This page contains information on the definitions and rules of social work supervision, as well as sample supervision logs, and how to request an exception to the supervision rules due to hardship.
Definitions of Social Work Supervision
From Ohio Administrative Code 4757-23-01:
This rule applies to all social work assistants; to all social workers employed in a private practice, partnership, or group practice; to all social workers engaged in social psychotherapy; and to all social workers seeking licensure as independent social workers.
(A) Definitions of social work supervision:
(1) "Clinical supervision" of social workers performing social psychotherapy and social workers employed in a private practice, partnership, or group practice means the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the supervisee's performance; professional guidance to the supervisee; approval of the supervisee's intervention plans and their implementation; the assumption of responsibility for the welfare of the supervisee's clients; and assurance that the supervisee functions within the limits of their license. The assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan, revisions to the treatment plan and transfer or termination shall be cosigned by the supervisor and shall be available to the board upon request.
(2) "Training supervision" means supervision for the purposes of obtaining a license and/or development of new areas of proficiency while providing services to clients. The training supervisor is responsible for providing direction to the supervisee, who applies social work theory, standardized knowledge, skills, competency, and applicable ethical content in the practice setting. The supervisor and the supervisee both share responsibility for carrying out their role in this collaborative processes of professional growth and development. Training supervision may be individual supervision or group supervision. Supervision must start with an initial face to face meeting after which communication may be in person, via videoconferencing, or by phone.
(a) "Individual supervision" means contact between a supervisor and an individual supervisee in a private session wherein the supervisor and supervisee deal with problems unique to the practice of that supervisee.
(b) "Group supervision" means contact between a supervisor and a small group (not to exceed six supervisees) in a private session wherein practice problems are dealt with that are similar in nature and complexity to all supervisees in the group.
(B) Clinical supervision requirements.
(1) A social worker engaged in social psychotherapy in an agency setting shall be supervised by an independent social worker, a licensed professional clinical counselor, an independent marriage and family therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a registered nurse with a master's degree with a specialty in psychiatric nursing.
(2) A social worker working as an employee of a partnership, group or private practice shall be supervised in all practice of social work by a supervisor listed in paragraph (B)(1) of this rule.
(C) Training supervision of licensed social workers by licensed independent social workers with a supervision designation requires the supervisor to:
(1) Have demonstrated competence in the area in which they are supervising;
(2) Have training in supervision theory and practice;
(3) Have training in legal and ethical issues relevant to counseling, psychosocial interventions and social psychotherapy;
(4) Complete and forward to the board all supervision evaluation forms required by the board within thirty days of receipt of the form from a supervisee.
(D) Requirements for social work professional training supervision to qualify for licensure as an independent social worker:
(1) One hour of individual and/or group supervision for each twenty hours of work by the supervisee with no less than one hundred fifty hours total.
(2) Employment experience obtained, that is required for licensure as an independent social worker, shall be supervised by an independent social worker. Employment experience obtained after September 1, 2008, that is required for licensure as an independent social worker, shall be supervised by an independent social worker with supervision designation.
(3) Records of training supervision shall be maintained by the supervisee and made available to the board upon request. The supervision records shall contain information concerning the dates of supervision, content and goals of supervision. The supervisor shall sign the supervision records at least quarterly to document their review.
(4) There shall be no direct family relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee if the experience is to be counted toward the fulfillment of the licensure requirement.
(5) Certification that the requirements of this rule have been met shall be submitted by the applicant on a form designated by the board at time of licensure application.
(6) If the training supervision is occurring in Ohio, the supervisee and the supervisor shall be licensed in Ohio.
(7) Requests for exceptions to this rule, due to hardship, shall be made in writing to the committee.
(E) Requirements for social work professional training in supervision to qualify for a training supervision designation:
(1) Only independent social workers who have obtained a training supervision designation shall provide training supervision. Applicants for training supervision designation shall apply on forms required by the board and shall document at least the following requirements.
(a) One year post licensure experience as an independent social worker; and
(b) Training in supervision of at least nine hours of continuing education in committee approved supervision programs or one master's level supervision course, which shall be completed as follows: between the date the applicant received the independent social worker and the date the applicant is applying for the supervision designation using continuing education training; or complete a master's level supervision course from an accredited university within the last three years.
(2) All independent social workers with training supervision designation shall maintain supervisory status by obtaining three hours of social workers professional standards committee approved continuing professional education in supervision or a master's level course in supervision each renewal period.
(3) If the minimum of nine hours of academic preparation is continuing education coursework, it shall be board approved. The continuing education coursework in social work training supervision shall include each area as follows:
(a) The coursework shall total nine clock hours of didactic and interactional instruction; and
(b) The coursework shall contain content that satisfies the following learning objectives.
(i) The participant will become familiar with the major models of supervision for social work;
(ii) Gain skills to develop a personal model of supervision, drawn from existing models of supervision;
(iii) Understand the co-evolving dynamics of licensee-client and supervisor-licensee-client relationships;
(iv) Explore distinctive issues that arise in supervision;
(v) Address the contextual variables in practice such as culture, gender, ethnicity, power and economics;
(vi) Become familiar with the ethical, legal and regulatory issues of supervision; and
(vii) Understand the role of evaluation in supervision.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 5/24/2018 and 07/03/2023
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.27, 4757.28
Rule Amplifies: 4757.27, 4757.28
Prior Effective Dates: 02/24/1986 (Emer.), 05/22/1986, 07/03/1997, 09/20/2002, 09/20/2007, 11/02/2008, 10/18/2009, 09/01/2011, 11/03/2014/18/2009, 09/01/2011, 11/03/2014
Social Work Supervision Hardship Request
To request exceptions to the above rule due to hardship, please use the form below. Be aware that very few exceptions are granted. If you are considering submitting a hardship request, you may wish to contact a member of the social work licensing staff to discuss your request.