Hopefully you know the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy is as important to positive change and growth for the patient as any therapeutic modality used by the psychotherapist.
Consequently you should be asking yourself the questions, "Did my education and training so far prepare me to be as effective as possible?" and "How do I want to learn to become the psychotherapist in a therapeutic alliance that patients see as that catalyst for positive change?"
Whether you're a student, LPC-Intern or are fully licensed, your learning and positive growth result from your relationship with a supervisor who devotes the time it takes to support your growth. And while you might count yourself lucky if you've found supervision that is "free" please remember the adage, you get what you pay for. Now is not the time to skimp on your education and training; there is NEVER a time for that.
Supervision with Debbie Edmunds, MA, LPC-S will help you to recognize and realize your full potential. You'll develop an understanding of the discipline required to succeed and thrive in the field of mental health. You'll become confident in your abilities and be able to understand your role and boundaries in the therapeutic alliance. And if you want to gain private practice experience you'll have the opportunity to do so at H.O.P.E. This includes interacting with psychiatrists and other psychotherapists.
As a student you pay nothing out of pocket, but the following is expected: Remember your school pays nothing to your practicum/intern site. At this time H.O.P.E. is unable to accommodate students from on-line programs.
- Your commitment during 2 semesters to treat your practicum/internship as any other class. Remember, you are earning a grade.
- Devotion of 10-20 hours per week to begin to learn how to convert your education into qualities that patients value.
- Completion of assignments required to treat your assigned patients.
- Completion of required treatment documentation in a timely manner.
- Answering the H.O.P.E. phone and conducting telephonic intakes.
- Verification of insurance benefits after receiving training.
- Ability to design (with assistance if needed) and implement specialized treatment programs when necessary to conduct individual therapy, family or group therapy.
- Consultation with other clinicians including psychiatrists for continuity of care.
- Attendance at weekly supervision.
- Other duties as warranted.
As an LPC-Intern you are required to pay (fee discussed during the interview process) for your 3000 supervised hours, that when completed will result in you having developed the skills needed to succeed when working for others or for yourself. IT IS NOT OKAY TO SKATE THROUGH SUPERVISION AND NOT DEVELOP YOUR IDENTIFY AND BECOME A HEALTHY MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. You are worth the investment at this stage of your professional development and your patients deserve nothing less!
If you are fully licensed but don't believe you received adequate supervision you can also pay (fee discussed during the interview process) for supervision for as long as you believe is necessary to become the psychotherapist you want to be. Your patients deserve nothing less!
Remember, psychotherapists are entrusted with helping their patients maintain the health of their brains. There is no job more important.
Call Debbie today to become the psychotherapist your patients can trust while developing the therapeutic alliance needed for their positive growth and change.