Whenever a supervisee (MFT registered intern or MFT trainee) begins working with a new supervisor, they must obtain a completed copy of the BBS’ Responsibility Statement for Supervisors. Supervisors are required to complete and sign this form under penalty of perjury, which may provide some reassurance for supervisees; however, even supervisors with the best of intentions can overlook one or more of the bullet points listed on the Responsibility Statement form. A prudent supervisee will take time to review each item with their supervisor, thus ensuring they won’t lose hours further down the road if it turns out their supervisor failed to meet any of their obligations.
It’s not enough for supervisors to simply be licensed in California – they must meet other requirements as well per the Responsibility Statement form. Supervisees can confirm when a license was issued and whether it’s in good standing by visiting the Department of Consumer Affairs’ License Verification page. Supervisees are also encouraged to verify whether their supervisor has been practicing psychotherapy and/or providing direct supervision for at least a two year period within the past five years.
Every supervisor is required to complete six hours of supervision training or coursework every two years while providing supervision. If a supervisor is new to providing supervision, then they must complete the training/coursework within sixty days of commencing supervision. Supervisees are encouraged to ask for copies of CEUs/certificates confirming that their supervisor has met this requirement.
Supervisors’ responsibilities don’t stop at signing BBS forms and providing feedback on a weekly basis. Supervisors are also expected to stay informed about changes with laws and regulations that affect MFTs, monitor supervisees’ sites to ensure they’re appropriate settings for clinical work, and discuss other supervision-related policies and procedures (such as what to do in the event of an emergency).
You may find there are other items you’d like to discuss with your supervisor. The BBS’ Guide to Supervision can provide additional tips for developing a strong relationship with your supervisor and getting the most out of your time with them.