I did not set out on my social work career with the intentions of becoming a Supervisor. I had the fortune of excellent Supervisors and Mentors early in my career and revered them for their wisdom, guidance and nurturing. It wasn't until I became a field instructor for MSW interns that I realized how fulfilling Supervising was for me and I decided to offer clinicial supervision to LMSWs. Since 2012, I have supervised 10 MSW students from UT and Texas State and 21 LMSWs. The role of Supervisor is now very much an important part of my professional identity and my clinical practice.
My education, training and memberships:
I have supervised LMSWs gaining clinical hours in the following agencies and settings: Therapy Austin, The Center for Relationships, Capital Area Counseling, Psychiatric Emergency Services, DBT Austin, Dell Children's ER, Scott & White Children's Hospital, Seton Mother/Baby, Crisis Hotline, hospice, skilled nursing, dialysis, and foster care kinship.
I offer clinical supervision to LMSWs who are interested in gaining hours to become an LCSW. Clinical supervision is a commitment of time, resources and devotion to self-reflection and professional growth. Finding the right supervisor for you is important. Goodness-of-fit between Supervisor and Licensee is critical for a positive experience and I welcome you to reach out to see if working together is consistent with your individual needs. Please initiate contact with me via my "Supervision Inquiry" page link once you have reviewed the Board requirements for clinical supervision. Information and application forms for Supervision can be found here:
100 hours of supervision is required for 3,000 work hours, which shall occur in no less than 24 months.
4 hours/month supervision for a full-time LMSW
Cost: $350/individual, $220/group
Supervisees are required to carry professional liability insurance for the duration of the supervision period.
An LMSW under LCSW supervision will be expected to use advanced clinical knowledge and skills to assess diagnose, and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, condition and addictions, and treatment methods may include but are not limited to providing individual, marital, couple, family and group psychotherapy.
The simplest way to determine if a job description meets the minimum requirements for developing competency in clinical social work is to ask: "Will this individual, based on social work experience in this job, be competent to provide psychotherapy in independent practice upon completion of the supervised experience?”
My supervision style is warm, collaborative and supportive. I operate from a relational-cultural model and utilize Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and experiential exercises often in my practice. Supervision is not individual or group therapy, but it has some of the same qualities due to the relational aspect. Supervision is heavy on case-consultation, self-reflection, ethics and discussion of race & culture in social work practice. Supervision is not an extension of the formal classroom setting, nor is it meant to be "test prep." Supervision will offer you an opportunity to know yourself and your clients better, and to develop your own clinical style and practice so you are prepared for independent practice.
My professional experience includes practice in the following areas:
* Mental Health for Older Adults
* Hospice & Palliative Care
* Corporate Social Work Consulting
* Medical (Hospital and Skilled Nursing)
* Independent Practice
* Foster Care/Youth
* Grief & Bereavement
* Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Currently I am in private practice and Co-Owner of a group counseling practice in North Austin. If you are seeking clinical hours to supplement an agency job, you may inquire about the possibility of seeing clients at Moonstone Counseling.