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September 28, 2022
By: Dr. Carla Smith, LCSW, LMFT
Think about the pain points in your organization. Maybe you’re growing quickly, relying on pre-licensed therapists to meet the growing demand for mental health services in your community. Maybe your licensed staff is stretched thin, and unable to provide the necessary supervision hours for your greener staff. Maybe you want to expand to another location but don’t have the personnel (and necessary supervisors) to do so. You want to improve the efficiency of your staff, make them happier, and support them as they grow in their profession, but the clinical supervision requirements and your supply of clinical supervisors are holding you back.
At the end of the day, your mission is to help people. Successful therapists are your primary revenue source and long-term investment. Clients will keep returning for their services and make referrals to friends and family if the relationship is healthy and effective. A big part of this success depends on clinical supervision – for pre-licensed and licensed therapists alike. But perhaps your options are limited in this regard.
Establishing a solid supervision practice at your clinic is a necessity. All pre-licensed therapists require clinical supervision to become licensed, so they can start seeing clients. An efficient clinical supervision practice leads to a more productive staff, ethical and effective therapists, and satisfied clients. But what if you don’t have the resources to do so?
Let’s explore why outsourcing clinical supervision may be just the solution you were looking for.
In many areas of the country, therapists are in short supply. It may not always be feasible to strictly adhere to supervision guidelines, despite being a best practice in the industry. The prospect of taking fully booked, licensed therapists and counselors away from current patients and tacking on supervision hours is a recipe for burnout.
Rural areas around the country are hurting for therapists. Pre-licensed therapists that provide services in your area may be fully ready, according to themselves and to you, to take on a full client load. But they haven’t yet fulfilled their clinical supervision requirements. If you don’t have a solid supervision practice in place, this may mean that the supervisee has to drive to a different location to obtain that clinical supervision.
This is a weight on their shoulders (and yours) that we can take away. By outsourcing your clinical supervision, travel time is eliminated, as well as mileage reimbursement and other expenses associated with driving to another location for clinical supervision.
Compliance is another hurdle mental health organizations must overcome. Every state has different laws regarding supervision, which can be confusing and overwhelming to navigate for pre-licensed therapists and agencies alike. Motivo removes the complexity in compliance – even in states that require in-person supervision. If you have a staff member needing supervision, our goal is to make a quality match that fits their unique needs, taking the pressure off your organization. And if you’re not sure about the laws in your state, we have a Compliance Specialist on staff that can provide board resources and contacts for you!
Outsourcing may seem like a daunting endeavor at first. It can be difficult to know who to trust with such an essential part of your organization. Here are four reasons why you should consider outsourcing your clinical supervision practice:
At Motivo, our goal is to remove the stress of clinical supervision requirements from your organization. We want you and your staff to focus only on the business of helping people. Tell us what you need in terms of supervision, and we’ll take care of the rest. This includes:
If you provide mental health services to your community, clinical supervision is our speciality. We work with mental health centers, hospital systems, private clinics, digital health apps, non-profit organizations, treatment centers, and health plans. Each organization is assigned a care team that becomes familiar with your internal processes and specific needs. We have supervisors in nearly all 50 states with diverse backgrounds, licensure, and certification types. Our supervisors can provide supervision for the following professions:
Don’t see the license or certification type you need on this list? Ask us anyway! We’re continually growing and adding new supervisors to our community.
Motivo makes clinical supervision easy. Our platform connects therapists with vetted clinical supervisors, freeing your licensed staff to focus on your main priority: helping others. If you have any questions, please reach out and ask how our services can make your organization more efficient.
And to learn more about partnering with Motivo, head on over to the clinical supervision for employers page. We look forward to connecting with you!
We’ll be with you every step of the way.