Becoming a Washington State Approved Clinical Supervisor

Becoming a Washington State Approved Clinical Supervisor

As an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, Envision Counseling offers unparalleled clinical training to become a Washington State Approved Clinical Supervisor. Increase your clinical expertise while earning continuing education credits to meet state licensing requirements.



Becoming a Washington State Approved Supervisor

June 25th and 26th, 2021

15 NBCC Approved CEUs (including 3 ethics CEUs)

Two-day Training Fee $to be determined


This two-day Approved Clinical Supervisor training is intended for eligible licensed mental health professionals who aspire to become Washington State Approved Supervisors and shape the clinical and cultural competence of counselor and therapist associates working toward full licensure. In this highly interactive virtual training, participants learn legal and professional ethics, supervision processes, and evaluative methods to assess supervisees’ outcomes from supervision.

After this two-day training, participants will have:

  • Completed the 15-hours of required supervision education to become a Washington State Approved Clinical Supervisor.
  • Acquired eight of the 25 hours of required experience in supervision of clinical practice.

This training is facilitated by doctoral-level counselor educators who are clinicians and Washington State approved clinical supervisors. Instructional methods for the two-day training include lecture, role play, case study, small and large group discussion, and written assignments.

Envision Counseling’s virtual training moderators ensure ease of online learning by managing the online training environment including virtual course room configuration and acting as the participants’ point of contact for technology assistance, access to course materials, and answering course/schedule questions.

Registrant Qualifications

Washington State licensed counselors and therapists who have held an active license, without restrictions and have been in good standing for the previous 24 months. Interested persons should review the Washington State Administrative Code (WAC) 246-809-134, to verify eligibility to become a Washington State Approved Supervisor. This course does not meet the AAMFT Approved Supervisor education requirements.

Training Outline

Lunch Breaks will be scheduled from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM on each day of the training.

Day One: June 25, 2021 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

8:00 AM to 9:15 AM State supervisor requirements, supervisor roles, functions, configuration of supervision

  • Identify the purpose, roles, functions, and responsibilities of culturally responsive supervision for individual and group supervision configurations.
9:25 AM to 10:25 AM Developmental supervision model in a culturally responsive context

  • Describe the progressive stages, including discrete characteristics and skills, of supervisee development, from novice to expert.
  •  Describe the process of assessment for supervisee stages of development, including discrete characteristics and skills, from novice to expert.
  • Describe the process of evaluation for supervisees stages of development, including discrete characteristics and competencies, from novice to expert
10:25 AM to 12:25 PM


Peer Shared Conversation (See Handout)

1 PM to 2 PM Reflective supervision model 

  • Identify and apply the theoretical principles of the reflective supervision model.
  • Describe essential reflective supervision interventions to support and stretch supervisee professional growth.
  • Reflective stance in establishing supervisee goals, modeling discrete characteristics, and evaluating developmental competencies
2 PM to 4 PM


Supervisee Centered Interview Guide (See Handout)

4:00 PM to 4:45 PM Legal/Ethics in clinical supervision: Preparing to write a supervision contract

  • Describe the Ethical and Legal responsibilities and implications of clinical supervision.
  • Identify the components of a supervision contract.
4:45 PM to 5:00 PM Review ethical contracting homework packet: Review WA State supervisor requirements and supervisor and supervisee roles and responsibilities

Day Two: June 26, 2021 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)


8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Q & A: Ethical contracting homework packet
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Common factors/systemic model

  • Describe common factors three-dimensional structure.
  • Apply the two domains of common factors supervision: Clinical and Professional Development.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Contracting and Goal Setting from a Developmental/Common Factors centered Framework (See Handout)

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM Using a Common Factors Model for Case Consultation

·        Intentional selection of a case consultation presentation outlines specific to client issues and supervisee level of development (see packet)

·        Expanding understanding of client worldview specific to internal narrative, emotions, patterns of action

·        Highlighting client strengths, dichotomies, and resilient efforts across persona, social, and cultural domains

·        Noting supervisor/supervisee/client process dynamics (e.g., parallel process and isomorphism)

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM


Case Specific Supervision (See Handout)

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM Evaluation of supervisee competence
4:30 PM to 5 PM Closure/anchoring/next professional steps

Required Text

Bernard, J. M., & Goodyear, R. K. (2019). Fundamentals of clinical supervision (Sixth, Ser. The merrill counseling series). Pearson.


Attendees may rent or buy the text to use for the training.

About the Instructors

  • Kim McBride, Ph.D., LMFT

Over 20 years of experience as a couple, family and individual therapist. Dr. McBride is a WA State and AAMFT Approved Supervisor, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Teaching Faculty in the Clinical Mental Health program at Antioch University Seattle, and the owner and Executive Director of Envision Counseling, PLLC.

  • Colin C. Ward, Ph.D., LMHC

For the past 24 years I have served as a counselor educator and supervisor focused on developing reflective supervisory relationships and adapting curriculum to address professional accreditation standards while fostering a learning climate where students reflect and apply knowledge areas consistent with effective and ethical counseling practitioners. My recent book, Strength Centered Counseling (2011), highlights a counseling career spanning over 30 years and working with clients to integrate effective postmodern techniques and interventions to engage hope, identify strengths, and develop resilient life patterns.  I have presented extensively regionally, nationally, and internationally on counseling supervision, strength and resilient centered counseling, leadership and advocacy, adventure sports counseling, and family counseling.  I have published an additional book on Nonviolence in Schools and a variety of articles and book chapters on the topics noted previously.

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Winona State University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling from Oregon State University. I am currently a core faculty member at Antioch University Seattle and co-chair of the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES).  I have also served in a variety of leadership roles over the years, including departmental chair, director of advanced clinical training, doctoral training coordinator, state branch president, chair of legislative and public policy committees, and president of a state licensing board for behavioral health and therapy.


Envision Counseling, PLLC, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education provider, ACEP No. 6724.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counseling, PLLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.