Posts tagged social work

Book Review: Necessary Lies

Book Review: Necessary Lies

A review of Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain I’m going to cut right to the chase and tell you I loved this book and think you will, too! Necessary Lies is a historical fiction novel (my favorite genre) set in rural North Carolina in 1960. You can’t help but love the two female protagonists: Jane is […]

Reflections on 2015 and Setting Goals

Reflections on 2015 and Setting Goals

Hello and happy new year! First, I apologize for the lack of posts over the last few months. I have been busy writing a new blog for PsychCentral called Happily Imperfect, articles for The Good Men Project, and for my counseling blog. As you can see, I’ve been busy writing! One of the things I realized […]

Success in Social Work Field Practicum

  Tips for Success in Social Work Field Practicum by Sharon Martin, LCSW September brings the start of internships for thousands of college students. I have been a field instructor (supervisor) for Master’s and bachelor’s students in their social work field practicum for eight years. It’s a brilliant way to give back to my profession. Like most intern supervisors, […]

Signs You Have a Bad Clinical Supervisor

  A while back I identified some characteristics of a good clinical supervisor. Now let’s turn our attention to sign you have a bad clinical supervisor. If you’re not feeling supported and safe in your clinical work, poor clinical supervision may be part of the problem. Unfortunately, there are people in all professions who are […]

Successful Blogging for Therapists

There is A LOT of information on the internet about how to blog. It is overwhelming! Blogging for therapists doesn’t need to be complicated. Don’t get caught up in all the fine points of blogging. As therapists, we have expertise and a desire to help others. Blogging is an easy way to provide useful information […]

How to pick a counseling niche

How to pick a counseling niche

Have you been told that you need to specialize in order to be a successful therapist? Well, it’s true. I made the mistake of spending years with a “general private practice”. It was easy to take just about any client. The downside was that I probably wasn’t as effective or as happy as I could […]

How much social work supervision do I need?

Counting hours of experience for LCSW licensure in California is a pain in the a**. Supervisees are constantly confused about social work supervision requirements. In this post I want to highlight one particular item: Supervision Requirements for Clinical Counseling as an Associate Clinical Social Worker. According to the Board of Behavioral Sciences, associate clinical social […]

My client has romantic feelings for me

Last week my supervision group watched the first episode of HBO’s In Treatment. In this episode the female client professes her love for her male therapist. You can see the fear and awkwardness on the therapist’s. This led to some great discussion on transference, counter-transference, and specifically how to handle romantic feelings in the therapy […]