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 and Tennessee in the specialties of professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and pastoral psychotherapy:

  • NC: LPCS, LMFT, CFBPPC

  • SC: LPC, LPCS, LMFT, LMFTS

  • TN: LPC(MHSP), LMFT, LPT

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

  • Diplomate, America Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)

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

  • Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

  • 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: the parish, mental health centers, mental and general hospitals, prisons, work place, EAP, college campuses., private practice, pastoral psychotherapy center network. Since 1980 he has supervise more than 1200 interns, residents and supervisors in training in completing one or more licenses and professional credentials based upon their respective supervisory covenant.

Dr. Pruett has been executive director and director of training for a number of psychotherapy programs in the Southeastern United States, written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters in supervision and training, and lectures 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 (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) in Spartanburg South Carolina 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) and he helped foster the development of the Converse College MFT graduate program 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 gave him 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 in 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 in its attunement to each person in the uniqueness of one’s story and its accompanying song. Psychotherapy and supervision isomorphicaly 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 within the context of 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 on 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 has emailed ahead case material based upon a completed supervisory template which includes case history and summary with focused learning questions pertinent to one’s supervisory covenant, a verbatim of the video/audio tape segment, and the completed self-supervision form for the tape segment

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

The same dynamics occur in this context as in individual supervision except there are two supervisees and each must present. Thus, in order to have time to present adequately 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 if schedules can be coordinated. 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 same dynamics occur in this context 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 always 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 the clear understanding of how progress shall 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. There is shared responsibility for accuracy in the supervisee’s maintaining of all clinical logs and Dr. Pruett’s review and signature for the actual work.

Do you wish to contact Dr. Pruett to discuss clinical supervision, please phone him at 704-577-5862 or email him at jameslmfts@gmail.com. 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. He also may discuss with you the applicability of \his supervision to other states.

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