Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Clinical Supervision Approach


I was contacted by recent MSW graduates requesting clinical support and supervision.   I wrote up the following description of my approach to social work and training/supervision:

1.  The SW Process
  • Engagement - getting to the "kept" appointment at intake and throughout treatment; developing a therapeutic relationship (genuine, honest and caring)
  • Assessment - risk and protective factors, strengths, history, goals, dreams
  • Diagnosis - helpful guide(s) for treatment planning and self-understanding
  • Treatment Planning - clear map of where we are going and why (so we don't feel so lost and floundering)
  • Interventions - integrating both evidence-based and traditional medicine approaches
  • Evaluation - monitoring progress, pre/post, scales, client satisfaction, goal attainment ratings
  • Termination - saying goodbye properly

Each of these stages can be studied/practiced in great depth.

2.  The Levels of Intervention
  • Micro - individuals, couples, families
  • Meso - groups, classrooms
  • Macro - communities, organizations, policies
I have studied and worked across all the levels of intervention.

3.  Mind-Body-Spirit-Soul

If we primarily focus on talk therapy (mind), then it is my experience that clients get a little bit better. If we incorporate body therapies then they get even better.  Spirit healing and soul retrieval makes
people whole and unstoppable.

4.  The Theoretical Frameworks, Approaches and Modalities that I draw from:
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  • Resilience Theory
  • Humanistic-Existentialist Approach
  • Client-Centered Counseling
  • Kleinian Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapies
  • Group Therapies
  • Mental Health Consultation

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