Firefly Institute of Research and Education
Firefly Institute of Research and Education

Clinical Supervision

A supervisory relationship is different from a therapeutic relationship within counseling. The primary purpose of supervision is to review practitioners' work for the increase in therapeutic skills, application of theory into clinical practice, and problem solve to prevent harm within client care. Firefly supervisors seek to support ethical clinical practice.


All supervisors within Firefly continue to seek consultation and supervision of their own. It is our belief that supervision and consultation with a panel of colleagues who are experts within the field should last across the professional lifespan. Supervision does not end simply because one has reached licensing; ethical practice and self-care for the clinician are supported within a supervision process. 


Clinical supervision at Firefly is provided primarily through the philosophy of a developmental model. This includes a sequence of hierarchical stages of increasing skill and awareness as knowledge and practice build. We support both individual and group supervision practice to allow the opportunity for clinicians to discuss theory and practice both one on one and within a setting of their peers for additional feedback and perspectives. 


You may contact the program director, Michelle Pliske, at for more information or at 503-915-3737 if you are interested in pursuing clinical supervision towards licensing at the institute. 



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To find out more about the programs we offer, please call:                503-915-3737 -or- email:


You can also use our contact form for questions.

News & Events

New book to be released July 2019!   

"Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Experiences" 

Authors: Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S & Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW


We are excited to be launching new continuing education programs in play therapy practices! The institute partners with Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. and all trainings include experiential work within the play therapy clinic and is approved for continuing education by the Association for Play Therapy.


Please see our continuing education program brochure for more information!

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