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Exploring Counseling Techniques During Supervision

As an LPC supervisor in Texas, you have a responsibility to ensure your associate develops strong clinical skills. Here are 10 methods to explore counseling techniques in your supervision sessions:

  1. Case Presentation and Discussion: This is a classic method. The associate presents a de-identified case and discusses their chosen technique, rationale, and outcome. You can then explore alternative approaches, ethical considerations, and effectiveness.

  2. Role-Playing: Simulate client scenarios with the associate practicing specific techniques. You can play the client role, allowing the associate to experiment with skills like active listening, motivational interviewing, or cognitive reframing.

  3. Video Review:  Review recordings of the associate's sessions (with client consent) and analyze their use of techniques.  Focus on strengths and areas for improvement. Discuss alternative approaches and provide constructive feedback.

  4. Skill-Building Exercises: Assign exercises focused on specific techniques. This could involve practicing relaxation techniques, developing scripts for psychoeducation, or creating worksheets for clients.

  5. Supervision Logs: Encourage the associate to maintain a log of their sessions, noting the techniques used, their effectiveness, and areas for development. Use this log as a springboard for discussions.

  6. Co-Therapy:  Co-facilitate sessions with the associate, allowing them to observe and practice techniques in a live setting. This can be particularly helpful for learning new approaches.

  7. Consultation on Readings:  Assign readings on specific counseling techniques and have the associate discuss their applicability, limitations, and potential use in their caseload.

  8. Supervision Groups: Encourage or participate in supervision groups with other LPCs. This allows the associate to explore techniques with peers and receive feedback from different perspectives.

  9. Review of the Texas LPC Code of Ethics:  Connect specific techniques with the ethical principles outlined in the Texas LPC Code of Ethics. Explore how different techniques might impact client rights, confidentiality, and boundaries.

  10. Technology Tools: Utilize technology resources like online training modules or simulation programs focused on specific counseling techniques. These resources can enhance learning and provide a safe space for practice.


  • Tailor the exploration to the associate's experience and learning style.

  • Create a safe and supportive environment for exploration.

  • Focus on both strengths and areas for development.

  • Connect technique discussion to real-world client scenarios.

By using these methods, you can effectively help your LPC associate explore and develop their counseling skillset, ensuring they provide competent and ethical care to their clients.

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