What is clinical supervision?

For hundreds of years, more senior colleagues have educated less experienced professionals as they hone their skills. This long and storied tradition of training and mentorship is a valuable part of the health professions. We call it "supervision," but more than anything else it is about development. Clinical supervision is how we share knowledge and prepare others to work independently.

Wes Parks offers two levels of clinical supervision: graduate internship/practicum and licensure.

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Licensed Professional Counselor Supervision

Choosing the right supervisor for your licensure is a big decision, probably one of the most important early career decisions you will make. This is a collaborative relationship that will shape your professional development and prepare you for independent practice as a healthy, well-balanced, and ethical practitioner.

Wes believes that supervision is a collaborative interpersonal process. His educational and humanistic approach focuses on development of skills. Topics of weekly supervision include confidentiality and legality, ethics, comprehensive intake assessment, case conceptualization, setting and maintaining professional boundaries, diagnostic considerations and formulation, treatment planning, documentation, and termination. Also, as a business owner Wes will share practical trade skills for those who want their own private practice in the future.

There are some opportunities for supervised clinical work at both Metroplex Mental Health locations. Supervision is also offered for interns with external site placements.

There is no "perfect" intern because Wes is always open to learning and growing as a person and as a clinician. The ideal intern will have a desire to work with vulnerable and marginalized groups. They will express and demonstrate a desire to learn and to share what they have learned. They will be open to questioning in both directions. Ethical behavior will be the benchmark for all that we do.

Practical requirements for supervision:
  • Graduate of a CACREP-accredited brick-and-mortar training program with completion of all academic requirements for licensure as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Administrative Code. (Wes does not accept supervisees who graduated from online training programs.)
  • Successful completion of the NCE.
  • Completed packet to submit to the Board when the Supervisory Agreement Form is signed.
  • At least some degree of self-sufficiency. For example, a good supervisee with graduate education should be capable of downloading and completing all necessary forms.

Graduate Student Supervision

We run a full-service mental health clinic that services a diverse population. Graduate-level training in this practice could be a valuable learning experience for someone who wants to work in private practice. If fact, training in this practice may be particularly beneficial for those who wish to work within our specializations (LGBTQIA+, assessment, spirituality, poly, etc.).

Interested applicants should send a detailed letter of interest, a CV, unofficial transcript, program requirements, and sanitized work samples (intake assessment, treatment plan, progress note, conceptualization, etc) to Wes via email.

Please note that we will consider only those applicants from brick-and-mortar, CACREP-accredited training programs who have successfully completed all academic requirements for internship and/or practicum with grades of B or better. We do not consider applicants from online training programs.

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Rules and Regulations

Please visit the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors home page for links to applications and forms, rules and regulations, statutes and laws, etc.

Ready to find out more?

Email Wes today to discuss your supervision needs.