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Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Expand your knowledge and grow professionally to serve the mental health needs of your community.

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The 12-credit, non-degree, post-baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Supervision Program is offered 100% asynchronous online and can be successfully completed in as little as two semesters. The certificate consists of three core clinical supervision courses, with a fourth course dedicated to a specific concentration in clinical supervision: supervision in clinical mental health, substance use disorders or school counseling.

Upon completion, licensed professionals will be well positioned to pursue the Center for Credentialing and Education Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential and non-licensed professionals may qualify for the Pennsylvania Certification Board's Certified Clinical Supervision (CSC) credential.

Learn about the scholarship opportunity available below.

Program Quick Facts

Next Start Date August 26, 2024
Estimated Program Length 2 semesters
Credit Hours 12
Course Lengths 8 weeks
Delivery Methods 100% online
Cost Per Credit $715*
Admission Requirements View Admission Requirements Here

*Cost per credit reduced 50% upon enrollment

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CNS 526 Models of Clinical Supervision

The models of clinical supervision course will serve as the introductory course in the certificate program. The course will focus on foundational aspects of clinical supervision, creating a pathway to competence. Students will learn core constructs of supervision models to include psychotherapy-based, developmental, process and second-generation models of clinical supervision. Emphasis will be placed on helping certificate students to not only become knowledgeable of a wide array of supervision models but to also develop and refine their own supervisory orientation.

CNS 528 Dimensions of the Supervisory Relationship

This course will give specific attention to the supervisory relationship. Students will be able to articulate the dimensions of the supervisory relationship. An emphasis will be placed on becoming a multiculturally competent supervisor. To do so, students will gain a working knowledge of how to organize the supervision experience, identify basic tenets of triadic and dyadic systems, parallel processes, and isomorphism. Special focus will be on the supervisory working alliance and other factors that affect not only the supervisor-supervisee relationship but also the supervisee-client relationship.

CNS 529 Multicultural and Ethical Considerations in Supervision

This course will focus on ethical, legal and risk management issues in clinical supervision. An emphasis will be placed on gatekeeping in the profession. Distance counseling, informed consent, confidentiality, malpractice and liability topics will be covered. As such, students will develop the tools necessary to become ethical decision makers. Students will discover evaluative measures, enhance awareness of the law and code of ethics, and address critical incidents in clinical supervision.

CNS 535 Advanced Methods of Clinical Supervision

This course will focus on analyzing supervision theories and developing effective techniques to facilitate counselor-in-training development. This course will offer three specific areas of concentration in which the student can choose to follow: supervision in clinical mental health counseling, supervision in substance use disorder counseling, or supervision in school counseling. A variety of models, perspectives, research, and techniques pertaining to the chosen specialty in clinical supervision will be reviewed. An emphasis will be on developing individualized, specialty supervision methodologies in a manner that can then be effectively transferred to practical application in the field of clinical supervision.

Scholarship Opportunity

Certificate in Clinical Supervision Overview

We are pleased to announce that Waynesburg University was awarded a capacity building grant totaling $25,000 from the Staunton Farm Foundation. This grant will offer scholarships to five (5) eligible students enrolled in WU’s non-degree Certificate in Clinical Supervision Program. Eligible students will receive a 50% scholarship from the grant to cover the cost of the four supervision courses and WU will match the 50% scholarship. As such, non-degree Certificate in Clinical Supervision students will be able to complete the four, 100% asynchronous online, supervision counseling courses (or 12 credits), at 100% cost savings. WU will offer all other students enrolled in the Certificate in Clinical Supervision program a 50% tuition reduction. 

The goal of the Certificate in Clinical Supervision Program is to enhance the professional identity and competence of current and aspiring clinical supervisors in the behavioral health workforce by offering advanced supervisory training opportunities. WU is committed to addressing the unmet needs of the behavioral health workforce and recognizes the necessity for properly trained, competent and effective clinical supervisors. 

We hope that you will consider applying to the Certificate in Clinical Supervision Program. As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.

Who Qualifies for the Scholarship?

  • Licensed and non-licensed professionals 
  • Professionals who are already serving as clinical supervisors in the field of behavioral health
  • Professionals and paraprofessionals that aspire to become clinical supervisors
  • Individuals must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen

About the Staunton Farm Foundation
Staunton Farm Foundation recognizes the importance of developing and strengthening mental health resources to survive and adapt in today’s challenging environment. Building capacity to optimize services represents a vital part of the Staunton Farm Foundation strategy. To learn more about the Staunton Farm Foundation and their commitment to behavioral health, please click the link below.

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