Clinical Supervision from Two Perspectives – the Recipient and the Provider

As a counselor, have you ever asked yourself: Is this what clinical supervision is supposed to be?”. Or, as a clinical supervisor, do you sometimes question your effectiveness in promoting best practices with your supervisees? This workshop will assist you in answering these questions as we explore the fundamental practices of meaningful, effective clinical supervision (not to be confused with administrative supervision) in the treatment of substance use disorders. As a supervisee, we’ll discuss what you might expect and some aspects of self-advocacy as a means of assuring that those that you serve receive the very best that you have to offer. As a supervisor, we’ll explore those essential elements that comprise meaningful clinical supervision and the implied measurements for success for both you and your supervisees.


Thomas M. Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS

With more than 30 years of providing direct service as a clinician, clinical supervisor and program executive director, Tom Baier currently provides consultation in the areas of substance abuse treatment, medication assisted treatment and psychiatric rehabilitation as well as providing training and education to direct service personnel. He serves as adjunct faculty for the Drexel University College of Nursing & Health Professions in the behavioral health tract. Mr. Baier is a three-term past president of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) where he also serves on the education committee and sits on the ethics and finance committees. Tom is the 1991 recipient of the Lorraine Hinkle Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the field of drug and alcohol treatment awarded by Villanova University and holds a Master’s degree in Human Services (MHS), is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and holds PA State Certificates as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS).

In addition to having served as a substance abuse counselor, clinical supervisor and human services program administrator, Mr. Baier remains actively involved in several workforce development initiatives designed to promote careers in treating substance abusers. As a program surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Tom is involved in the promotion of substance abuse treatment best practice standards on the national level. His current focus is the implementation of evidence based practices in medication assisted treatment for opiate abuse and the implementation of meaningful clinical supervision.