Introduction, Implementation Guidelines, Foundation Areas, and Performance Domains (TAP Series 21-A, Sections I, II, III, and IV): From Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors (TAP Series 21-A)

About the Course:

Clinical supervision is much discussed in the professional literature of several disciplines. Theories, process dynamics, and tools abound, but the functional responsibilities and essential skills of the substance use disorder treatment supervisor had not been synthesized into one document that could serve as a standard for the field. A competency-based model, as presented in this document, provides a framework for understanding, learning, and implementing the multiple functions and tasks of clinical supervision.

Course materials are from Sections I, II, III, and IV, found on pages 1 to 36 of pdf document (pages 1-40 if using Adobe toolbar page finder.) Course materials can be accessed either 1) online or by ordering the publication free of charge from:


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about competencies for substance abuse treatment clinical supervisors. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the need for a comprehensive treatment of the functional responsibilities and essential skills of a substance use disorder treatment clinical supervisor.

  2. Discuss implementation guidelines for needed supervisory competencies at both the agency and state levels.

  3. Identify competencies in foundational areas, including theories, roles, and modalities of clinical supervision, leadership, supervisory alliance, critical thinking, and organizational management and administration.

  4. Describe competencies in performance domains, including counselor development, professional and ethical standards, program development and quality assurance, performance evaluation, and administration.

Course Article

Exam questions are from Section I through Section IV.

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Course Number: 101681
Total Credit Hours: 4cr
Exam Fee: $27.88
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