New therapists often use the terms “supervision” and “consultation” interchangeably. The problem is that they refer to very different relationships and obligations. Do you know the difference between supervision and consultation?
Supervision is hierarchical. It often occurs
within the context of your schooling, employment or post-graduation when you are attempting to satisfy client contact hours for licensure in your state. If you are under supervision, then you are required to comply with any directives given to you by your supervisor.
Consultation occurs between colleagues or peers and is often used as a way to expand a therapist’s ideas for working with a client. Consultation is also considered a risk management tool but obligates you to take no specific action other than that based on your own professional judgment.