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I offer LCSWA Clinical Supervision and I have a 100% success rate helping my supervisees pass the ASWB clinical exam and complete all of the necessary requirements for full licensure!
My goal as a Clinical Supervisor is to help you hone your clinical skills while also supporting you in discovering your own personality as a therapist. Because I am an independent Clinical Supervisor, you can rest assured that our time together will be 100% focused on you and your needs as a clinician.
We will staff cases, learn new interventions and practice through role play, delve into ethical conundrums, look at how your personal experience influences your work with clients, and talk long-term career planning.
A phone interview is required to help us both determine whether I will be a great fit for your supervisory needs.
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There are few things in life I find more enticing than learning about mental health and how to better support my clients!
Below you'll find some of my favorite resources for expanding my clinical skill set, engaging clients in new and creative ways, and focusing on my own personal growth.
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The DSM-5 is required reading for any mental health clinician and you will likely rely heavily upon it's guidance throughout your career. Fortunately the DSM-5 is relatively new so you (hopefully) won't have to purchase and acquaint yourself with a "6th" version any time soon!
* This is a required reading for LCSWA Clinical Supervision *
The DSM-5 is quite a heavy read and I personally utilized this Interview Guide quite a bit as I became more comfortable with differential diagnosis in children and adults. My favorite part of this book is the clear and thorough breakdown of various delusional and psychotic symptoms. This is one of my most highly recommended resources for new clinicians.
"A Terrible Thing Happened" is one of the best books I have found for introducing children as young as 3 years old to the idea of treatment for trauma-related stress. The author does an excellent job of explaining how childrens' brains and bodies may respond to living through a "really terrible thing" and how they can find relief in sharing their personal experiences in counseling sessions. The use of a generic "terrible thing" has allowed me to utilize this book while working with young clients who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, automobile accidents, house fires, and violent crime, as well as other traumatic events.
Ed Emberly's "Glad Monster, Sad Monster" has been a mainstay in my office for years. With colorful illustrations, easily understood examples of situations that would warrant a variety of feelings, and tear-out monster masks, this book is extremely helpful in expanding the emotional vocabulary of young children. Clients age 3-7 particularly enjoy repeatedly reading this book and using the face masks to act out emotions, playfully share their own experiences with feelings, and practice coping strategies that match various challenging situations.
Since many young children have a difficult time labeling emotions and verbally expressing how they feel, these dress up bears are a great way to start off a session! Kids can come into the office and "check in" with their bears at the beginning and end of sessions to see they are feeling. This set, with multiple bears, allows the clinician and/or other family members present to also share their feelings, modeling appropriate emotional expression to young children.
Ed Emberly is back with "Go Away, Big Green Monster," a book that walks children through building and then disassembling a big green monster. Many of my 3-6 year old clients with significant trauma histories especially enjoy this book as it gives them the opportunity to assert themselves and yell, "GO AWAY!" numerous times throughout the pages. In fact, many of you my young clients will actually return to this book week after week to read at the beginning of every session and it makes for a great "graduation" present for little ones.
"How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger" offer elementary aged children practical, directive strategies that they can use to more effectively manage their anger in a wide variety of situations. This book is good to use in session as an educational material, which I couple with role play scenarios and skills practice.