Advanced Clinical Supervision Program (Post-Masters Nondegree Program)

Coordinator: Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel
Office: University Hall, Room 3215
Phone: (973) 655-5381

Meet NJ Clinical Supervision Requirements and Earn ACS Certificate Hours 


Supervision is a critical component of mental health and addictions counseling. However, the skills required for effective supervision are not the same as those used in counseling and therapy.  Montclair State University’s (MSU) Advanced Clinical Supervision Program offers students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to become effective clinical supervisors and meets the requirements to serve as a “Qualified Supervisor” in the State of NJ (N.J.A.C. 13:34-10.2).  It also prepares students who are interested in pursuing the national Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Certification.  MSU is the only college in NJ to offer this innovative, six-credit program. 

In this program, LPCs can become NJ supervisors while continuing to work on their ACS 100 hours of supervised supervision. Unlike most programs, our program will qualify LPCs to supervise immediately in the State of NJ.

The program combines theory with hands-on practice and takes place in the University’s state-of-the-art clinical facilities.  Coursework includes a variety of topics in clinical supervision, including techniques, models, individual & group supervision, cultural issues, ethical & legal issues, and evaluation.   Students will supervise Master’s counseling students on a regular basis and earn hours that may be used for the ACS certification.  As a graduate level course, the program can also be used towards LPC CEUs. 

The first cohort of this exciting new program begins in Spring 2014.  Classes will meet in a hybrid format, with in-person class meetings taking place on three Saturdays during the Spring semester combined with online study.  


This program is designed to assist participants in obtaining the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) certification from NBCC/CCE. Participants are ultimately responsible for meeting all  NBCC/CCE requirements to obtain the ACS, and will need to apply to NBCC/CCE directly upon completion of the program and required supervision hours.

The Advanced Clinical Supervision Program will cover all required ACS designated content areas, including:

  1. Roles and functions of a clinical supervisor
  2. Models of clinical supervision
  3. Mental health-related professional development
  4. Methods and techniques in clinical supervision
  5. Supervisory relationship issues
  6. Cultural issues in clinical supervision
  7. Group supervision
  8. Legal and ethical issues in clinical supervision
  9. Evaluation of supervisee competence and the supervision process 

Course Requirements:

  1. Theory and Practice in Clinical Supervision (3 credits)
    Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision is a graduate level course that will provide students with a thorough knowledge base of current supervision theory, as well as an overview of the practice of clinical counseling. You will lean the latest research on supervisor skills and qualities that promote effective supervision. Specific attention will be placed on ethical issues, the use of technology, best practice in individual and group supervision, and evaluating supervisee competence to promote client change.  
  2. Practicum in Clinical Supervision (3 Credits) 
    Practicum in Clinical Supervision is a hands-on graduate level course in which students will provide supervision for Master’s level counselors-in-training under the supervision of a faculty member. The knowledge base from the previous course will be used in practical situations, thus helping the student to refine his/her supervision theory and style. The supervision hours accumulated in this course can be applied towards the ACS certification. 

Upon completion of the six-credit program, students will receive a Certificate and Letter of Completion. 


To apply, visit  Application requirements include:

  • Online Application
  • Proof of LPC/LCSW or LPC/LCSW pending (copy of license OR copy of completed Application for LPC/LCSW)
  • $60 Application Fee 

Application and fee may be provided online.  After logging in to the Online Admission Application, choose "Professional Nondegree" for Intended Degree, and then choose "Advanced Clinical Supervision Program" for Special Program.  Copy of license or license application may be submitted to the Graduate School by fax (973-655-7869) or scanned and emailed to

Space in the cohort is limited, so applicants are encouraged to complete the application requirements as soon as possible.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

Additional Information:

For questions about the program, please contact Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel, Graduate Program Coordinator, at