Counselor competencies explain what fully capable counselors can do in clinical practice. Those competencies may be introduced in pre-employment education and training settings, but they are often developed more fully on the job. It is typically the clinical supervisor’s responsibility to mentor counselor development and facilitates the building of new knowledge and skills, not only during counselors’ early years but throughout their careers.

To that end, clinical supervisors in agencies specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders are expected to be knowledgeable and proficient in the addiction counseling competencies.