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HSCD 640 Clinical Supervision

This course is designed to prepare students for effective clinical supervision in the provision of services for those with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Topics include elements of supervision, enhancing effectiveness of supervision, managing the supervisory relationship, and ethical and legal concerns that supervisors may be required to address. Consideration is given to power structures, pitfalls and cross-cultural issues encountered in supervisory relationships, and to supervision as a partnership in support of superior client care and professional goals.

Special information

Note: Completion of at least 1 credit of HSCD 681 is required before taking HSCD 640.
3 Graduate credits

Effective January 9, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Distinguish the central role of clinical supervision in providing superior clinical services through improving client welfare, ensuring informed consent and honoring client rights.
  • Distinguish factors that generate positive supervisory relationships from their inception, including informed consent for supervision, management of expectations and appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethical, legal and advocacy responsibilities of clinical supervisors.
  • Assess power dynamics in the supervisory relationship and consider issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate commitment to cross-cultural responsiveness in all supervisory relationships.
  • Generate, and demonstrate commitment to, fulfillment of key supervisory responsibilities, to include ensuring informed consent for supervision, completing and referencing the supervision contract, modeling ethics and boundaries, and serving as a gatekeeper for the counseling profession.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Clinical Supervision Roberts, Ken Ali, Khadija Books for HSCD-640-50 Spring 2024 Course details for HSCD-640-50 Spring 2024