Clinical Supervision from Two Perspectives – the Recipient and the Provider

As a counselor, have you ever asked yourself: “Is this what clinical supervision is supposed to be?”. Or as a clinical supervisor, do you sometimes question your effectiveness in promoting best practices with your supervisees? This training will assist you in answering these questions as we explore the fundamental practices of meaningful, effective clinical supervision (not to be confused with administrative supervision) in the treatment of substance use disorders. As a supervisee, we’ll discuss what you might expect and some aspects of self-advocacy as a means of assuring that those you serve receive the very best that you have to offer. As a supervisor, we’ll explore those essential elements that comprise meaningful clinical supervision and the implied measurements for success for both you and your supervisees.



  • Introduction to the key elements that comprise clinical supervision in behavioral health settings.
  • Discussion of methods for the determination that you are providing or receiving clinical supervision that meets minimum standards.
  • Provision of recommendations and resources for both clinical supervisory providers and recipients to assure that clinical supervision might be integrated into an agency culture.
  • Describe clinical supervision as distinct from administrative/managerial supervision. Verbalize several benefits specific to clinical supervision.
  • Develop an action plan for either advocating for meaningful workplace clinical supervision or for the resources necessary to conduct meaningful clinical supervision.
Mental Health (MH)
Substance Used Disorder (SUD)


Thomas M. Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS

Tom Baier is a consultant, trainer and clinical supervisor. He serves as adjunct faculty for Drexel University College of Nursing & Health professions in the behavioral health tract and, for ten years, was Program Coordinator Villanova University Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Mr. Baier is the past president of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) where he continues to serve on the board of directors and is a member of PCB education and committee and ethics committees. For 4 years Tom served as the Pennsylvania delegate to the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the co-chair for the clinical supervision credential committee. Tom is a recipient of the Lorraine Hinkle Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the field of drug and alcohol treatment awarded by Villanova University and holds a Master’s degree in Human Services (MHS), is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and holds PA State Certificates as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS).