Get your training as part of the requirements toward validation of qualifications needed to supervise master's-level clinicians in NH.

The Supervisor's Qualification Workshop is for clinicians licensed two years or more, in good standing and with no active or pending violations. 

September 23 & 24, 2016

Supervisor's Workshop

Presented by: NHMHCA's President, Ellen Papanikolaou, LCMHC

Holiday Inn

172 N Main Street

Concord, NH

Supervisor’s Qualification Workshop 

Offered on 23/24 September 2016

In July, 2015, the New Hampshire State Board of Mental Health Practice adopted new rules.  In those rules, PART Mhp 302:  APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS sets specific standards for supervision certification.  Some supervisors may already meet the new standards as many have taken steps to meet the new requirement however, there are still some who have not.  Mhp 302 (6) states “A certification that the supervisor has been licensed to practice mental health by the NH board of mental health practice or by the licensing board in another jurisdiction for a minimum of 2 years prior to the date supervision with the candidate is to commence, or, for marriage and family therapists as allowed by Mhp 306.02 (a); (MFTs have specific supervision requirements)

(7)  A certification that the supervisor holds a mental health practitioner license that is current, in good standing and does not have any restrictions;

(8)  A certification that the supervisor is licensed in the same profession for which the candidate seeks licensure;

(9)  A certification that the supervisor has successfully completed one of the following:

a.  A graduate level course in clinical supervision;

b.  A clinical supervision certificate approved by one of the following:

1.  American Association of Pastoral Counselors;

2.  National Association of Social Workers;

3. American Mental Health Counselors Association; or

4. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; or

c.  Twelve  continuing educations units (CEU’s) in clinical supervision prior to entering the supervision relationship meeting the requirement set forth in Mhp 402.02 (a)(1)…


Note: The word “certification” is used here to define a state process wherein an individual is found to be in compliance with state rules as in, this person is certified to have met state standards to be a supervisor.  It is not an additional qualification but rather a recognition and so carries with it no additional title.  Therefore individuals shall not use a contrived title after their name and credentials such as “state certified supervisor.”


The New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors’ Association (NHMHCA) is the New Hampshire affiliate of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and has been authorized to offer this program and certification.  Additionally, the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) authorizes NHMHCA to award CE credit.  Therefore those completing this two day program will have earned the required 12 CEs under state law allowing them to supervise those completing their 3000 hours of pre-licensure work.  Note that this is not a course in corrective supervision but rather pre-licensure supervision.


About this course:

This course is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of supervisory practices, good and bad, applications of current (new) state rules, the differences between corrective supervision and pre-licensure supervision, and general responsibilities of supervisors.  Partial CE credit will not be awarded.  Attendees must participate for the entire two day program in order to earn the required 12 CE credits.  This is because the program is a certification course that also offers CE credit, so the two day program cannot be partially completed because one cannot earn partial certification.


Who should take this course?

There are specific requirements that must be met.  In accordance with current state rules, attendees must hold a mental health practitioner (LCMHC, LICSW, LPC, or LMFT) license that is current, in good standing and does not have any restrictions. Additionally, all attendees must have two years of post-licensure experience.  Note that as this is sponsored by the NHMHCA, non-LCMHCs can expect that while the program supports state supervision certification requirements for all behavioral health disciplines governed by the Board of Mental Health Practice, it will be delivered from a licensed clinical mental health counseling perspective. 


The presenter:

Ellen V. A. Papanikolaou, LCMHC, is a managing partner of Novus Vita Counseling, Pllc, in Manchester, NH, a member and committee member of the American Mental Health Counselors’ Association, adjunct faculty at Southern NH University, and current president of the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors’ Association.  She holds a MA in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision. 


Location and times:

The program will be offered at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 172 North Main St., in Concord, NH on September 23rd and 24th (Friday and Saturday) from 9AM to 4PM. 


Cost and registration:

For NHMHCA members total cost is $220.00 for the two day workshop.  Non-member cost is $340.00.  Registration will not be accepted at the door.  Those registering online should do so at


Note: To print out a registration form and mail in with a check use this easily Printable Form

If you have any questions about this training please contact Ellen at

We look forward to seeing you at the Training!