SAMHSA Resource on Clinical Supervision for Substance Abuse Treatment

Clinical supervision has become the cornerstone of quality improvement in the substance abuse treatment field. In addition to providing a bridge between the classroom and the clinic, clinical supervision improves client care, develops the professionalism of clinical personnel, and imparts to and maintains ethical standards in the field.

Organized into three parts, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 52: Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor presents basic information about clinical supervision.

  • Part 1 (for clinical supervisors): Presents basic information about clinical supervision in the substance abuse treatment field and provides a “how to” of clinical supervision. 
  • Part 2 (for program administrators): Helps administrators understand the benefits and rationale behind providing clinical supervision for their program’s substance abuse counselors. 
  • Part 3 consists of three sections: An analysis of the available literature, an annotated bibliography of the literature most central to the topic, and a bibliography of other available literature.

Download parts 1 and 2 (PDF) or order a free print copy. (Part 3 is available online only.)

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