Clinical Supervision w/Jim Nolan in Santa Fe
- Dr. James Michael Nolan
- Clinical Supervision w/Jim Nolan in Santa Fe
Clinical Supervision for LMHCs
So, you are just making your way into the profession, accumulating hours toward independent licensure. That’s very excitin, and yes, independent licensure absolutely WILL open up many more possibilities for your career. (I have heard some people say it’s not that important–that’s baloney.) Well, here are some things for you to consider as you look for a Clinical Supervisor…
The literature in our field has two important things to say:
- By far, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, the therapeutic alliance, or relationship, or the empathic attunement between the therapist and client, accounts for the greatest part of “change” in any helping relationship. Not the theory, not the intellectual acrobatics, not “insights”, not the techniques–the relationship. We have known this for decades, and still, people keep developing fancy-pants theoretical conceptualizations about therapy. Nothing wrong with that, if you want the intellectual stimulation, but it might not add a whole lot to your effectiveness as a therapist. The research in this area is very strong.
- Supervision for newer professionals should be “developmentally” based–that is, it should be about tracking where the therapist “is at” in their own professional development. The supervision should be, first and foremost, about the therapist, and secondarily, about the clients. The aim is to help the therapist explore and create their own therapeutic style, and find what conceptualizations make sense to them, based on their own growing experience. Supervision should NOT be (and often IS) about the supervisor waxing eloquent about their own theoretical or clinical “take” on the therapist’s clients, or telling them what worked for them when they have seen such and such client presentation.
My Approach to Supervision:
Given the above, my style is always about our working relationship, and your development as a therapist. As the old saying goes, I am more interested in your learning how to fish than in giving you fish from my decades of experience, because ultimately, my experience and preferred perspective are not all that relevant to your own development. This is your show, and my job is to help you become the best therapist you can be…
What About Your Clients?!?
Of course your clients are important–my license sits on those cases, so I DO want (and need) to know what is going on, how you are working with them, where you are going with them. But my highest order of business is to help you work your way through the therapeutic decisions that arise, not in telling you what to do, or what you ought to do, or what I would do if I were you, or….
Of course, we can talk about “What would be a Narrative Therapy perspective on this case? How might Positive Psychology be useful with this client? Would some CBT work be effective here?” and so on…
What About Multicultural Issues?
This will always be a part of our supervision. Whether it is the cultural differences between me and you, you and your clients, your clients and their work/social/family environment, this will always be one of the important templates we will apply to our work together.
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