Karen Kerschmann, LCSW

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Clinical Supervision


Kerschmann & Associates

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and  Clinical Supervision

Kerschmann & Associates

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and  Clinical Supervision

All ASWs and MFT Interns should ask themselves these three questions:

All ASWs and MFT Interns should ask themselves these three questionsFor ASWs and MFT associates, choosing a clinical supervisor is an important choice. This is the person you will be depending on to help hone your skills, enhance your potential, and help you best prepare for the board exams and your next career step. Before you even begin your search, you want to take time and reflect:

What are my career goals?

By now, you likely have a general idea what your ideal career trajectory looks like. You’ll want to find an LCSW Supervisor who is where you want to be is a great way to access a mentor to show you the skills to be successful in achieving your goals.  When interviewing a prospective LCSW supervisor, you will want to ask if they are open to sharing their experiences with you during your sessions.

What would you like supervision to look like?

Will you prefer to have individual or a multidisciplinary group to consult on cases with? Would you like in-person or video conferencing? Which aspects of practice would be of benefit to focus on, such as clinical interventions and theory, risk assessment, countertransference? How would you prioritize each goal?

How do you define your personal ‘best practice’?

Of course, you don’t want a ‘yes’ person, but knowing you have someone that aligns with your larger values and beliefs can make you the clinician you want to be.

It can be a challenge for ASWs and MFT associates to navigate the waters of finding your MFT or LCSW supervisor, choose carefully so that you can reap the rewards and invest in yourself!

Combat the Holiday Blues by Helping Others

Combat the Holiday Blues by Helping OthersVolunteering is a great way to show you care about the world around you. It boosts morale in your community and provides opportunities to enrich the lives of others. While all of this sounds very selfless, there are valuable, selfish reasons to volunteer too. Sounds a little strange, right? Well, it is true! Volunteering benefits more than just the people or organization that you are helping. It also benefits you.

Recent studies conducted at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill show a direct correlation between giving of yourself and finding happiness and improved personal relationships in life. Those who volunteer have increased lifespan, less instances of depression and a greater ability to remain healthy throughout crisis situations. Basically, volunteers remain incredibly resilient regardless of what curve balls life throws their way.

Perhaps you have considered volunteering, but you are not sure how to get started. The process is rather simple. The key to finding a great volunteer opportunity is to look for something you are passionate about and contact organizations who work with that cause. Regardless of how many hours you choose to volunteer, you will reap the benefits of your actions.

Don’t know where to start? Try the links below: