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I have to cancel my LPC Associate's supervision session! What are my options?




Missing supervision sessions as an LPC supervisor can be challenging, but there are strategies to help make up for these missed sessions while maintaining the integrity of the supervisory relationship and meeting LPC licensing requirements. Here are five effective strategies:


1. Schedule Make-Up Sessions Promptly: As soon as a supervision session is missed, promptly reach out to the supervisee to reschedule. Offer flexible options such as alternative times during the same week or scheduling a longer session to cover missed content. This strategy must occur during the month in which the four hours are being accrued.


2. Utilize Technology: Leverage technology to conduct virtual make-up sessions if meeting in person isn’t feasible. Video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Skype offer effective alternatives to in-person meetings. This strategy must occur during the month in which the four hours are being accrued.


3. Provide Additional Resources: If a session cannot be rescheduled immediately, offer supplemental materials or resources related to the missed content. This could include articles, case studies, or relevant research papers that align with the supervisee's learning goals.  Note this will not replace the required direct supervision and must occur during the month in which the four hours are beineg accrued. 


4. Extend Future Sessions: Allocate additional time in future sessions to cover missed material. This approach allows for a more in-depth discussion and ensures continuity in the supervision process. This strategy must occur during the month in which the four hours are being accrued.


5. Documentation and Reflection: Encourage the supervisee to reflect on their experiences during the missed period and document their learning independently. During the next session, review their reflections together and discuss any key insights or challenges encountered during the absence.  Note this will not replace the required direct supervision and must occur during the month in which the four hours are beineg accrued. 


It's crucial to communicate openly with supervisees about missed sessions and be proactive in finding solutions that align with both parties' schedules and learning needs. Additionally, adhering to Texas LPC board regulations regarding supervision hours and requirements is essential to ensure successful LPC licensure for the supervisee.


Per the LPC Rules as of May 2024,


(e) The LPC Associate must receive direct supervision consisting of a minimum of four (4) hours per month of supervision in individual (up to two Associates or group (three or more) settings while the Associate is engaged in counseling unless an extended leave of one month or more is approved in writing by the Council approved supervisor. No more than 50% of the total hours of supervision may be received in group supervision.


…supervision matters!

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