Social Work Supervision, Northern NJ.

Attention LCSW's--I have a number of trainings/groups that may be of
interest to you.
See Foundation in Family Therapy, Psychotherapy in
Action and my supervision groups.  Contact Paula Ochs for more

Are you an LSW or an LCSW who is looking for clinical supervision in
Northern NJ?  Are you committed to giving your clients the very best of
you?  I offer Social Work Supervision to LSW's and LCSW's focusing
on your clinical strengths while providing challenge in a warm and
supportive environment.

My Philosophy about therapy and training

I am passionate about the ability of psychotherapy to transform the
lives of our clients and the ability of professional training to transform
us as professionals as well.  If you want to help others through therapy
you need to develop the best skills you can.  Although you may think
of skills as techniques, the ability to understand oneself in the context
of one's life is one of the most important skills you can develop as a
therapist.  Good supervision helps us to understand the beliefs and
values that drive us, as well as our clients, and to expand ourselves so
that we can help a wider array of clients with a wider array of issues.  
This is what I call an ecological approach to therapy and training.  In
the past several years I have been exploring the incorporation of
action/psychodrama techniques into supervision. This has been very
effective with supervisees.  For a detailed description on how I use

methods in supervision click here.  

Is Social Work Supervision for You?

LSW's are required to have clinical supervision in order to obtain
licensing.* Social Work Supervision can also help build LCSW's skills
for working with individuals, couples, families, and groups by providing
guidance in engagement/joining, framing problems into workable
contexts, and by developing effective interventions.  In addition,
supervision can help LCSW's to grow as therapists by helping them to
gain self knowledge.  Supervision is also available to LCSW's who
supervise other clinicians in order to provide support and clarification
around ethical and other issues.  I believe supervision should be
supportive building on the strengths of the therapist while challenging
enough to stimulate new kinds of thinking and approaches to therapy.  
Good supervision leads to personal growth as well as professional

*See NASW FAQ's on supervision.

Supervision Modalities

I offer social work supervision in a group and one-on-one.  Supervision
in a group setting helps the therapist improve skills by practicing
interventions with group members via role play.  Group supervision
also provides the therapist with a network of peer support.  
Supervision in a group gives the therapist an opportunity for
experiential learning.  Experiential learning is a powerful way to learn
because it utilizes sight, sound, feeling and action.

Learn more about the benefits of supervision.

My Approach
My approach to Social Work Supervision uses role play and other
experiential techniques in order to facilitate learning.  Trainees also
have the opportunity to use the
genogram effectively.  Additionally,
trainees can present videotaped sessions for discussion.  For more
information on me, see
About Paula Ochs.

My approach to Social Work Supervision helps therapists learn how to
work systemically with individual clients.  This ecological approach
allows the clinician to understand the client in the context of his/her
life.  Is the client recently retired, divorced, or suffering from a
debilitating illness?  An ecological approach develops the clinician's
ability to anticipate the challenges and consequences of change.  Will
an angry child become subdued if his parents stop fighting?

Supervisees also learn how to work effectively with couples and
families and how to understand the relationship between interpersonal
dynamics and the presenting problem.  Does the daughter cut when
her father comes home drunk? Does the husband become depressed
when his wife talks about having a child?

Trainees also learn how to develop effective interventions in the here
and now.  Many clinicians struggle to intervene in client interactions
the moment.  
The approach I use in Social Work Supervision focuses
on experiential techniques borrowed from Psychodrama that help
therapists to learn and execute interventions that are processed
focused and can be observed and evaluated in the therapist's office.  
Can a husband learn to speak to his wife without raising his voice?  
Can a wife learn to let her husband nurture their sad son so that the
wife is less burdened?

Supervision is also offered for MFT graduates.  Participants should
have a graduate degree.

Contact Paula Ochs to find out more about Social Work Supervision.

Other Training Possibilities

I also offer Psychodrama Trainings.
Social Work Supervision