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By Terry Griffin

Monday, March 1, 2010

Addiction treatment provider organizations, listen up: a consensus panel convened by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that clinical supervision of substance abuse counselors is the key to providing high quality care at the lowest possible cost. The consensus panel said clinical supervision—not just administrative supervision—develops professionalism and ethical standards that are the cornerstone of quality improvement and assurance. Clinical supervision:

  • Enhances the quality of client care

  • Improves efficiency of counselors in direct and indirect services

  • Increases workforce satisfaction, professionalization, and retention

  • Ensures that services provided to the public uphold legal mandates and ethical standards of the profession.

The consensus panel recognized that adding clinical supervision for counseling staff is an investment—possibly a stretch for some organizations—so they developed 11 central principles of clinical supervision. For more, check out “Implementing Clinical Supervision for Substance Abuse Counselors Key to High Quality Care at the Lowest Possible Cost” .

Terry Griffin
Manager, OPEN MINDS On-Line News



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More strategies for effective oversight and supervision can be found in, “Maximizing Clinical Staff Productivity: New Models of Performance-Based Compensation” all members, a presentation given by Joe Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, at the 2010 OPEN MINDS Best Management Practices Institute in Clearwater Beach, Florida. This resource is free for the next sixty days to all registered OPEN MINDS Circle members.

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