The ForeSight Group, LLC
Moving insight and awareness into action through human services training and consultation since 1981


Being, Knowing and Doing: Professional development and the foundation of a supervisory relationship

Professional practice as a therapist or counselor involves developing oneself, acquiring knowledge and honing practice skills. Working with a senior practitioner in a supervisory relationship is an essential component of professional development.

A supervisor and a practioner form a relationship with the goals of:

I provide supervision under the auspicies of The ForeSight Group to individual practitioners and groups in the following forms:


 

Practice Training Supervision: Leading to independent social work licensing (LISW)

 

The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (the Board) requires 150 hours of supervision, over 24 months, provided at the rate of one hour per twenty hours of practice, for Masters level social workers seeking to become a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

The following are some programs that can fulfill these requirements for practitioners with a Masters degree in social work..

For groups of four-six people for training supervision not working within the same agency:

1. Provision of two hour weekly online training supervision for this group. The agendas for these sessions will be mutually developed between us and likely include: Case presentations, professional development topics, administrative issues, organizational issues and group processing.

2. Each group member will have at least one 1 hour individual supervisory session per month in addition to the group sessions, provided either online or at my office in South Euclid.

For groups of four-six people for training supervision working within the same agency:

1. Provision of two hour weekly training supervision in vivo at your workplace or online for this group. The agendas for these sessions will be mutually developed between us and likely include:

    Case presentations, professional development topics, administrative issues, organizational issues, group processing, etc.

2. Each member will have at least one individual supervisory session per month in addition to the group sessions provided either on site or at a convenient location, if on a day of the group meeting, at my office in South Euclid or via webcam supported Internet based sessions.

N.B. The Board permits Internet-based virtual connection for providing supervision and group supervision can include up to six members.

 

Preparation & Supports

Individual supervision with each supervisee includes:

Defining a professional development plan

Reviewing progress and assessing development,

Reviewing work products

Coordination with administrative supervisors

A professional development plan will include;

Self assessments

Peer assessments

Administrative assessments

Objective setting

Continuing education planning to achieve professional objectives

Practice assessments compared to core social work competencies

Each supervisee maintains:

Logs of sessions requiring supervisory signature as documentation

Notes which follow longitudinal work assignments for supervisory review

Fees: You can complete the required 150 hours of supervision spending $170.00 per month to gain this valuable credential to make your career advancement possible.

Your program can be modified if you have already accumulated supervision hours.

These are perilous economic times for agencies. However, it is worth considering an agency supported contract appointment as an organizational consultant providing licensing supervision as this is a significant benefit to the agency.

Should agency funds be unavailable, then fee payment becomes the responsiblity of the supervisees. Payment plans may be arranged.

Meeting Scheduling, Format and Preparations

In this program we will meet weekly for two hours at some mutually agreeable times in a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) Internet-based program. This program provides live webcam views of me and each participant with voice, much like a conference call. This program (GoToMeeting.com) supports providing graphic presentations (PowerPoint slides, videos and simultaneous document viewing). Sessions are recordable for archiving and later review. Training materials and documents will be provided in the online library (www.theforesiightgrroup.org).

The two hour session (Including a fifteen minute break) will provide 1 3/4 hours of training supervision. There are three such sessions each month for twenty-four months (As required by the Board). Each supervisee will have a monthly individual one hour supervision session. The combination of these group and individual sessions will add up to the 150 hours required by the Board for independent licensure. (Plus passing the LISW test).

Each supervisee will prepare for each session with summaries of their practice activities, following some specific activities, such as an individual or family case, staff responsibility specific to their work role e.g., managing a work unit, and posing questions for discussion. The summaries will be submitted to me as the Training Supervisor and I will construct a session agenda from collating these summaries. This agenda may include training presentations or moderated discussions.

The board requires documentation of participation, especially when the training supervision is provided online. Each supervisee will document their participation through making notes summarizing topics presented and discussions and providing these notes which I will sign off on and return to the supervisee for their archives. These notes which I sign-off on are your documentation of participation.

Presentations and discussions concerning the laws and rules governing social work practice in Ohio as long-term preparation for passing the LISW examination are included.

Monthly individual supervision sessions, conducted in person when practical or via the Internet, will attend to personal/professional goals, topics specific to each person's practice in their work role and likely will track some work over time, e.g., following some cases, or assignments, etc.

Each supervisee will sign a contract with me which specifies our agreed upon responsibilities. Each supervisee, a representative of their employing organization and I will sign a contract which articulates our respective responsibilities, e.g. confidentiality issues, etc. There shouldn't be any surprises here.

There are other "moving parts" to this program which we will work out collaboratively, e.g., scheduling, accommodating differences, etc. .

LISW Exam

 

The following data summarizes the contents of the two LISW exams.

 

Content areas of exams Clinical Exam Advanced Generalist Exam
Professional Values and Ethics
18%
24%
Macro practice
18%
Micro practice and social work relationships
18%
Micro assessment and planning
22%
Psychotherapy, clinical interventions, and case management
25%
Assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
26%
Human development, diversity and behavior in the environment
31%
18%

 

N. B. The Generalist test seems to require more business and management knowledge and may be harder-higher failure rate.

 

Professional Development Plan (PDP)


The Professional Development Plan (PDP) that each supervisee will construct is based on the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) “Ten Core Competencies”.  The contents of this document was adopted by the CSWE and influences the curriculum of graduate schools of social work.


Using these core competencies to scan practice tasks and skills will support an ongoing agenda for training supervision and professional growth consistent with best social work practices. In this way whatever your present position, you are developing your knowledge and skills consistent with independent licensure practices.

 

Training Supervisor: Les Wyman (See vitae)

 

I have been supervising all levels of social work practitioners for over forty-five years and using the Internet to provide supervision, training and consultations for ten years. I am confident that we can make this program work to enhance your practice knowledge and skills and to fulfill the board's requirements for independent licensure.

 

Contact:

 

Les Wyman, Ph.D., LISW-S to explore this proposal or variations and fees which may be created to fit supervisees' needs (216 382 5077)
E mail: leswyman@theforesightgroup.org

Practice Training Supervision: Fulfilling licensure maintenance requirements

I provide ongoing practice supervision for advanced practitioners abroad who are seeking to obtain progressively advanced licensure ratings.

Sessions are conducted using Internet-based VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).


Practice Training Supervision: Fullfilling conditions of licensure consent agreements

I provide ongoing practice oversight as a Board designated Monitor for a social work practitioner whose license is subject to the conditions of a Consent Agreement due to ethics violations.


 

Occasional case supervision for psychotherapy practice