are interested in obtaining clinical supervision for Licensed Masters Social Workers. In providing supervision for external agencies, we primarily focus on clinical concerns, ethical concerns, COMAR compliance and growth. We do not provide administrative oversight.
Individual Supervision $75 /60 mins
Group Supervision $45 per participant/60 mins