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Requirements for the CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Program


  •  You must have earned 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.
  •  A copy of your (official or unofficial) transcript is required 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 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.

Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS)

You will need to submit a proposed professional disclosure statement intended for your supervisees. 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, agency worker), write the statement from that perspective. You may incorporate the required language into your agency’s PDS if needed. Your statement must address the 10 required areas listed below:

  1. Your name, business address, e-mail and telephone number
  2. A listing of your degrees, credentials (including the ACS), 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
  10. A statement indicating that you will follow the Approved Clinical Supervisor Code of Ethics in addition to your licensing and credentialing board’s code of ethics

Required Specialized Training

Clinical supervision training must be specific to providing clinical supervision or becoming a clinical supervisor. Reference Required Training for additional information.

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-master’s 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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