The life of a therapist: safety and risk, seeing people at their best and at their worst. Knowing what it is to be both human and humane. Most especially, being continually amazed at people's capacity to grow, and the strengths in the challenges they face. During my path to becoming a clinical social worker, I was blessed to have a supervisor who discussed and gave feedback on the triumphs and the frustrations of working within mental health. During my supervision at a non-profit, my experiences that I obtained from working with my supervisor were all-encompassing, from discussing self-care, to best practices, to ethical implications. Having now been an LCSW for four years, I am excited to work alongside you, and grow with you during this process!
As a therapist and a supervisor, I believe in an empowerment approach to supervision; I will alternate between acting as a sounding board, a teacher, and a support system, depending on the needs of the supervisee. In the beginning, I may take a more direct approach, however, I will always encourage feedback and open discussion during sessions. I focus heavily on discussing the ethical responsibilities of therapists, as well as operating with a best practices perspective.
The purpose of clinical supervision is to monitor and ensure the welfare of clients, promote the development of supervisees' clinical and professional identity, evaluate the competence of supervisees and fulfill requirements for licensure. It is my belief that as a supervisor I must meet the developmental needs of the supervisee. I often alternate between roles based on the needs of the supervisee. In the beginning, I may take a more direct feedback approach, and as the supervisee gains more experience, my role may change into a more collaborative approach.
In my supervision, I require that students are directly observed by myself while providing counseling services to clients (known as "tele-supervision"). This is to occur one time every three months on a date agreed upon between the supervisor and the supervisee. Tele-supervision is to occur a total of eight times during the span of the two-year supervision experience. The supervisee is required to obtain written permission from their client prior to the tele-supervision taking place and have the signed document uploaded into the client's file.
During the course of completing 100 supervision hours there are two formats that can be implemented (upon availability):
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