SMR Counseling Services
11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite 120
Calverton, Maryland 20705
Professional Disclosure Statement
Supervisees Seeking Supervision for Licensure
Thank you for considering me as your potential clinical supervisor. I am looking forward to our work to together. This document should answer your questions about my qualifications, but feel free to ask me any questions you have and I will gladly answer them or provide you with other supporting documents as needed.
Philosophy and Approach to Clinical Supervision: I approach supervision from a collaborative framework to help supervisees grow in their professional life which will help them better serve their clients. This involves helping mental health interns clearly develop their professional identity. The work is largely an exploration and development of the intern’s own individual therapeutic orientation, style and professional identity. The general areas of focus include working to increase competence in major clinical domains of supervisee’s professional behaviors: counseling skills, personal growth and awareness, client/case conceptualization, screening and assessment, individual, group, family, and couples counseling, client education, ethical and professional standards, and the ability to create therapeutic relationships. Supervisory roles assumed by me include teacher, evaluator, consultant, and counselor. I follow a developmental approach to supervision primarily using the teacher role with novice supervisees and consultation with more experienced supervisees. I also work with supervisees to help them develop increasing skills in their own theoretical orientation. I am familiar with many theoretical frameworks, and generally counsels within the Cognitive, Behavioral, and Client Centered frameworks informed by Family Systems thinking with clients in my private practice. As a Christian I am aware of the influence our values and beliefs have on our individual and family functioning. I strive to assist interns to be able to help their clients in understanding, clarifying and applying their own values to their own life needs.
Experience: I have worked in the areas of Counseling, Human Services, Social Services, Bereavement Counseling and Crisis Intervention since 1996. My experience included positions at: The Texas Department of Human Services, The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Heartland Hospice, The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General and The United States Attorney’s Office.
Education: I received my doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas Southern University in 2010. My Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences was obtained at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2003 and my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences was obtained at the University of Houston-Downtown in 1999.
Professional Credentials : I am licensed in Washington, D.C. (PCR14291)and in the state of Maryland (LC4866). I am also an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS, 1101) with the state of Maryland, National Certified Counselor (NCC,317138) through the National Board of Certified Counselors, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS, 2124) through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). My memberships include: The American Counseling Association (ACA), Maryland Association for Counseling and Development, The District of Columbia Mental Health Counselors Association and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.
General areas of Competence in Mental Health Practice: I have specialized training and have supervised developing counselors in the following areas of practice: Individual Counseling, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress, Grief, Pre-Marital Counseling, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Crisis/Trauma, Teen Counseling, Anger Management, Stress Management, Career Counseling and Conflict Resolution.
Supervision Training and Experience: I have completed Clinical Supervision training at Texas Southern University as part of the Curriculum for my Doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have supervised Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors (LGPC's) and graduate student interns in my private practice, SMR Counseling Services. I have also provided clinical supervision as a Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Visiting Affiliate Professor of Clinical Supervision in the Pastoral Counseling Department of Loyola University-Maryland. I previously held the title of Clinical Supervisor at The Reid Temple Restoration Center where I also supervised graduate level counseling students.
Approach to Supervision: Supervision is a place to develop the necessary skills and practice of counseling to protect one’s clients and become a competent practitioner. My approach to supervision follows the Developmental Model, which adjusts for and to the level of expertise of the supervisee. As a clinical supervisor, I am here to help you learn what you do know and what you do not yet know in a safe and supportive environment that allows you, the supervisee, to be accountable while learning. The needs of the supervisee will change substantially over time and I aim to support and foster that growth while assuring client and therapist safety. I use a reflective model of supervision whether in individual supervision, group supervision, or tape review. The goals of clinical supervision are:
· To develop competence in standard mental health assessment and treatment modalities while encouraging learning and growing within the field.
· To gain a thorough understanding of theoretical orientations and their practical application.
· To develop clinical skills in assessment, treatment planning, implementation and documentation.
· To oversee the development of ethical decision making in the clinical setting.
· To model and promote appropriate ways to work with issues of culture, gender, sexual identity and preference, religious affiliation or other difference in the counseling setting.
· To develop the counselor’s self-awareness and ability to discern what are his/her issues to sort through in clinical supervision and what are the client’s issues so as to avoid counter transference in therapy. While clinical supervision is not therapy, in these instances it may brush up against that boundary as we discern which issues need to be discussed in supervision and which would best be addressed within the supervisee’s own therapy.
· To assist the supervisee in reducing their own professional performance anxiety while increasing their professional identity and areas of expertise.
Evaluation Procedure: I use several tools in establishing goals and evaluation of these goals in supervision:
· Mutual discussion of strengths and weaknesses over time
· Self-assessment tools
· University provided therapist evaluations
· Therapist Evaluation Checklist by Hall-Marley (2000)
Using these tools we will establish mutually agreed upon goals that we will review during supervision sessions and/or as required by your school or supervision goals. I will keep brief session notes and provide written evaluations for you when supervision is finished or as needed.
Confidentiality: All information shared with me in the context of clinical supervision is held in strict confidence with the following exceptions:
· If the supervisee exhibits signs of impairment
· If the supervisee exhibits behaviors that are unethical and/or dangerous to the client
· If I, as a supervisor, am court ordered to testify about the nature of a supervision relationship or of a client of the supervisee
· If a client’s welfare is in danger and it is deemed the supervisee is unable to assist the client adequately
· If a child, elderly person, or dependent person is being abused
· If I, as a supervisor, seek supervision from another licensed mental health professional
Supervisees must inform their clients that they are obtaining clinical supervision and the bounds of confidentiality within the supervision relationship.
Fees for Supervision for Those Seeking Licensure: 60 minutes Per Session
· Clinical Students (Outside my Private Practice)
Limited Permit Supervision (LGPC's):
· Professional Consultation:
· Group Supervision (2+ supervisees):
· Tape/Document Review and/or Production:
· Distance Supervision (phone or video chat):
Same rates apply for individuals only
Emergency Contact Information:
When you contact me, I may be in session or in a class. I respond fastest to email [email protected]. Please put a phone number where you can immediately be reached in the body of the email and I will call you back as soon as possible. Do not put the full name of a client in the email. You may also call or text my business cell . For an immediate mental health emergency, please dial 911.
Code of Ethics:
As your supervisor, I adhere to the ACS Code of Ethics as well as the ACA Code of Ethics. You are responsible for following the Code of Ethics applicable to your credentialing body. As a counselor I also follow the NBCC’s Code of Ethics , State of Maryland’s Code of Ethics, and The District of Columbia’s Code of Ethics.