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Question 1
What is it like for you to know that you have taken or might take on the duty and responsibility of vicarious liability as a clinical supervisor?

Answer- To be honest, it is something that creates anxiety for me. I pride myself on adhering highly to ethical standards and though I also strive to be the best clinical supervisor I can be, at the end of the day I do not have control over another’s behavior. This anxiety does not overwhelm for the most part, though, as it just fuels me to be sure I am keeping detailed documentation and providing the best clinical supervision possible.

Question 2
Describe 3 strategies you have already employed or have thought about employing to manage this sense of responsibility so it doesn’t impact your clinical and supervisory work negatively and/or does impact your work in a positive way?
1. vicarious liability fuels me to ensure that my staff are adequately trained. In addition to helping them secure outside training, I also implement training as a part of my weekly group supervision
2. I have become an over the top documenter of any potential supervisory issues. This has enabled me to feel more secure in knowing that if anything were to occur, I have enough to support that I was doing my job ethically
3. I have increased direct in vivo supervision as well as regular quality assurance calls to clients to make sure that

Question 3
How does your agency support/not support you to manage the legal and ethical responsibility of vicarious liability and how can you advocate for more support if it is lacking?
Honestly, my agency does not do the best job of giving me space to manage the responsibility of vicarious liability. I do not let this deter me, however, and I continue to push back and link the need for me to provide increased clinical supervision as necessary for ethical client care as a whole.