Through the Eyes of a Therapist

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April 29, 2019  

BECOMING AN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST- feat. Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D.

If you want to be a psychologist but are considering a non-clinical route, this is a great episode to listen to. Social Psychology, just like clinical or counseling psychology, is only one of the many niches in the psychology world.  This area of psych explores why people do what they do, why we think what we think--biases, perception, preferences, familiarity (to name a few phenomena).  To be a social psychologist also probably means doing research, meaning you're also probably an experimental psychologist.  My guest today is Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D, a tenured associate professor and social experimental psychologist at Auburn University.  She and I discuss: social psych, working in academia, clinical psych, teaching at a university, tenure, impostor syndrome, and being a department chair.  She also gives advice to undergraduates thinking about going to grad school!

Must have info about today's guest:

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Clarissa J. Arms-Chavez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Psychology Department at Auburn University Montgomery. She earned her M.S. in Experimental Psychology and her Ph.D. in Social Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has thirteen years of experience teaching undergraduate courses such as introduction to psychology, social psychology, social cognition, the psychology of prejudice & hate, and writing in psychology. She also has ten years of experience teaching advanced social psychology at both the Masters level (Auburn University at Montgomery) and the Doctorate level (Auburn University). In general, her research interests include the many various stigmas and prejudices involved within different social groups/categories (e.g., racial issues, colorism issues within the African-American community, sex and gender identity issues.

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April 19, 2019  

BECOMING A CLINICAL SUPERVISOR- feat. Dr.Kate Walker

Hello, Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast listeners!  If you’ve gotten this far in my latest series on becoming a therapist, you’ve heard about Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and School Counselors.  You know by now that to become a therapist, you need to get a master’s degree and to become fully licensed, you must complete a post-graduate internship.  Most of these last at least 18 months post masters and you need to accumulate 3,000 hours of supervised practice.

Supervised practice means that you must contract someone who is a clinical supervisor to oversee and sign off on your 3,000 hours.  Clinical supervisors make an investment in provisionally licensed practitioners by meeting with them on a weekly basis, going over treatment plans, evaluations, personal issues that may be affecting work with clients, and progress notes.  This is, probably, the last time a clinician is being closely monitored in their career before becoming independently licensed.

To explain this further, my guest on the podcast today is Dr.Kate Walker. She is an expert on therapist development and growth.  Her work includes training fully licensed therapists in becoming clinical supervisors.  She has also written a book called “My Next Steps, Create a Counseling Career You’ll Love.” Find this book on amazon for less than 15 bucks! https://www.amazon.com/My-Next-Steps-Create-Counseling/dp/1937514722

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April 15, 2019  

BECOMING AN EQUINE THERAPIST- feat. Janet Nicholas, LPC, LCDC

Equine therapy is a treatment modality that can be used for a wide array of client populations and issues in counseling.  Equines are horses, and if I didn't do an episode about equines, I wouldn't be able to call myself a true Texan!  I am so excited to release this interview because I learned so much about the healing power of horses in counseling/therapy.  My guest, Janet Nicholas, gives us details on how to become an equine therapist (not to be confused with hippotherapy) and why horses are so healing in this capacity.  I hope you enjoy this content as much as I do!

Must have info about my guest:

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Janet Nicholas is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor from South Texas.  She has been working in the mental health field for 20 years.  Her personal and professional experiences have led her to engage in her current passion of equine therapy.  She has her own practice where she sees clients in a traditional office, but also does some of her favorite work out in her "grassy office" with her equine therapy associates (her horses).  She went to the University of Houston, St.Edward's University, and then received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University.  Visit her websites: www.trails-less-traveled.com or www.janetnicholas.com

 

Mentioned in the episode:

Equine therapy information...

EAGALA: https://www.eagala.org/

E3A: https://www.facebook.com/E3Assoc

PATH: https://www.pathintl.org/

 "Adventures in Awareness; Learning With the Help of Horses" by Barbara Rector

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March 18, 2019  

BECOMING A CAREER COUNSELOR- Feat. Vanessa B. Monroy, LPC

Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast has reached 10 thousand plus downloads!  Thank you to all listeners!

