Minimizing Vicarious Liability in Clinical Supervision

Green Clock Hours: 2.25

Clinical supervision is an essential component of training and competency development for behavioral health providers and a primary vehicle for assuring that clients receive high-quality care. Clinical supervisors typically oversee the work of clinicians who are early in their careers with limited clinical experience. As such, clinical supervisors carry a tremendous responsibility to ensure that the clients of these novice clinicians are receiving competent, thorough, and ethical care. Liability issues can be among the more stressful aspects of providing clinical supervision. Not only do supervisors need to be concerned with whether their actions cause direct harm to a supervisee or client, but they also need to be aware that they are subject to vicarious liability, where they are held responsible for the actions of their supervisee. This can expose the supervisor to licensing board complaints and potential lawsuits. In reviewing claims data, a liability insurance carrier found that allegations involving supervision were among the top three most common and costly types of adverse incidents affecting counselors (CNA and Healthcare Providers Service Organization, 2019). This course will explain the common sources of vicarious liability and ways that clinical supervisors can reduce their risks through effective supervision practices. While this course cannot provide you with the legal expertise to determine which specific circumstances will expose you to potential risk, we will explore the common factors that elevate risk and supervision strategies you can use to reduce your risk of vicarious liability. Completely eliminating the risk of liability claims is not possible, however, delivering quality supervision that meets established professional standards may reduce risk.

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Clinical supervision is an essential component of training and competency development for behavioral health providers and a primary vehicle for assuring that clients receive high-quality care. Clinical supervisors typically oversee the work of clinicians who are early in their careers with limited clinical experience. As such, clinical supervisors carry a tremendous responsibility to ensure that the clients of these novice clinicians are receiving competent, thorough, and ethical care. Liability issues can be among the more stressful aspects of providing clinical supervision. Not only do supervisors need to be concerned with whether their actions cause direct harm to a supervisee or client, but they also need to be aware that they are subject to vicarious liability, where they are held responsible for the actions of their supervisee. This can expose the supervisor to licensing board complaints and potential lawsuits. In reviewing claims data, a liability insurance carrier found that allegations involving supervision were among the top three most common and costly types of adverse incidents affecting counselors (CNA and Healthcare Providers Service Organization, 2019). This course will explain the common sources of vicarious liability and ways that clinical supervisors can reduce their risks through effective supervision practices. While this course cannot provide you with the legal expertise to determine which specific circumstances will expose you to potential risk, we will explore the common factors that elevate risk and supervision strategies you can use to reduce your risk of vicarious liability. Completely eliminating the risk of liability claims is not possible, however, delivering quality supervision that meets established professional standards may reduce risk.

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