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LOOKING FOR SUPERVISION OR CONSULTATION?

Clinical supervision for the Couple, Marital, and Family Therapist is more than just checking a box—it is one of the many harbingers of a lifelong journey to becoming a better therapist.

 

If you are a current CMFT Student entering practicum or Postgraduate working toward licensure, it is during this period of development that the supervisee-supervisor relationship + client-therapist relationship become of critical importance to facilitating growth and change processes. Working in tandem, these two sets of relationship form a greater ecological scaffolding that we'll refer to as the Supervisory System. Let's zoom in on that for a moment:

This "suprasystem" is intended to support the following pieces:

 

  1. Honing clinical competence through:

    • the continued development of a systems-cybernetic theoretical framework as it pertains to relational-interactional thinking and practice, 

    • continued training in the advanced application of a systems orientation to assessment and treatment planning in a variety of professional contexts,

    • ongoing consumption of historical and contemporary research that shapes the practice of marriage and family therapy,

    • rigorous experience in systemic practice that is inclusive, affirming, and culturally responsive

  2. Oversight and mentorship of the delivery of services to:

    • ensure that the therapeutic process is competent, ethical, legal, and of the highest quality possible,

    • monitor person-of-the-therapist, self-care, and progress toward self-supervision,

    • guide supervisee in assuming the professional identity of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,

    • assist in navigating the job market for gainful employment in a variety of mental health settings 

 

Just as a robust systems epistemology takes years to develop, so does the clinical acumen of a seasoned therapist. Effective therapeutic work requires that you continue to think contextually, and act relationally in ways that rely on improvisation with new data as it arises in the moment. It is this suprasystem that shelters the training and licensure process with a common place to meet, make mistakes, regroup, and learn. 

WHO MAY NEED SUPERVISION OR CONSULTATION?
  • Postgraduates working toward licensure in marriage and family therapy

 

  • Current graduate students who have begun their practicum phase working at an internship site in the community

 

  • Licensed professionals looking for additional case consultation or knowledge in a particular content area

SELF OF THE SUPERVISOR

Supervision styles are as unique as you can imagine. My goal as a supervisor is to guide clinicians to work creatively with their clients, respond with imagination, embody genuine empathy to the relational complexities that compose human dilemmas, and consider the common psychotherapy factors and outcomes that guide a therapeutic relationship.

 

To accomplish this I must position myself toward the learning capacity, developmental level, and desire of each clinician. Given the recursive nature of interaction, learning often benefits from a tailored experience. Therapists at different levels of clinical development may have different needs and wants. For example, MFTs in the beginning stages of doing therapy may desire more guidance and direction around treatment planning, assessment, and general case management. Others may desire less direction and more focused attention on the formulation of specific questions, relational interventions, or theoretical ideas. Both, however, necessarily require us to be vulnerable to cultivate mutual trust in one another. 

For it is only through the roots of this trust that will enable us to learn together and communicate complex ideas and emotions in a caring way—especially when those ideas and emotions arise from divergent experiences and backgrounds. Nurturing this kind of learning atmosphere requires that I model inclusive and affirming relational practice, as well as gently re-indicate the contextual distinctions that are presently working for both supervisees and the systems of which they are a part.

 

GETTING STARTED

I provide clinical supervision to CMFTs in the State of Georgia, both in-person and online using a HIPAA-compliant video platform, Motivo. I also offer consultation to organizations, groups, thought leaders, and all clinical professions nationally and internationally.

 

If you haven't already, please click around the Site for more information on who am and how I think. When you're ready, reach out to set up a time to chat about the future.