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Clinical Supervision

Sunrise Children’s Services (Sunrise) strives to have a clinical staff that meets the highest professional standards. All Sunrise staff persons in a professional clinical position are expected to obtain the highest professional credential available in their field of practice, including but not limited to licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional clinical counselor, nurse with a master’s degree and psychiatric certification, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified professional art therapist, or certified fee-based pastoral counselor. To this end, Sunrise will strive to make clinical supervision available to staff either through the staff person’s direct supervisor, with an in-house clinical supervisor, or Sunrise will assist with finding/obtaining a contracted clinical supervisor.

Sunrise will assist employees to obtain clinical supervision either at the employee’s workplace or at a designated agency location. If a Sunrise employee is not available to provide clinical supervision for an individual staff person, Sunrise will assist the employee in contracting with someone in the community to provide this supervision.

Sunrise job descriptions identify positions in which professional clinical credentials are required to fulfill the duties of the position. A prospective employee must have documented verification of having the required credential.

Program Directors will monitor the provision of clinical supervision for staff in their programs. This monitoring will include arranging supervision with existing agency staff, or with an agency approved contract clinical supervisor, arranging clinical supervision within the employee’s work schedule if possible, and ensuring that the clinical supervision takes place per the written plan. Any concerns by the identified clinical supervisor regarding an employee’s work performance and level of clinical performance will be discussed with the employee and his or her immediate supervisor in order for a plan to be developed for correcting the concern.

Employees requiring clinical supervision to meet minimum regulations for job-related functions may receive supervision under the following conditions:

  • Employees filling jobs requiring credentials who do not have them must be approved by the appropriate Vice President before an offer of employment with a plan to obtain the required supervision for the required credentials.
  • Sunrise may reimburse new employees requiring clinical supervision as provided by this policy. Employees needing supervision may begin receiving reimbursement for individual and group supervision immediately and must complete the supervision within three (3) years.
  • Sunrise will reimburse employees needing clinical supervision, as a requirement for their job, up to $2,500 annually with a maximum reimbursement of $5,000.
  • Human Resources will provide supervision reimbursement expenses from the credentialing budget. Other supervision expenses, including travel and meals, are not reimbursable by Sunrise.

All professional license and certification fees related to the performance of the employee’s job will be reimbursed from the Human Resources credentialing budget with approval from the employee’s line of supervision Vice President. Employees will pay the examination fee and once the employee passes the exam, he/she will be reimbursed the examination fee. Sunrise will only reimburse one examination fee per license or certification. In addition, Sunrise will reimburse the employee for ongoing licensing fees. License/certification-required continuing education units (CEU) may be reimbursed if the CEU training is a part of the employee’s annual continuing education plan to retain licensure and is approved by the employee’s supervisor and appropriate Vice President. The appropriate Vice President and President/CEO may determine other reimbursable expenses for special clinical license/certification as required.

 

Sunrise staff obtaining CEUs at agency expense are expected to remain employed by the agency for the entire time period of the licensure renewal. If the employee leaves employment with the agency within the licensure renewal period, the employee will reimburse the agency for a pro-rated portion of the CEU expenses. Sunrise may have study materials available for a specific license or certification. The appropriate Vice President must approve the purchase or reimbursement of study materials.

 

Sunrise staff obtaining and/or maintaining specialized training and/or certifications specific to their job duties will reimburse the agency for a pro-rated portion of the expense following the supervision reimbursement agreement stated below if the employee leaves the employment of the agency.

Sunrise staff members obtaining specialized training, certification, or clinical credentials (either contracted supervision or supervision provided by Sunrise clinicians) at agency expense are expected, once the training, certification, or clinical credential is obtained, to remain employed by the agency for at least three years. If the employee leaves employment with the agency within the three-year period, the employee will reimburse the agency for a portion of the clinical supervision expenses based on the following scale:

 

  • If the employee leaves employment with the agency 0-12 months after obtaining his/her clinical license/certification, the employee reimburses the agency for 100% of the clinical supervision expenses.
  • If the employee leaves employment with the agency 13-24 months after obtaining his/her clinical license/certification, the employee reimburses the agency for 75% of the clinical supervision expenses.
  • If the employee leaves employment with the agency 25-36 months after obtaining his/her clinical license/certification, the employee reimburses the agency for 50% of the clinical supervision expenses.

The employee is responsible for reimbursing the agency if the clinical supervision is provided by the employee’s supervisor or another Sunrise clinician, at the same rate as the reimbursement for outside supervision per the Reimbursement Agreement. All other training, licensing and credentialing
expenses paid by the agency are subject to this reimbursement requirement.

 

If terminated for any reason before licensing expenses have been “reimbursed through employment,” the employee will reimburse clinical supervision expenses according to the above plan. If reimbursement is due the agency, it will be repaid within 30 days of the employee’s termination date or can be withheld from the employee’s final paycheck.