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March 4, 2019  

BECOMING A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST- Feat. Mawule Sevon

If you want to be a school psychologist or have ever wondered what a school psychologist does, then this episode is for you!  School psychologists are collaborators, advocates, leaders, and team players!  They are in charge of assessing school aged children and identifying their needs for success in school.  They work with other clinicians like Occupational and Speech therapists as well as mental health therapists and school counselors!  In this episode we talk diagnosis, IEP's, and the many factors influencing student struggles and successes. 

Must have info about my guest:

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Mawule has been praised for her contributions to the field of school psychology and behavior analysis on addressing diversity and inclusion. She is a nationally certified school psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. With the specialization of diversity and cultural competency, Mawule has completed research, lead workshops, and facilitated discussions throughout the United States and abroad. Her philosophy centers around capacity building and empowering parents, educators, and communities by providing them the necessary information to make informed decisions. Mawule currently serves as the Executive Director of The Key Consulting Firm, an organization which focuses on addressing the racial inequity among children in schools across the nation.

 

Contact: http://www.thekeyconsult.com

 www.instagram.com/thekeyconsult

 

For questions, comments, new episode ideas......write to me! cristal@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

 

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February 18, 2019  

BECOMING A PLAY THERAPIST- feat. Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT

"Play is the language of children and toys are their words."-A Play Therapy Philosophy.
 
Working with children in therapy requires special skills.  Sometimes the best approaches with children are left to the experts who we call Registered Play Therapists.  This special certification/registration takes at least 300 extra supervised hours to attain post-licensure.  In my interview with Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT, she explains to us how to become a registered play therapist, what kinds of issues play therapists can help with, and why to choose a play therapist over a conventional therapist for your child.
 
Below is some must-have information about my guest:
 
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Kristin P. Trick, MA, LPC, RPT is a therapist who works in private practice at Sawyer Behavioral Health where she provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) along with art and play therapy interventions for clients. She also works at the El Paso Child Guidance Center where she provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7 and their parents. She is active in the El Paso community as she routinely provides trainings to local agencies and organizations on play therapy, trauma informed care, and human development. 
Kristin recently published an article in the Association for Play Therapy's quarterly magazine regarding the implementation of play therapy in outpatient psychiatric hospital programs. She received her MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Youth Ministry from Liberty University. Along with her certification as a registered play therapist (RPT), she is certified in TF-CBT and is currently pursuing accreditation in EMDR and PCIT. She enjoys reading, painting, hiking, cooking, and running. She has completed two marathons and is actively training for her third marathon in 2019. 
 
Contact Info:
Sawyer Behavioral Health
4157 Rio Bravo St.
El Paso, TX, 79902 
915-533-8696
 
El Paso Child Guidance Center
2701 E Yandell Dr.
El Paso, TX 79903
915-562-1999 
 
Mentioned in the episode: www.a4pt.org
 
 

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February 4, 2019  

BECOMING A THERAPIST-HOW SUPERVISORS HELP US GROW feat. Tim Mendoza

In this episode, we talk about how clinical supervisors are needed beyond graduate internships and licensure requirements!  Supervising at an agency can help clinicians be more well rounded and prepared for many client issues.  Supervision is also discussed in the previous episode with Dr. Kate Walker (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN).

BF2438CF-7066-4ADC-AE74-E62A1F847C88.jpegTim Mendoza graduated with a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He is currently the outpatient supervisor for Bethanna, a non-profit outpatient behavioral health program in Philadelphia.  This organization focuses on the provision of evidence based practices including PCIT and TFCBT for children and families.  He is certified in both therapy modalities and is currently working on his Level One Trainer Certification for PCIT.  Tim has over 11 years of clinical and supervisory experience and is also trained in EMDR and TCIT. 

 

Mentioned in the episode:

www.epcgc.org

http://bethanna.org/services/behavioral/

https://www.cacrep.org/

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