Supervision Simplified

Supervision Simplified

Welcome to Supervision Simplified, the ultimate podcast for mental health clinical supervisors. Join us as we delve into the world of supervision, sharing insightful strategies, captivating stories, and thought-provoking conversations with clinicians seeking, providing, and supporting supervision. Our mission is simple yet powerful: to educate and elevate counselors, social workers, and psychologists, empowering them to serve their communities at the highest level of fidelity and service. The hosts, Valarie Harris and Dr. Amy Parks, both have impressive backgrounds and years of experience in the mental health and supervision field. Both Valarie and Amy own group mental health practices and have supervised hundreds of interns and pre-licensed clinicians. They’re working hard to make supervision simpler and more supportive. They're the gurus of all things supervision, breaking it down in a way that even your grandma could understand.


July 24, 2024 38 mins

In today’s episode of “Supervision Simplified”, we take a deep dive into supervision ‘styles’ and how to find the supervision models that support your goals and supervisory relationships.

We also explore the distinctions between LMFTs and LPCs and dive into the nuances of supervising interns versus those nearing licensure.

Join us for this very insightful and beneficial topic, which we hope will enrich your supervisory roles.

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In today’s episode of “Supervision Simplified”, we are thrilled to welcome our good friend and colleague, Khara Croswaite Brindle, co-founder of the Empowerment Model and the Electronic Supervision Record (ESR), a revolutionary online platform for mental health professionals and financial therapists.

We explore Khara’s fantastic book, ‘The Empowerment Model of Clinical Supervision’, which showcases a dynamic five-part model that sup...

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July 10, 2024 45 mins

Welcome to "Supervision Simplified," your essential podcast for mastering the intricacies of clinical supervision. This episode dives deep into the critical yet often overlooked topic of supervision contracts. Learn why a clear and detailed contract is crucial, even in states where it's not legally mandated, as it sets the foundation for transparent communication and outlines the responsibilities of both supervisors and supervisees...

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In this episode of Supervision Simplified, we are thrilled to welcome Lisa Duez, the dynamic founder of Turning Point Counseling and the inspiration behind the Coalition Connection Conference in Virginia Beach. Lisa shares her impressive journey, including her upcoming adventure walking the Camino in Europe and her inspiring plans for the future.

Join us as she teases her forthcoming book on the EASE Framework of Leadership, discuss...

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June 26, 2024 42 mins

In the second of our special episodes of “Supervision Simplified”, we again bring the discussion “in-house” with another introductory interview with the other half of our co-hosting dream team - Dr. Amy Parks.

Amy shares how her early love of teaching and higher education led to her finding her purpose in supervision and helping nurture future generations of clinicians through the Clinical Supervision Directory. Amy also delves into...

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June 12, 2024 41 mins

In this week’s special episode of “Supervision Simplified”, we bring the discussion “in-house” with an introductory interview with one-half of our amazing co-hosting team - Valarie Harris.

From her early days resolving schoolyard conflicts to building the premier trauma therapy group practice in Tennessee (Trauma & Therapy Center Of Tennessee), you will love Valarie’s energetic and purposeful insight into supervision and the wid...

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As a supervisee, we must connect with as many populations as possible to broaden our skills as emerging clinicians. As our guest today, MacKenzie, perfectly illustrates, we may find a more rewarding experience moving outside our initial focus groups.

So what are the ways we can explore these alternatives?

How does effective supervision help mold our career choices and opportunities?       

In today’s episode of “S...

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We all understand that being ethically sound is one of the most important cornerstones of our profession. Ethical lapses, whether unintentional or not, can have wide-ranging effects on our clients and erode the trust and efficacy of our professional interactions. Instilling a strong sense of ethical duty in our supervisees is therefore essential to elevating our industry.

In this episode of “Supervision Simplified,” Dr. Amy Parks an...

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Professional training and continued education are vital to our ongoing development and understanding, both with our clients and supervisees. But are all accreditations as useful and impactful as we may think? What should we be conscious of when picking our CE programs?

