TAP 21A: Competencies for Clinical Supervisors
SAMHSA’s Knowledge Application Program (KAP) recently released Technical Assistance Publication
(TAP) 21-A, Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors.
The publication provides practical, user-friendly lists of the competencies necessary for effective
clinical supervision in substance abuse treatment programs. Step-by-step guidelines explain how
to structure supervisory elements of both state and private treatment systems.
Competencies are presented in two parts—foundation areas and performance domains.
Foundation areas include leadership, critical thinking, and organizational management and administration.
Performance domains identify specific responsibilities, such as counselor development and performance
evaluation, that are essential to protecting client welfare, improving services, developing a
competent staff, and fulfilling an organization’s mission and goals.
For a free print copy, contact SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
at 1 (800) 729-6686 (English), 1 (877) 767-8432 (Español), or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). Request
publication number (SMA) 07-4243.
This publication also is available for free download from SAMHSA’s
Web site at http://kap.samhsa.gov/products/manuals/pdfs/
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