Art-Based Clinical Supervision

Art-Based Clinical Supervision


Are you a therapist or therapist-in-training who is looking for a clinical supervision opportunity? For therapists, mental health counselors, social workers, and psychologists in most areas, clinical supervision is required for getting a professional license. 

These professionals often seek clinical consultation or supervision opportunities for several reasons, such as:

  • Boosting one’s competence, clinical technique, and confidence;
  • Staying current with the latest recommendations for ethical practice;
  • Lifting one’s job satisfaction and morale;
  • Reducing the probability of burnout;
  • Receiving expert guidance for providing effective treatment for certain populations or conditions;
  • Expanding one’s level of accountability when providing counseling services;
  • Meeting organizational or professional standards and guidelines.

Choosing Individual, Group, and/or Remote Clinical Supervision

There are numerous supervision formats, each with its own benefits and boundaries. In order for the clinical supervision to be effective, it has to take into account both the requirements and constraints of the organization and the needs of the individuals when considering the format to be used.Remote art based clinical supervision

Individual Art-Based Clinical Supervision

In some cases, a group environment is not a best-case scenario. For those professionals who spend their day seeing clients and navigation various crises, they may need the individual attention that comes with meeting with a clinician om a one-on-one basis.

With individual art-based supervision, you are free to process the frustrations of your daily work with a clinical supervisor. The ultimate individual art-based supervision gives you a break from the daily focus on others and allows you and the supervisor to focus all the energy on your professional growth.

Group Art-Based Clinical Supervision

Supervision can also be provided in groups; sharing in a group setting: 

  • Gives supervisees an increased sense of support by realizing others have concerns that are similar to those;
  • Helps supervisees find new and better ways of dealing with their own situations by listening to others;
  • Allow supervisees to explore different ideas about how they will solve problems by obtaining feedback from others;
  • Offers a safe environment where individuals can discuss their limitations and problems without criticism;
  • Gives supervisees the opportunity to see the progression of their professional growth through their artwork.

Remote (Online) Art-Based Clinical Supervision Classes

Many clinicians work odd hours, live and work in sparsely populated or rural areas, or are overwhelmed with balancing another obligation to fit into their daily lives. The virtual group allows members to participate by creating art while processing their thoughts and feelings about their work.

Some of the benefits of this type of clinical supervision include:

  • Less expense and fatigue incurred by traveling;
  • Geographical distance for meetings is less of an issue;
  • Easier access to session notes to remember issues and action points;
  • Participants can take notes while the session is in progress;
  • The shorter time required for sessions as meetings are more focused and productive than in face-to-face encounters;
  • Reduced worries about body language being interpreted and general appearance.

Type of Activities used in Art-Based Clinical Supervision

Altered book mixed media artwork Art journaling has long been a staple in the area of art therapy, especially as an approach to assist recovery from loss or trauma, or for stress reduction. One popular type of this is the “altered book”.

Technically, an altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that alters a book from its original form into something different by changing its appearance or intended meaning. The book can be collaged, painted, cut or otherwise altered or transformed in some way and in doing so it becomes a journal of sorts for the supervisee, which allows them to see their progression.

From an art therapy perspective, altering a book can provide a safe way to access emotions, thoughts, and feelings by mimicking the safe space that a group provides. Similar to the process of narrative therapy, it takes the approach a step further by redefining the story through not only words but also images. 

If you are looking for expert clinical supervision opportunities, I offer virtual and in-person individual and group art-based supervision toward your ATR credential. For more information on art-based supervision, please reach out: or call Stephanie at 516-659-0403