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Professional Clinical Supervision

James (“Jim”) W. Pruett, Ph.D.; D.Min. B.A., Th.M., M.R.E., Ed.S. 

Dr. Jim Pruett holds these state licenses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia in the specialties of professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and pastoral psychotherapy:




  • GA: LPC

In addition to supervising for licensure in these and other states he also supervises for cognate group certification based upon these clinical credentials:


  • Pastoral Psychotherapist/Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Program Trainer, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors)

  • Diplomate in Psychotherapy and Clinical Pastoral Education, Board Certified Chaplain, and Pastoral Counselor, College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP)

  • Professional Member and holds the Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor designations with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Board-Certified- TeleMental Health Provider ((BC-TMH), Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)

  • Board Certified-National Certified Counselor (BC-NCC) and Board Certified-Clinical Mental Health Counselor (BC-CMHC), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)


For more than fifty years Dr. Pruett has offered psychotherapy services in various clinical settings: parishes, mental health centers, mental and general hospitals, prisons, businesses, EAP’s, colleges, private practices, and pastoral psychotherapy center networks. Since 1980 he has supervised more than 1500 interns, residents and supervisors in training in completing one or more licenses and professional credentials.


Dr. Pruett has been Executive Director and Director of Training for a number of psychotherapy programs in the Southeastern United States, written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in supervision and training, and lectured nationally and internationally in supervision, training and leadership. He has taught in and supervised for numerous graduate programs in professional counseling, marriage and family therapy and pastoral psychotherapy.


The Journal for Supervision and Training in Ministry, renamed Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry (vol. 11) contains Dr. Pruett’s theory of supervision that was chosen as the theory paper of the year. Dr. Pruett is the co-founder of WestGate Training and Consultation Network (now known as EMERGE Family Center and Teaching Clinic) that became the first post-degree training program in the Southeast United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). He helped initiate and taught in the Converse College MFT graduate program located in Spartanburg, SC that is also COAMFTE accredited. The South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy honored Dr. Pruett as its 1992 Marriage and Family Therapist of the Year. In 2005 the American Association of Pastoral Counselors honored him with its Distinguished Service Award for leadership in certification standards development. He also is co-author of a chapter in the acclaimed 2015 Springer Press publication PASTORAL COUNSELING which details best practice standards for establishing an integrative psychotherapy training program within a complex hospital system.


​Dr. Pruett is committed to walking with the next generation of psychotherapists and supervisors as they form. His approach is integrative and empathic and is in attunement to each person in the uniqueness of his/her story and its accompanying song. Psychotherapy and supervision isomorphically is not what one does to or for someone but rather what is experienced together and between in the clinical moment in the context of mutual learning with deep respect and mutuality. The supervisory goal is the psychotherapist or supervisor’s intentional, integrated use of self as an artist and scientist in the clinical moment out of one’s own inner locus of authority, informed by one’s own theory of practice and grounded in the literature of one’s field.


There are three forms of clinical supervision that state licensure boards and cognate groups accept: (1) individual supervision; (2) triadic supervision; and (3) group supervision. Clinical supervision is always distinguished from administrative supervision. Consulting their respective websites is wise. The following is a description of the modalities of clinical supervision.


  • Individual supervision is a 1:1 meeting of a supervisee and the supervisor.


The supervisee emails in advance case material based upon a completed supervisory template with focused learning questions pertinent to one’s supervisory covenant, a verbatim of the video/audio tape segment, and the self-supervision form for the tape segment


  • Triadic supervision is a meeting of two supervisees and a supervisor.


The same dynamics occur in this modality as in individual supervision except there are two supervisees and each must present. The time met is doubled. Each person pays for half of the time but both get two hours of individual supervision. This arrangement typically makes the cost of supervision more cost effective and often increases the learning opportunity. In triadic supervision the two supervisees must be at the same level of formation.


  • Group supervision is three or more persons and a supervisor.


The case submission occurs in this modality as in individual and triadic supervision. State licensure boards and cognate groups differ regarding how many participants can be in such groups. Some focus on a limited number of cases and others on a variety of cases. The group contracts such matters at the outset.


Each supervisory relationship is based upon a supervisory covenant that is developed with Dr. Pruett. The supervisory covenant includes the state licenses and cognate groups certifications pursued, a signed agreement with the clinical site where one’s clinical services are rendered, documented maintenance of ongoing liability insurance, formulation of learning goals, and how progress will be observed and determined.


The nature and terms of the covenant by agreement shall be a matter of ongoing conversation. Time shall be allocated for both the preparation and processing of any reports to be submitted to any licensure board or cognate group. Dr. Pruett and the supervisee share responsibility for the accuracy of the supervisee’s maintaining accurate clinical and supervisory logs for his signature.


​If you wish to contact Dr. Pruett to discuss clinical supervision, please phone him at 980-399-5118 or email him at To learn about Dr. Pruett’s philosophy and approach to clinical supervision please click View Disclosure Statement.


If you have questions regarding the state licensure boards or cognate groups for which Dr. Pruett provides clinical supervision, please click View Clinical Resources below. You also may discuss with Dr. Pruett the applicability of his supervision to other states as therein noted in Diversification of the Supervisory Hour.

If you desire to enroll in the Bridgepath Psychotherapy and Supervision Training Program, please click the appropriate tab below and email completed applications with supportive information to

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