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LLPC Supervision

LLPC Supervision

Supervision is a process that begins with the relationship formed between the supervisor and the supervisee. This relationship promotes the development of responsibility, skills, knowledge, attitudes, and adherence to ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in the practice of counseling.

Supervision also provides teaching, coaching, and mentoring to the supervisee respectful of the various level of one’s training and academic preparation. Furthermore, supervision incorporates a component of evaluation into supervision which allows counselors in training to grow and develop greater professional competence and increase self-understanding to the counseling profession.
Supervision is a process which is distinguishable from personal psychotherapy. Your personal issues will be addressed in supervision only in terms of the impact of these issues on your professional functioning.
John Sternfels Owner, Counselor

John Sternfels – LLPC Supervisor

Limited License Requirements

The limited license must be obtained prior to beginning post-degree supervised experience in Michigan. Supervised experience completed in Michigan prior to obtaining the limited license cannot be counted toward the requirements for full licensure. Original licenses are valid for a year or less, subsequent renewals are each for a one-year period. In the state of Michigan, Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) are required to receive regular supervision from a qualified LPC until they apply for full licensure. They must complete 3,000 hours of post-degree mental health counseling in no less than a two-year period, and at least 100 of those hours must be spent face-to-face* with their qualified supervisor.

Note: No more than 25 hours may be accrued via 2-way real-time audiovisual technology that allows direct, contemporaneous interaction by sight and sound between the supervisor and the supervisee.

What To Expect

Supervision is a collaborative process between the supervisee and their supervisor, meant to offer LLPCs support and guidance throughout their post-academic training. Those seeking supervision, it is important to choose the right person to help you navigate this new, exciting, and challenging time in your career. Your LLPC supervisor should share your passion and dedication for the practice of counseling and should be someone that you can trust and rely on to help you grow.
John’s LLPC Supervision will provide specific teaching, coaching, and mentoring to the supervisee being respectful of the various level of one’s training and academic preparation. Furthermore, LLPC supervision will incorporate a component of evaluation which allows counselors in training to grow and develop greater professional competence and increase self-understanding to the counseling profession.

Basic LLPC Rules

You may not start counting hours toward your LLPC supervision until the date that your limited license is issued – supervision will start after that date.

At least 3,000 hours of supervised practice must be acquired over not less than a two year period.

At least 100 hours of supervision must be completed in a face-to-face environment with your supervisor.
*Note: Up to 25/100 hours may be completed via telehealth

Your professional disclosure statement shall identify the certified licensed professional counselor under whose supervision the limited licensed counselor’s practice shall be confined.

Your license must remain in good standing throughout your supervision period or the hours you accrued during the lapsed period will not count.

You must continue in supervision from the time that your LLPC license is issued through the time that your LPC license is issued.

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You can learn more about the rules and regulations for licensing via the following LLPC resources:

John’s Supervision Style, Techniques and Theoretical Model

John utilizes an Integrated Developmental Model of supervision. This allows him to address the supervision needs of the professional counselor in training, who may have very different supervision needs. John’s role in supervision involves creating an environment that allows the supervisee to learn and grow, thus fostering movement to the next developmental level as a counselor.

Additionally, John will assist the supervisee to focus on the following skill and knowledge areas: therapeutic processes, personal and interpersonal awareness, conceptualizing treatment, and administrative skills.


Because John has the responsibility with you for the well-being of your clients, it is imperative that you inform him of any and all unusual problematic events you may experience with your clients. Any time you make a mandatory report, John must be informed as soon as possible.


Evaluation is a fundamental component of supervision. It is an ongoing process that is linked to your professional and personal growth. As your supervisor, it will be John’s responsibility to evaluate your clinical work and behaviors that directly or indirectly affect your clients. The evaluation criteria are listed on the “Professional Evaluation Objectives” form that he will provide during your first supervisory session. These criteria serve as goals and objectives of your supervision experience. Evaluation will be a collaborative process wherein your own oral and written self-evaluations will be a beneficial part of the process. You will also be asked to evaluate John and the supervision process.

Supervision Appointments

Supervision (individual or group) sessions take place in John’s office. Individual supervision is scheduled for 50-60 minutes. Group supervision is usually 1½ hours in duration.

John’s Commitment

Supervision can be a deeply rewarding experience and a time of personal and professional growth. John has an unconditional commitment to you to be open and honest, to be focused on your supervision goals and objectives, and to work to assist you to achieve these goals. John will do his best to provide you with a rewarding and satisfying supervision experience.

John’s LPC, NCC, CSAT CCSAS, CMAT, MITS Credentials Education

John completed his M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA. John is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). John’s completed certifications include: Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT); Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS); Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT); Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist (CCSAS).

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Supervision Training

John has obtained his LPC supervision training by successfully completing 30 hours in counseling supervision from The Mentoring Institute, Portage Michigan. His supervision training meets the New 2013 Administrative Rule Changes for LLPC and Supervision which includes the following supervision competencies:

John’s Supervision Style, Techniques and Theoretical Model

New Administrative Rule Changes for LLPC and Supervision (effective 1/1/2013) Important Change:

There is now a deadline for an LLPC to apply for full licensure. The LLPC may be renewed annually for no more than 10 years.

Application requirements; limited licenses; disclosure of supervision requirements.

(1) An application for licensure as a limited licensed professional counselor shall submit a completed application on a form provided by the department, together with the requisite fee, and the professional disclosure statement required under the code. In addition to meeting the requirements of the code and the administrative rules promulgated pursuant thereto, an application shall meet the requirements of this rule.

(2) An applicant for limited license under section 18111 of the code shall establish that the applicant has received a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or student personnel work in a program approved by the board, as specified in R 338.1753.

(3) An applicant shall submit a professional disclosure statement with an application for limited license, as required under section 18113(3) of the code. The limited licensed professional counselor’s professional disclosure statement when provided to the client shall state that the limited licensed professional counselor shall practice under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor. In addition to the requirements under section 18113 of the code, the disclosure statement shall identify the licensed professional counselor who is supervising the limited licensed professional counselor’s practice.

(4) An applicant shall provide for his or her licensed to be verified on a form provided by the department, by the licensing agency of any state of territory of the United States in which the applicant holds a current license or ever held a license as a professional counselor. Verification includes, but is not limited to, showing proof of any disciplinary action taken or pending disciplinary action imposed upon the applicant.

(5) Effective January 1, 2012, a limited license may be renewed annually, but for no more than 10 years. In cases of hardship, the board may consider a request for an extension of this time period.

New LPC supervisors (those who begin to provide supervision after January 1, 2013) must have completed specific training in supervision, meeting specific content and hour requirements.

(2) Training in the function of counseling supervision shall include both of the following requirements:

(a) Include 1 of the following as specialized training:
(i) 2 semester hours of graduate credit in training in counseling supervision.
(ii) 30 contact hours of workshop training in counseling supervision.
(b) The specialized training specified in subrule (2)(a) of this rule shall include studies in all of the following topics:

(i) Roles and functions of counseling supervisors.
(ii) Models of counseling supervision.
(iii) Mental health-related development.
(iv) Methods and techniques in counseling supervision,
(v) Supervision relationship issues.
(vi) Cultural issues in supervision.
(vii) Group Supervision.
(viii) Legal and ethical issues in counseling supervision.
(ix) Evaluation of supervisee and the supervision process.

For more information or to request LLPC Supervision at NorthPoint Professional Counseling, call 248.773.8440.