You’ve made it through your Master’s program and it’s finally time to put all of your hard work and education into practice. For many of us, this has been years in the making: a balancing act of earning our first set of clinical hours through practicum and internship while maintaining an intense academic workload (not to mention a personal life!)
Depending on what state you live in and what type of licensure you are pursuing, there are new challenges ahead and requirements to meet if you are pursuing work in a clinic or agency – that’s where Motivo and affordable telesupervision come in.
Here are a few reasons why engaging in supervision outside your agency could be hugely beneficial:
Is there an agency or clinic in your area you have always wanted to work at but that doesn’t offer clinical supervision? This doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker. Obtain your own clinical supervisor and present your situation to the hiring manager or lead clinician. Not only will your drive and passion for the workplace shine through, but you’ll open up opportunities for yourself that, previously, may have seemed years away. It’s a win-win.
Or do you want diversity in your setting experience? Maybe you’re already supervised at your clinic or agency, but your state allows for pre-licensure private practice work with appropriate supervision. If you know you want to give private practice a try, seeking outside supervision can help make both dreams a reality much earlier in your career (and increase your caseload, experience, hours, and financial goals!)
Much has been said by Motivo supervisors about the importance of the supervision alliance. As new therapists, we know and see this in our own work: the better the client-clinician relationship, the more productive and effective the therapy.
You may be in a situation with an assigned supervisor you just don’t click with, or who means well, but only has time to keep up with your agency’s unique set of requirements, like paperwork and treatment plans, but not more personal issues like countertransference or imposter syndrome. Outside supervision can be a place to take these thoughts and fears, leading to more confidence in your work and lowering your burnout rate.
Just last summer, CNN reported on a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that revealed how severe the shortage of mental health providers is in rural areas in the U.S., particularly those offering specialized services.
Perhaps a community mental health agency or clinic is your only option for employment, but in your graduate program, you developed a passion for narrative therapy or mindfulness techniques. Or maybe you know you want to work with LGBTQIA populations or specialize in niche areas of sex therapy.
Maintaining supervision in these areas and learning how to incorporate different aspects of your passion into your agency work will keep you current in your areas of interest, while also keeping your work personal and engaging.
If nothing else, outside supervision helps you earn hours faster and mitigates risk for potential delays in reaching your pre-licensure requirements. When we are reliant on others for our career milestones, it can feel unsettling and, sadly, there’s no lack of horror stories in the field. Motivo “Motivator” Dr. David Hall described how he consulted with professionals who had worked for years receiving supervision in a clinical setting, only to find out later that the hours they received didn’t meet the criteria for licensure.
Additionally, agency supervisors may leave for other job opportunities, go on maternity or medical leave, or any number of life events. Knowing you have the ability to take control and keep up with your hours despite any outside circumstances lends confidence and autonomy to your professional growth, leaving you to focus more time and energy on more important things, like client work.
These are just a few of the top reasons to engage in supervision outside an agency setting. Remember, you may feel like the new kid at work, but you’ve worked hard to get where you are and your career goals don’t have to take a back seat to supervision challenges. Whatever your professional dreams are, Motivo is here to help.
Are you interested in engaging in outside supervision? Bonus perk: you can do it all from the comfort of your home or office, no driving required! Check out the amazing supervisors available in your state here.
And for agencies, Motivo offers discounted group rates. For more information, contact one of our “Motivators” to set up a demo.
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