For Mental Health Clinicians in Arizona
Meira Greenfeld, J.D., LCSW, provides supervision and consultation opportunities for clinicians interested in a trauma-focused and attachment based approach to therapy that reflects commitment to racial and social justice particularly with respect to BIPOC communities.
RACE, CULTURE, AND TRAUMA -CENTERED SUPERVISION
Why Your Choice of Clinical Supervisor is So Important
What is Clinical Supervision?
The primary goal of clinical supervision is to make sure that protect the public by providing quality clinical care. Simple enough, but there’s so much that goes into that quality care. Among other things, good clinicians need to have self-awareness regarding their untapped biases, unresolved trauma and any cultural beliefs that will drift into the therapy session not only through spoken words, but through gestures, postures and perspective. That back and forth affects clinical outcome as much as training in specific modalities or knowledge of various diagnoses.
Good supervision requires awareness and skills regarding all these factors as well as the ability to maintain a trusted rapport between the clinician and supervisor. Even in that rapport, factors such as culture, race, and ethnicity all come into play and affect the supervisory relationship and quality of supervision.
An effective supervisor is a combination of coach, mentor, evaluator, observer, teacher, confidant and advisor who can create an atmosphere that inspires, motivates and commits to professional development.
Ms. Greenfeld is a board certified clinical supervisor able to provide clinical supervision to unlicensed therapists looking to gain their clinical hours to submit to the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. In addition to her expertise as a trauma and attachment centered therapist, she has several years of experience as a Harvard-trained attorney with award winning leadership and community based work related to advocacy and social justice.
Supervision is advocacy
“Among other things, good clinicians need to have self-awareness regarding their implicit biases, unresolved trauma and any cultural beliefs that will drift into the therapy session not only through spoken words, but through gestures, postures and perspective. Good supervision provides the nuances of professional, ethical and competent practice that develops through experience particularly with respect to anti-oppression, inequality, diversity, inequity and inclusion that is often overlooked or undermined in historical psychoanalysis and traditional training. Effective supervision is not afraid to unpack, explore and examine historical practices, dominant culture, social norms and theories that do not include multiple perspectives and diverse cultures.”
Clinical Licensure in Arizona
Applicants for independent licensure in Arizona need verification of their supervised work experience and clinical supervision. Some of the specifics for this supervision required by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health is as follows:
- Applicants must complete at least 3,200 hours of supervised work experience over a period of not less than 24 months.
- At least 100 of these hours need to be direct supervision from a clinical supervisor If you are seeking LCSW licensure, at least 50 of those hours must come from an LCSW supervisor who has the requisite training to be a clinical supervisor.
- If you seeking LPC licensure, you may get your 100 from an LCSW.
- If you are seeking LMFT licensure, you may receive 50 of your hours from an LCSW.
- Supervision meetings need to be at least 30 minutes long.
- The maximum number of clinical supervisors allowed is six.
- At least 25% of clinical supervision must be individual.
- No more than 75% of supervision can be shared with another supervisee. if there are 3-6 of you, the limit is 50 hours.
- There must be at least two in person sessions every 6 months.
- No more than 15 of the 90 hours of clinical supervision provided by videoconference and telephone can be by telephone alone.
- At least 10 of your supervision hours require live supervision i.e. the supervisor reviewing your session with a client. This can be done via video-conference.
The first step to engaging in clinical supervision is to determine fit and set expectations. Accessibility, approach, style and format are just some of the things to consider before supervision gets underway. Individual, group, face-to-face, and video clinical supervision is available subject to interest and availability.