Clinical Supervision

in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dynamic, Supportive, & Fun Supervision

for Florida Registered Interns

Congrats, becoming a Registered Intern is super exciting! You finally get to put the skills you learned in grad school into practice.

Get ready to navigate a whole new world within the mental health filed with lots of unexpected twists and turns along your professional development journey. It's really important that you have a strong system of support around you during the next few years. There will be amazing moments and really tough ones too. 

According to research, novice clinicians are most at risk for compassion fatigue and burnout, so it's vital to have a qualified supervisor that you feel comfortable with who can help you successfully navigate this journey toward licensure. 

Supervision is an invaluable resource for novice clinicians setting you up for long-term success. Supervision should support you where you are now while also preparing you for the next steps along your professional journey such as opening up a private practice or program in the future or becoming a supervisor one day.  

What is Clinical Supervision?

Clinical supervision is a process of providing training, oversight, and education by a licensed clinician to a clinical trainee. Supervision often takes the form of regular meetings between the supervisor and supervisee to discuss details regarding session content, develop and refine specific clinical skills, and process difficult or stressful components of clinical training.


Supervision is an essential component of one’s professional development and occurs throughout the duration of training.

Supervision for Florida

Chapter 491 Clinicians 

In the state of Florida, Chapter 491 Clinicians (Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns, Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Interns, and Registered Clinical Social Work Interns) are required to accrue 1,500 supervised clinical hours in the span of no less than 2 years. This is a serious commitment and considerable thought and care needs to be used when deciding on how to accrue the supervised hours.


What is this clinician’s expertise? What are their clinical experiences? What model or approach to supervision does the clinician utilize? Clinical supervision is an investment, and the importance of making informed decisions when it comes to supervision cannot be stressed enough.

Supervision for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns with Dr. Mandelkorn

Clinical supervision is a critical aspect of one’s clinical training. I am a Qualified Supervisor for individuals who are Mental Health Counselor (MHC) Registered Interns who require supervision for their clinical work.


I value the journey of supervision and I find each supervisor-supervisee relationship to be rewarding and progressive for both the supervisor and supervisee. I work hard to develop and maintain a safe space for supervision to occur. Effectiveness in supervision includes genuineness and openness, as well as predictable, consistent expectations and standards of evaluation. 


I use a developmental model of supervision that focuses on three main components: normative, formative, and restorative. Normative components refer to areas related to the governing laws and standards of therapy. Formative aspects involve the application of knowledge and skills of a specific therapeutic approach. And restorative components refer to emotional and psychological impact of working in the field of mental health.


Trainees vary in their training experiences and personal attributes, and these differences lead to varying strengths and growth edges. Early in the supervision, I gather information regarding the trainee’s previous training experiences, assess the trainee’s skills and needs, and establish the frame of the supervision. I employ didactic and psychoeducational components when clinical knowledge and skills acquisition are needed. I also use process components when addressing difficult, emotional clinical content.


During the course of building a supervisor-supervisee relationship, I strive to create a warm, welcoming environment. This not only facilitates a connection between the supervisor and supervisee, it also provides a safe and non-judgmental place to explore and refine the trainee’s strengths and growth edges. I use de-identified case examples to provide context when explaining clinical theory and practice, reading materials when appropriate, and strategies to manage difficult emotional aspects of the clinical training.


Registered interns can expect an enriching and engaging supervision experience. Supervisees can expect a consistent, warm, and structured approach to supervision. Supervisees receive education and information on evidence-based treatment approaches, guidance and feedback with their clinical cases, and a safe professional relationship to approach work-related stresses and compassion fatigue. Many of my previous supervisees expressed increased knowledge and confidence in their clinical skills.


If you’d like more information, or if you are seeking a Florida qualified supervisor in pursuit of your license as a mental health counselor, please contact me at 954-380-8980 or via email at to arrange a free consultation.


In addition, visit my page for more information about my services. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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