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The following is a detailed list of the Supervision Domains provided by the Association  of Social Work Boards (ASWB):

LCSW Supervision Domains:

DOMAIN: Supervisory relationship and process

1. Conduct self-assessment (supervisor)

a. Assess supervisory style (Interactional, Learning, Communication, Working)

b. Assess strengths/limits (personal, professional)

c. Assess awareness of professional knowledge and competencies

d. Assess values and attitudes

2. Establish the supervisory relationship

a. Develop contract

i. Clarify purpose of supervision

ii. Clarify goals of supervision

iii. Clarify respective roles, duties, responsibilities

iv. Define structure/method of supervision

v. Determine authority and accountability (for issues such as confidentiality; record keeping; timeliness)

vi. Specify terms of shared supervision (if necessary)

vii. Establish fee structure

viii. Establish length, frequency, and duration of supervision

ix. Determine modality of supervision (face-to-face, individual, group, technology assisted)

x. Maintain documentation for purposes of:

credentialing and/or licensing

tracking supervision process

xi. Specify methods of evaluation

xii. Establish terms of termination

b. Develop an environment that enhances communication and reflects a growing working alliance between supervisor and supervisee

c. Establish and maintain boundaries

d. Monitor and address the impact of relational dynamics

e. Address parallel process

f. Address thoughts, feelings, and behavior

g. Manage conflict/disagreement

h. Manage power and authority

i. Provide constructive feedback

i. Validate effective performance

ii. Offer support in areas that need improvement

j. Solicit/respond appropriately to feedback from supervisee

k. Manage termination process


 DOMAIN: Supervision of supervisee’s practice

1. Integrate into ongoing practice the supervisee’s experience using reflection, analysis, and contextual attributes of the case situation

2. Facilitate the acquisition of advanced social work knowledge in assessment, case planning, intervention, and evaluation

3. Follow up on case planning – investigate/reflect on what happened, and revise plans

a. Identify what’s working

b. Determine what’s problematic and restructure

c. Offer guidance and support for improvement

d. Evaluate

4. Guide/direct supervisee to ensure ethical practices within regulations and laws affecting social work practice

5. Resolve professional ethical dilemmas in providing service to clients

6. Assist supervisee in the appropriate use of advocacy with different systems

7. Develop learning plans with supervisee using (elements such as):

a. Formal case assessments and/or presentations

b. Writing assignments

c. Conference attendance

d. Current research (articles, books)

e. Involvement in professional organizations

f. Creative arts (movies, plays, novels, art therapy, music, museum visits)

8. Follow up on and modify learning plans

9. Address issues of personal safety and risk


DOMAIN: Professional relationships

1. Supervisees and their colleagues

a. Work with supervisee to create collaborative relationships

b. Assist supervisees in developing teamwork skills

2. Recognize and respect socio- cultural differences

a. Advise supervisee on strategies to manage challenges

3. Relationship with other systems (inside/outside the work setting)

a. Clarify/conceptualize the multiple roles and responsibilities of other professions, organizations,

entities, and socio-political environments

b. Develop strategies to work with other organizations/systems


 DOMAIN: Work context

1. Determine whether practice setting policies, procedures, and materials are consistent with social work ethics

2. Educate supervisee in financial practices (on issues such as):

a. Insurance reimbursement

b. Fee setting and collection

c. Financial record keeping

3. Identify impaired professionals

4. Take appropriate action once a determination of impairment is made

5. Monitor use of technology with supervisee (online or telephone supervision; fax; email)

6. Educate supervisees regarding sociocultural sensitivity

7. Assess cultural environment of the practice setting

8. Help supervisees develop strategies to increase wellness, including managing stress


DOMAIN: Evaluation

1. Assess supervisee’s:

a. learning goals

b. level of professional development and experience

c. level of social work knowledge

d. job context (the agency mission, the job description, job history, role within the agency)

e. strengths and challenges

f. learning style

2. Monitor supervisee’s documentation (case plans, treatment plans) for quality, clarity, completeness, content.

3. Perform formative and summative evaluation.

4. Address inappropriate behaviors and take corrective actions.

5. Evaluate supervisee and provide recommendations, as appropriate:

a. To the supervisee

b. To the agency or practice setting

c. To the regulatory board

d. As required by law


DOMAIN: Life-long learning and professional responsibility

1. Promote continuing education to the practice setting

2. Encourage and model:

a. Self-awareness

b. Professional development

c. Professional contributions

d. Professional engagement

e. Professional consultation

3. Remain current in knowledge base of changing professional practice, laws, and regulations

NOTE: Professional supervision means face-to-face consultation between one supervisor and one supervisee consisting of review, periodic written evaluation, and assessment of the supervisee's practice of clinical social work. Clinical Social Work means the application by persons trained in Social Work of established principles of psychosocial development, behavior, psychopathology, unconscious motivation, interpersonal relationships and environmental stress to the evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of biopsychosocial dysfunction, disability and impairment, including mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental and addictive disorders of individuals, couples, families or groups. 

Clinical Social Work includes, but is not limited to, counseling, psychotherapy, behavior modification and mental health consultation.

Verification of this supervision documenting the completion of 100 hours of work experience under professional supervision by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is required to become eligible to take the LCSW Exam. 

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