Requirements Approved Clinical Supervisor


  •  A master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. Degrees must be from a postsecondary educational institution or program accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  •  Please submit a copy of your (official or unofficial) transcript with your application. Web-printed transcripts must identify the school and the degree conferred.

Applicants with non-U.S. degrees:

  •  If you earned your degree(s) outside the United States, you will need to have the degree(s) evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service and submit the results to CCE with your application. CCE accepts evaluations completed by World Education Services, Inc.; Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers International Education Services.

Current status as one of the following:

  1. National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  2. Licensed or certified mental health provider
  3. Licensed or certified clinical supervisor

Please submit a copy of the license or credential with your application.

Self-Assessment and Professional Disclosure

You will need to submit a professional disclosure statement intended for your supervisees. A statement you currently distribute to supervisees can be submitted provided it addresses the 10 required areas listed below. If you are not currently employed in a supervisory capacity, write the disclosure statement as if you were. If the supervisory responsibilities are an aspect of your employment (e.g., counselor educator), write the statement from that perspective. An effective disclosure statement demonstrates an understanding of the multiple responsibilities of a clinical supervisor. Your statement must include:

  1. Your name, business address, e-mail and telephone number;
  2. A listing of your degrees, credentials and licenses;
  3. The general mental health competency areas for which you are qualified to provide supervision (e.g., addictions counseling, career counseling);
  4. A statement documenting your training in supervision and experience in providing supervision;
  5. A general statement addressing your model of or approach to supervision, including role of the supervisor, objectives and goals of supervision, and modalities (e.g., tape review, live observation);
  6. A description of the evaluation procedures you use in the supervisory relationship;
  7. A statement defining the limits and scope of confidentiality and privileged communication within the supervisory relationship and with your own supervisor if applicable;
  8. A fee schedule or statement of free service;
  9. Emergency contact information where your supervisee can reach you in the event of an emergency; and
  10. A statement indicating that you will follow the Approved Clinical Supervisor Code of Ethics in addition to your credentialing board's code of ethics.

Required Specialized Training

Clinical supervision training must be specific to providing clinical supervision or becoming a clinical supervisor. You must document completion of one of the following:

a. A three-semester-hour graduate course in clinical supervision from a CACREP-accredited program


b. A total of 45 clock hours of clinical supervision training specific to providing clinical supervision or becoming a clinical supervisor, which must include each of the following content areas:

  1. Roles and functions of clinical supervisors
  2. Models of clinical supervision
  3. Mental health–related professional development
  4. Methods and techniques in clinical supervision
  5. Supervisory relationship issues
  6. Cultural issues in clinical supervision
  7. Group supervision
  8. Legal and ethical issues in clinical supervision
  9. Evaluation of supervisee competence and the supervision process

You must provide documentation of this training by submitting a transcript and/or certificate(s) of completion verifying that you attended a total of 45 hours of training covering each required area.

In addition, be prepared to submit the course syllabus/outline or workshop content descriptions, learning objectives and agendas demonstrating that each content area was covered.

If you are searching for clinical supervision training, here are some helpful tips:

  • Search for course options in the CE Calendar of Events on NBCC’s website
  • Find providers in the NBCC ACEP Directory and explore the provider’s website to find clinical supervision training
  • Search online for “clinical supervision training” appropriate to the mental health profession

Clinical Supervision Experience/Endorsement

You must submit an endorsement form documenting a minimum of 100 hours of your own supervised clinical supervision of individuals providing mental health services. Your supervision experience may include individual and/or group supervision, with a maximum of 10 members in a supervision group. You may use supervision of graduate students in training to fulfill this requirement. The endorser of your supervision must be a current NCC or licensed or certified mental health provider, and must have training in clinical supervision.

Mental Health–Related Experience

You must document a minimum of five years of post-degree experience in mental health services that includes at least 4,000 hours of direct service with clients. The master's or higher degree submitted must be in a mental health field.

You may substitute a conferred doctorate and/or completed internship for up to three years and 900 hours of the total required.

Completed doctoral internship: Each school year of internship counts for one year and 300 hours of experience, or the number of hours stated in the internship course requirements.

Conferred doctorate: Each school year of enrollment in a doctoral program counts for one year and 300 hours of experience.

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