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4 Reasons to Outsource your Clinical Supervision

September 28, 2022


By: Dr. Carla Smith, LCSW, LMFT

Think about the pain points in your organization. Maybe you’re growing quickly, relying on pre-licensed therapists to meet the growing demand for mental health services in your community. Maybe your licensed staff is stretched thin, and unable to provide the necessary supervision hours for your greener staff. Maybe you want to expand to another location but don’t have the personnel (and necessary supervisors) to do so. You want to improve the efficiency of your staff, make them happier, and support them as they grow in their profession, but the clinical supervision requirements and your supply of clinical supervisors are holding you back.

At the end of the day, your mission is to help people. Successful therapists are your primary revenue source and long-term investment. Clients will keep returning for their services and make referrals to friends and family if the relationship is healthy and effective. A big part of this success depends on clinical supervision – for pre-licensed and licensed therapists alike. But perhaps your options are limited in this regard. 

Establishing a solid supervision practice at your clinic is a necessity. All pre-licensed therapists require clinical supervision to become licensed, so they can start seeing clients. An efficient clinical supervision practice leads to a more productive staff, ethical and effective therapists, and satisfied clients. But what if you don’t have the resources to do so?

Let’s explore why outsourcing clinical supervision may be just the solution you were looking for.

When clinical supervision becomes a burden

In many areas of the country, therapists are in short supply. It may not always be feasible to strictly adhere to supervision guidelines, despite being a best practice in the industry. The prospect of taking fully booked, licensed therapists and counselors away from current patients and tacking on supervision hours is a recipe for burnout.

Rural areas around the country are hurting for therapists. Pre-licensed therapists that provide services in your area may be fully ready, according to themselves and to you, to take on a full client load. But they haven’t yet fulfilled their clinical supervision requirements. If you don’t have a solid supervision practice in place, this may mean that the supervisee has to drive to a different location to obtain that clinical supervision. 

This is a weight on their shoulders (and yours) that we can take away. By outsourcing your clinical supervision, travel time is eliminated, as well as mileage reimbursement and other expenses associated with driving to another location for clinical supervision.  

Compliance is another hurdle mental health organizations must overcome. Every state has different laws regarding supervision, which can be confusing and overwhelming to navigate for pre-licensed therapists and agencies alike. Motivo removes the complexity in compliance – even in states that require in-person supervision. If you have a staff member needing supervision, our goal is to make a quality match that fits their unique needs, taking the pressure off your organization. And if you’re not sure about the laws in your state, we have a Compliance Specialist on staff that can provide board resources and contacts for you!

The benefits of outsourcing clinical supervision

Outsourcing may seem like a daunting endeavor at first. It can be difficult to know who to trust with such an essential part of your organization. Here are four reasons why you should consider outsourcing your clinical supervision practice:

  1. Find the right fit: The factors that make a supervisee comfortable with their supervisor may not exist within your organization. This is not to say that your employees lack supervisory skills. Some trainees have specific needsthat may not be currently available. We have the supervisor match for you if, for instance, your organization lacks an employee with a specific licensure type or a supervisee prefers someone with a different cultural background.
    • Motivo’s platform offers a community of nearly 1,000 vetted supervisors from diverse backgrounds. If a supervisor/supervisee relationship isn’t working out for whatever reason, we will find another match – and repeat as needed until we find the right fit for your staff member.
  2. Eliminate mileage reimbursement: Our founder spent a year driving two hours to the closest supervisor to meet her clinical supervisory requirements. That was 2 hours on her schedule that could have been spent in a more productive and profitable scenario – seeing clients. A situation like this could make a clinician feel burned out before becoming fully licensed. There’s an easier way.
    • Motivo eliminates this stress. We provide supervision that does not require travel, which in some cases could save many hours a week for the supervisee.  In the rare case that state laws require in-person supervision, we will find someone nearby so you can free up your internal resources and focus on other high-priority objectives.
  3. Increase revenue and staff productivity: Outsourcing clinical supervision means your licensed staff will have more time to focus on providing care to their current patients. It allows your counselors to be more engaged, which keeps clients satisfied. It allows them to accept more patients, boosting your bottom line. 
  4. Streamline compliance: Another benefit of using Motivo is that we track all supervised hours for your employees, so they don’t have to, granting more dedicated time to servicing clients. We ensure that supervisors are marking attendance and completing notes according to the organization’s needs.

How Motivo can help your practice

At Motivo, our goal is to remove the stress of clinical supervision requirements from your organization. We want you and your staff to focus only on the business of helping people. Tell us what you need in terms of supervision, and we’ll take care of the rest. This includes:

  • Researching supervision requirements in your state. 
  • Finding a supervisor to match your needs.
  • Verifying the supervisor’s credentials.
  • Tracking supervised hours.
  • Eliminating or minimizing mileage reimbursement.
  • Saving your company time and resources.
  • Matching your supervisee with the right supervisor based on modality and specialty

If you provide mental health services to your community, clinical supervision is our speciality. We work with mental health centers, hospital systems, private clinics, digital health apps, non-profit organizations, treatment centers, and health plans. Each organization is assigned a care team that becomes familiar with your internal processes and specific needs. We have supervisors in nearly all 50 states with diverse backgrounds, licensure, and certification types. Our supervisors can provide supervision for the following professions:

  • Social Workers: (LCSW, LMSW, LICSW, etc.)
  • Professional Counselors: (LPC, LPCC, LCPC, etc.)
  • Mental Health Counselors: (LMHC, LCMHC, etc.)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: (LMFT, LCMFT, etc.)
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors: (CADC, CSAC, LADC, LCACD, LCAS, MAC, etc)
  • Behavior Analysts: (BCBA, LBA)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor Mentors
  • Registered Play Therapy Supervisors (RPT-S)

Don’t see the license or certification type you need on this list? Ask us anyway! We’re continually growing and adding new supervisors to our community.

Contact Us

Motivo makes clinical supervision easy. Our platform connects therapists with vetted clinical supervisors, freeing your licensed staff to focus on your main priority: helping others. If you have any questions, please reach out and ask how our services can make your organization more efficient.

And to learn more about partnering with Motivo, head on over to the clinical supervision for employers page. We look forward to connecting with you!

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