By Stephanie Camins – MA, LPC
As a licensed professional counselor with 20 years-experience in mental health, not only as a clinician but as an owner of a successful private practice, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients, in multiple setting, ages 4 and up with a myriad of differing mental health diagnosis.
I began my career in mental health working in in-patient hospital settings, day treatment programs, community mental health, crisis intervention, school counseling, program development, and finally private practice. I have gained valuable knowledge in each of these settings. I have had the immeasurable benefit of experience across all levels of care in this field with populations from age 4 and up. My areas of expertise include children, adolescents, family therapy, parent coaching, trauma, anxiety, abuse, EMDR, and private practice consultation.
My passion for helping others reach their potential includes not only my clients, but also my fellow therapists. It is the responsibility of established professionals to teach and guide those developing and honing their skills. I was fortunate to have received excellent supervision and experience and look forward to giving back to my profession in teaching and supporting other therapists in their journey.
Clinical supervisors should be aware of and follow best practices in counseling supervision as established by the CACREP Standards and ACA Ethical Codes. A site supervisor must have a master’s degree in counseling with appropriate certifications and licenses, a minimum of 2 years relevant professional experience in the area in which they supervise, and have training in counseling supervision.
There are several models of clinical supervision used, including developmental, psychotherapy based, and integrative models. I follow most closely the developmental model. Supervision moves from most directive to least directive as a counselor in training develops knowledge and increases their skill base. Areas of growth include: intervention, skills competence, assessment techniques, interpersonal assessment, client conceptualization, individual differences, theoretical orientation, treatment goals and plans, and professional ethics. Supervision is tailored to meet the needs of each counselor’s experience and skill level.
Professional development is a life-long process. Wherever you are in your learning and experience as a clinician, I individualize my supervision to work with your unique knowledge and skills. Whether I am in the role of teacher, coach, mentor or consultant we will work together to incorporate new information and counseling skills to your counseling practice.