Overcoming the Therapist Shortage with Virtual Supervision

November 5, 2022

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By: Carla Smith, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
Chief Clinical Officer

When we glance back to pre-pandemic times, we can recall times of healthy working environments with wonderful staffing but as we peer into the modern era post pandemic, we find ourselves stuck in tricky situations – one of which is the therapist shortage. The shortage has many organizations struggling to find therapists for their practices – but there’s a short and easy answer: Virtual Clinical Supervision.

What is Virtual Clinical Supervision?

Virtual supervision is online supervision for pre-licensed clinicians to meet with their clinical supervisor in order to complete hours needed for licensure.

Virtual supervision is the perfect answer for organizations facing the therapist shortage because virtual supervision enables the new possibility to hire therapists during their licensure process. Sounds good right? It gets much better.

Types of Virtual Clinical Supervision

Before we get started in the wonderful world of virtual clinical supervision we have to first understand the different types of virtual or remote clinical supervision.

Online Group Clinical Supervision

The best part about opting for remote clinical supervision isn’t the convenience factor – it’s actually in the therapist shortage itself. When you opt for online group clinical supervision you can bring on more hires at once and cover all their hours in sync to have them at the ready at the same time. 

If this sounds like you, reach out to Motivo today and we’ll help get you started on the best path for online group clinical supervision! 

1:1 Virtual Clinical Supervision

If you don’t need to hire multiple clinicians, doing the traditional one-on-one approach is still beneficial.

You can find supervisors who want to work, can work and are ready to start. 

If you’re not looking for group supervision and only want a single hire, you can get started and find a clinical supervisor today for your one-on-one needs! 

Who is Virtual Clinical Supervision Best For?

Virtual supervision is valuable because it’s accessible and advantageous even for those not experiencing the therapist shortage and here’s why: 

  • Easier scheduling
  • Flexible hours 
  • Better rates 
  • Quicker licensing with structured processes
  • Resources for both supervisors and supervisees 

 

But perhaps you’re wondering the benefits for your business type, well let’s discuss it! 

Mental Health Practices

It’s without a doubt that this article is written for those experiencing the therapist shortage but it doesn’t stop there. Mental health practices can benefit from virtual supervision with or without the shortage.

If you’re scaling quickly and need to expand your practice, group clinical supervision is by far an excellent way to do just that. 

Hospitals

Hospitals can operate under a lot of different umbrellas and virtual clinical supervision for hospitals is perfect for just that. When you’re looking for online group clinical supervision you can expect a lot of benefits with the flexibility for who you hire. Group supervision can cover groups for LCSW’s, LPC’s, and LMFT’s – depending on the state rules

Group supervision for hospitals is great for similar reasons to mental health practices as you can scale quickly and not feel limited by shortages or even having to pay-out higher salaries since your hires will be new into the field, it can typically save you some money in the long run. 

Motivo has partnered with several hospitals for group clinical supervision and has helped throughout the entire process by offering top-notch customer care and the best online group clinical supervision. Get started today!

Specific Licensure-Based Practices (LMFT, LMFTA, LCSW)

No matter the business type if you operate under specific licensure that requires supervision hours, virtual clinical supervision is perfect for your organization. You can easily hold group clinical supervision for those with any license type – as long as they’re the same and in the same group.

Who is Virtual Clinical Supervision Best For?

There are a lot of benefits to both virtual and traditional clinical supervision – however for the best intentions we’ve broken them up into a quick table below to show the most cared and sought after features.

Offerings

Virtual Supervision

Traditional Supervision

Flexible Scheduling

X

Cost Effective 

X

Multiple Hires (Groups)

X

Dedicated Resources

X

X

Multiple Licensure Types

X

24/7 Access to Supervisor

X

X

There’s no doubt that virtual supervision has its benefits.

If you’re looking for virtual supervision, reach out to Motivo today and get started with quality virtual supervision!

How Do I Find Pre-Licensed Clinicians for Online Group Supervision?

We know what you’re thinking, how am I supposed to find these clinicians in the first place? This is a frequently asked question, so we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction for your specific use-case. 

Job Boards & Job Listings

The first option and one of the best in our opinion is to search job boards for those who are pre-licensed and need to finish their hours before starting a job.

This also ties into job listings. With job listings you can set out for your unique requirements and licensure types and offer their supervision hours on the house (or some incentive) and sign them on board and give them real-world experience while finishing out their supervision hours. 

Need some more guidance? Reach out to Motivo today and we’ll help you out!

Graduate School Partnerships

As with any industry and any niche, offering partnerships with schools is a surefire way to land you amazing pre-licensed clinicians for your field. Students want to be rewarded for all their hard work throughout school and the licensure process as they should.

Your role here is to befriend graduate schools and mention to them that you’re hiring pre-licensed clinicians and offering them their clinical supervision hours. It’s a great way to get a lot of hires quickly.

Social Media

Social media is another fantastic way to find pre-licensed clinicians. We won’t spend too much time covering how it works but we’ll give you a few ideas that work wonders!

LinkedIn: 

LinkedIn is a great place to start finding pre-licensed clinicians for your practice. Make sure to use hashtags such as #lmft or #hiringclinicians.

Facebook:

Facebook is another great resource to use if you have a current following. There are many mental health professional groups that you are able to join and post about open opportunities.

Word of Mouth

Lastly, word of mouth is great!

If you have a lot of teammates, just mention it to them!

Everyone loves helping for the best cause.

Motivo’s Here to Help!

If you’re struggling with the therapist shortage, use these tips to overcome it! 

We’re here to offer you the best online group clinical supervision. Get started today and learn more about how we can help! 

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