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 action 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 growth.
*See NASW FAQ's on supervision.
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.
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 in 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.