In this episode of “Supervision Simplified,” Dr. Amy Parks and Valerie Harris discuss their favorite continuing education programs, what you should consider from stat...

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How do your generational traits affect your workplace outlook? What considerations should we make when interacting within multigenerational practices? How can we leverage the positive attributes of each generation to provide better supervision outcomes? 

In this episode of “Supervision Simplified,” Dr. Amy Parks and Valerie Harris unpack the complexities of generational characteristics and how we can bridge the differences in ...

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April 10, 2024 44 mins

In this episode of "Supervision Simplified," Dr. Amy Parks and Valerie Harris return with part two of their series on assessment, this time delving into three advanced tools designed to enhance the supervision experience.

These assessments bridge the gap between theory and practice, offering a roadmap for both supervisors and supervisees to navigate the complex landscape of professional development with precision and care. Focused ...

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Are you using assessments to bridge the gap in knowledge and understanding with your supervisees? What important insights can these assessments provide and how can you use them to craft a better supervisory relationship?

In today’s episode, Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie Harris focus on the importance of outside-specific assessments, how to utilize them across your supervisory process, and why continued assessments should be the ‘gold st...

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie Harris discuss the importance of being informed and receptive in both our clinical and supervisory settings and how to draw back our inherent biases by expanding our knowledge and exposure to new and uncomfortable ideas.

Amy and Valarie discuss the parallel process, where to find and source quality news and information, and how to incorporate these ideas and values into your profess...

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March 20, 2024 39 mins

In this episode of “Supervision Simplified,” we explore the extensive skill sets required of today’s supervisors and how broadening these abilities will lead to successful and rewarding outcomes with your supervisees.

Amy and Valarie discuss the “trifecta” of coaching, counseling, and teaching as they relate to Supervision while providing their own experience and guidance for expanding these areas in your supervision program.


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On this week’s episode of "Supervision Simplified,” Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie L. Harris discuss the complexities of interstate licensure, and how the varying designations and state-specific legislations are creating confusion and liability in the supervisory model, as well as the wider mental health profession.

Amy and Valarie cover the tax liabilities of 1099 versus W2 for clinicians, why there should be...

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In today’s episode of “Supervision Simplified,” we are excited to be joined by our amazing friend Jackie Flynn. Jackie is a Registered Play Therapist, as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, helping individuals, groups, and families through Play Therapy and Expressive Arts, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Video Self Modeling, Adolescent Life Coaching, Educational Support, and more.

We discuss the valuable integration of Play Therapy and ...

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February 28, 2024 27 mins

In this episode of "Supervision Simplified," Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie Harris discuss real-life supervision stories, covering the challenges and successes they've encountered. They touch on the difficulties of finding the right supervisor, dealing with mismatches, and the impacts of these relationships on professional growth.

This episode emphasizes the importance of open communication, asking "why" to understand decisions, and the...

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February 21, 2024 27 mins

Dive into "Supervision Simplified" as Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie Harris explore the transformative power of supervision in this compelling episode. They delve into the intricacies of the supervisory relationship, emphasizing trust, respect, and collaboration as foundational elements.

By sharing insights on attunement, continuous learning, and the importance of group dynamics, Amy and Valarie offer a roadmap for both supervisors and ...

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In this "Supervision Simplified" episode, hosts Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie Harris share their paths to becoming clinical supervisors. From their beginnings in school systems and private practice, they delve into the motivations and challenges that shaped their supervisory roles.

They discuss the complexities of licensure, the critical role of mentorship, and their commitment to improving supervision practices. This personal and insig...

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Join us for the first episode of "Supervision Simplified" with hosts Dr. Amy Parks and Valarie Harris as they kick off a groundbreaking journey into the heart of clinical supervision.

This isn't just another podcast; it's a mission to revolutionize how mental health professionals engage with supervision. With stories from the trenches, innovative strategies, and insights from years of experience, Amy and Valarie aim to empower clini...

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