Introduction to the Supervision Contract


This document is intended to establish parameters of supervision and provide clarity of supervisor responsibilities including the responsibility of supervisor to protect the client.


A copy of this contract will be held by both the supervisor and supervisee. This contract will change as and when necessary, with the prior consultation between both parties.


Competency Expectations


• It is expected that supervision will occur in a competency-based framework.

• A relationship will be established based on a supportive supervisory alliance.

• Supervisee will develop self-evaluation skills and assess clinical competencies (knowledge, skills and values/attitudes).

• Supervision will provide opportunities for the continuing development of emotional and systemic awareness.


Context of Supervision


Supervision is process-oriented with the focus being on self-awareness in the therapeutic/facilitation process, and focus on personal experiences are used to develop personal insights and enhance professional skills.




• Feedback will be provided throughout the supervision process.

• The supervisor is recognized as a senior counsellor meeting competency-level criteria in the therapeutic process. 

• Supervision records and evaluative measures will be held on file with the supervisor and/or supervisee.


Procedural Aspects




• Although only the information which relates to the client is strictly confidential in supervision, the supervisor will treat supervisee disclosures with discretion.

• There are limits of confidentiality for supervisee disclosures. These include ethical and legal violations, indication of harm to self and others (and others as specific to the setting), and court-ordered requests for records and information.




• Every effort should be made to resolve any conflict, within supervision.


• In exceptional circumstances, where this cannot be achieved, the supervisee has the recourse to the supervisor’s supervisor and/or regulatory body/counselling association.


Recording Mechanisms


Reporting forms will be emailed in monthly by supervisee, and stored by both parties. A copy will be held on file with the supervisor and supervisee’s file(s).


Supervisor’s Scope of Competence:


Shelley Klammer has worked full time in the art therapy profession from 2002-2014 and in private counselling practice since 2010. She graduated from a three year post graduate program in transpersonal counselling psychology in 2010, and has completed many certifications and trainings over the years, including Focusing Psychotherapy.


Since 2012 she has been supporting art therapists, counsellors and art facilitators to introduce creative art and narrative therapy based modalities into their private practice through experiential self-study.


Shelley is passionate about providing a space for counsellors and creative facilitators entering and existing in the field to connect to their own intuition and personal creativity in order to succeed in their personal and professional pursuits.


She also provides supervision, coaching, counselling and guidance for new therapists, supporting them to envision their authentic contribution and private practice goals. She supports new counsellors to move through blocks to moving forward in the therapy profession. 


Specializing in sexual, physical, mental, emotional struggles, loss & grief, eating disorders, women's issues, career transition and trauma, she works with individuals, using a variety of creative techniques and assessments. 


Rights and Responsibilities of Supervisee


A) Upholds and adheres to a strict Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics.

B) Receives supervisor’s attention, ideas and guidance and responds non-defensively to supervisor feedback.

C) Sets part of the agenda and prepares to present client cases, session notes, records, treatment planning, and art facilitation directives.

D) Brings to supervision personal factors, transference, countertransference, and parallel process and is open to discussion of these. 

E) Identifies goals and tasks to achieve in supervision to attain specific competencies.

F) Identifies specific needs relative to supervisor input and asks questions.

G) Expects supervisor to carry out agreed action or provide an appropriate explanation, within an agreed time frame.

H) Identifies strengths and areas of future development and to have his/her practice development needs met.

I) Understands the liability (direct and vicarious) of the supervisor with respect to supervisee practice and behaviour.

J) Provides information to clients of his/her status as supervisee, the supervisory structure (including supervisor access to all aspects of case documentation and records), and name of the supervisor.

K) Discloses errors, concerns and counselling-practice issues as they arise.

L) Raises issues or disagreements that arise in supervision process to move towards resolution.

M) Provides feedback to supervisor on supervision process and maintains a copy of the supervision records in a secure location.

N) Consults with supervisor in all cases of emergency.

O) Maintains membership in “good standing” with respective regulatory body/counselling association to include holding professional liability insurance.

P) Implements supervisor directives in subsequent sessions or before as indicated.


Rights and Responsibilities of Supervisor


A) Oversees and monitors all aspects of client cases, record keeping and treatment planning.

B) Challenges and problem solves with supervisee and asks questions about practice and client cases.

C) Provides supervisee with constructive feedback on his/her counselling and facilitation competencies.

D) Observes supervisee’s practice and initiates supportive/corrective action as required.

E) Ensures supervision sessions happen as agreed, keeps records of meetings and signs off on the monthly reporting forms.

F) Creates a supervision file for each supervisee containing their supervision records and other documents relating to their counselling practice.

G) Ensures that supervisee is kept up-to-date with current regulations in the therapy profession.

H) Ensures a high level of professionalism in all interactions.

I) Identifies and addresses strains or ruptures in the supervisory relationship and deals with problems as they impact the supervisee’s performance.

J) Supports supervisee and the agreed personal and professional development plan.

The contract may be revised at the request of supervisee or supervisor. The contract will be formally reviewed at quarterly intervals, annually, and more frequently as indicated. Revisions will be made only with consent of supervisee and approval of supervisor.  


Therapists please print, sign, scan and email to shelley@expressiveartworkshops or let me know if you would prefer to e-sign.


Supervision Contract

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