Telesupervision groups can be a clinically useful, convenient, and cost-effective part of the Residency in Counseling experience. These groups use videoconferencing technology, allowing you to receive high quality supervision without the additional burden of a commute to an off-site location.
These Telesupervision Groups may be right for you if all of the following apply:
You are a Resident in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy in Virginia.
You are seeking additional supervision for an existing residency placement.
You have an individual supervisor (on-site or off-site) with whom you also meet regularly.
From a practical perspective, telesupervision groups save you time and money. They allow you to get the benefits of group supervision without the hassle of driving to a different location. Additionally, the cost per hour of these groups is a fraction of the typical cost of individual supervision.
Clinically and professionally, supervision groups provide a number of opportunities:
To network and develop collegial relationships with others in your field
To learn from other residents about different counseling settings and populations
To develop and fine-tune clinical critical thinking skills about your own and others’ cases
To benefit from the experiences and insights not only of the supervisor, but of others in the group.
Recent research supports the use of telesupervision (Chipchase et al. 2014):
Telesupervision promoted student learning, when used in addition to in-person supervision.
Students were satisfied with telesupervision groups when ratios were relatively small (1:4).
The educational quality of supervision was maintained in a remote setting, as long as connectivity was good.
Telesupervision groups typically meet twice a month, for two hours each, or as scheduled by mutual agreement of group members and the supervisor. Groups have between 3 and 5 residents, who make a commitment to regular attendance. This consistency is important both for individual growth, and for the stability of the group dynamic.
Telesupervision groups are accepted by the Virginia Board of Counseling. According to Board regulations, up to 100 hours of group supervision may be used to meet to 200 hour supervision requirement of residency. For more details about Board requirements, please consult the website.
The meetings are held using the Zoom.us platform, which is HIPPA-compliant and free to download on your phone, tablet or computer. You must be in a quiet and private location for the meetings in order to protect the confidentiality of clients and other residents. You are also asked to comply with the basic etiquette of video teleconferences (be on time, dress appropriately, refrain from eating, etc).
Because telesupervision relies on the use of webcams, you must have reliable access to fast internet. To test your system, go to http://www.speedtest.net/ and click on the green “Begin Test” button. Your speeds should be:
Download – 500kbps/.5mbps or greater,
Upload – 500kbps/.5mbps or greater,
Ping – 125ms
Billing is completed through PayPal on a monthly basis. The fee for the group is $50 per hour.
If you would like more information about Telesupervision Groups, please contact me using the contact button below. I would be happy correspond via email, or schedule a brief call or teleconference to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to apply for a group, I will ask you to provide a resume, complete a brief application, and schedule a teleconference interview.
Reference Chipchase, L., Hill, A., Dunwoodie, R., Allen, S., Kane, Y., Piper, K. & Russell, T. (2014). Evaluating Telesupervision as a Support for Clinical Learning: an Action Research Project. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, 2. DOI: 10.11120/pblh.2014.00033.