Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor


Course Description: This course presents guidelines for clinical supervision in the substance abuse treatment field. It covers supervision methods and models, cultural competence, ethical and legal issues, and performance monitoring. The course includes an implementation guide for program administrators.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe central principles of clinical supervision and guidelines for new supervisors, including the functions of a clinical supervisor
  • Explain cultural competence, ethical and legal issues such as direct and vicarious liability, dual relationships and boundary issues, informed consent, confidentiality, and supervisor ethics
  • Analyze monitoring clinical performance of counselors, the various methods commonly used for observing counselors, the methods and techniques of supervision and administrative supervision, and balancing one’s clinical and administrative duties
  • Analyze representative vignettes of clinical supervision scenarios
  • Describe how to develop a model for clinical supervision and implement a clinical supervision program

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 8 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): David J. Powell, PhD, Bruce Carruth, PhD, Bettye Harrison, Sharon Hartman, MBA, LSW, Pamela Mattel, MSW, LCSWR, ACSW, CASAC, John Porter, MS, and Charles F. Gressard, PhD, LPC, NCC

Content Publisher(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

David J. Powell, Ph.D.
President International Center for Health Concerns, Inc.

Bruce Carruth, Ph.D.
KAP Expert Content Director
The CDM Group, Inc.

Bettye Harrison
Opioid Treatment Program Accreditation Director
CARF International

Sharon Hartman, M.B.A., LSW
Director of Professional Training and Education
Caron Treatment Centers

Pamela Mattel, M.S.W., LCSWR, ACSW, CASAC
Executive Deputy Director

John Porter, M.S.
Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Charles F. Gressard, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Associate Professor, School of Education
College of William & Mary 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 8 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
CEmobile, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CEmobile, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0454.
The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
A New York State LMSW or LCSW is responsible for complying with New York laws, rules and regulations.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
CEmobile, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6879. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CEmobile, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The following are California BBS-recognized approval agencies:
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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