Supervision and Training
Clinical supervision is available for MFTs.. MSWs, and other graduates of accredited clinical programs who are seeking WA State Licensure, AAMFT Clinical Membership or Approved Supervisor status.
SUPERVISOR’S DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Philip M. Brown, LMFT, LICSW, Ph.D. &
Angie L. Hoffpauir, LICSW, Ph.D.
793 Ericksen Ave. NE, Suite 123
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
216 First Ave. S., Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98104
Dr. Brown completed graduate studies at Michigan State University at the University of Michigan followed by post-doctoral training in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. As an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor he has been working with children, couples, and families for over 30 years and has trained and supervised MSWs and MFTs for the past twenty-five years. He has authored numerous articles on clinical practice and family therapy as well as two professional books, The Death of Intimacy and Cross-cultural Practice with Couples and Families (co-editor).
Dr. Hoffpauir received her Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans and completed Master’s degrees at Duke University and LSU. She has over 30 years of clinical experience and is a WA licensed mental health professional, Board Certified Diplomate, and Clinical Member of the AAMFT. Dr. Hoffpauir is a former faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and Louisiana State University. She currently teaches in the MA program in Child, Couple, and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle. She has published several professional articles and presented numerous papers and workshops
throughout the U.S.
Philosophy of Supervision:
In our view, the clinical supervisor potentially occupies one of three basic roles– educator, counselor, and consultant. As an educator, s/he can draw clinical knowledge and skills from his/her own professional experience and share these with the supervisee. Typical suggestions might include “Have you thought of trying this or that approach?” As counselor, the role would be supporting, encouraging, and empathizing with the supervisee as he/she continues to develop and refine his/herself as a therapist. The supervisor does not act as the supervisee’s therapist. However, the supervisor does help them explore and illuminate any personal issues and areas for potential growth insofar as it affects their work with clients. Finally, as “consultant,” the supervisor seeks to assist supervisees in networking and connecting with needed resources for their clients or themselves.
Working Assumptions about Clinical Supervision:
Clinical supervision is an interactional process with dual foci: 1) enhancing the quality of the interchange relationship, process, and goals between the therapist and client system(s); and 2) developing and refining the therapist’s professional self as it impacts the client system(s). At its best, clinical supervision should be characterized by honest and direct communication, which builds mutual trust and fosters a supervisor-supervisee relationship that enhances professional growth and clinical effectiveness. This goal directed conversation necessarily includes systematic feedback and reflection by both participants. Since all supervisees come with differing philosophies, abilities, and predilections, supervision is tailored to the supervisee’s particular needs.
Since clinical supervision is a dialectical process, there is considerably emphasis on reflective dialogue. Empathy, encouragement, and support are key elements that nurture this dialogue. In addition, role-plays, video and audiotapes, and periodic assigned readings will all be part of the supervision process. There may also be times when the supervisee will have the option to participate in joint or small group supervision as an adjunct to individual supervision.
Much like our work with clients, the specific content of supervision sessions is confidential except in instances where there are specific threats that might endanger other individuals or when state or federal laws may be broken. In addition, our work in supervision may be discussed in confidence in the supervisor’s own case consultation.
Supervision Agreement and Evaluation:
During the first few weeks of supervision, the supervisee will be asked to outline her/his goals and expectations for supervision. These will be discussed, revised, and refined until a mutually acceptable agreement has been reached. At various points, the supervisor will discuss how things are working, what needs to change, and how best to meet the mutually agreed upon goals.
Expectations of Supervisees:
After meeting and deciding to work together, the supervisee and supervisor put together a “Supervision Agreement” that outlines goals, timelines, fees, etc. Based upon the goals outlined in this supervision agreement, supervisees should expect to come to supervision with cases and issues already prepared (including notes which organize her/his thoughts and concerns). This is the supervisee’s time and in order for it to be beneficial, the supervisee should be clear about what they need from that particular session and how the supervisor can best help them. In addition, session videotapes and/or audiotapes are extremely helpful.
Cancellation of Appointments:
Except in emergencies, notification of cancellation should occur at least 48 hours in advance. This affords sufficient time to refill the time slot with another client or supervisee.
Fees for individual supervision will range from $80.00 -$120.00 per one-hour session based upon the supervisee’s ability to pay. Fees for small group supervision are $40.00 per hour.
Differing views between the supervisee and supervisor present a golden opportunity for constructive dialogue. While the supervisor may be more experienced, s/he is not always right. If a disagreement occurs, the supervisor and supervisee should sit down and talk through these issues directly. While this is sometimes difficult for supervisees to do, it is also an important part of the supervision process. Learning to resolve conflicts by working them through with the person directly is an essential skill in becoming a more effective therapist
Training and Consultation:
Training in family theory and practice is available for individuals or groups.
Exam preparation is available for licensure candidates who are preparing for the national MFT Licensure Examination.
Case Consultation and live supervision are available to licensed mental health professionals who have reached impasses with particular cases.