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What is a Supervisor Looking for in an Intern?

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I remember being so excited when I finally found out that my full license had been processed and published!  This was before the State was doing anything online, so I had to call every Friday (that was the only day they processed LPCs) and see if mine was done.  I had been working so long for that day to come.  Each milestone felt like such a feat of accomplishment:  finishing grad school, getting my temporary license, getting all my hours, passing the exam (that was how it used to be done!) and NOW, FINALLY getting my full license.

Then I suddenly had this immense feeling of “now what?”  I quickly realized, my next goal was to become an LPC-Supervisor.  Part of this was probably because I had at least one that was not so good and I had to “fire” so to speak.  The other reason was definitely because I wanted to pay it forward.  I wanted others to be able to learn from my mistakes.  I wanted there to be good options out there for Supervisors, because I had been really blessed with a couple of mine.  In January, I will have been a Supervisor for 12 years.  Here are some of the things I look for when deciding if I want to take on an intern.

What does a Supervisor look for?

  • First and foremost, I treat the initial meeting like an interview.  I expect them to dress like a professional and I always give one simple task so ensure they can follow directions.  This is usually as simple as “bring a copy of your resume.”
  • I am also looking for someone who is punctual.  If they are going to be late, I need a phone call.  This shows ability to plan and respect for time.
  • What are their goals?  Both professionally and personally?  What is their plan to meet these goals? This will show you motivation.
  • Even though they have limited experience at this point, what population do they want to work with?  Is it something I am comfortable with as a supervisor?  Do I know enough to be helpful?
  • Do they ask me questions?  They should be interviewing me as well!  Not every supervisor is a good fit for every intern.
  • Are they willing to learn? And what do they want to learn?  If they think they know it all already, they cannot and will not learn.

In summary, I am looking for someone that I am willing to put my license on the line for on a daily basis.  I need someone who is reliable and will keep me in the loop with difficult or tricky cases.  I don’t want any surprise subpoenas to show up in court about a case I am not aware of the details! Each Supervisor/Intern relationship is different.  Make sure you find the one that is the right fit for you. If you are in the process of finding a supervisor, I am currently taking on new interns. I’d be happy to set up an initial visit to see if we are a good match! Call us at 832-421-8714 or email us.

 

Author is Sydney Lucas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help her clients reach a more balanced life. Sydney works with adults and teens. She can also provide Christian Counseling upon request.

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