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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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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January 7, 2019  

BECOMING A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER feat. Erica Barrales, LCSW & Alvely Alcantara, LCSW

Social work is a diverse and large field where individuals can grow professionally in many different directions.  Clinical Social Work is one area of specialty where social workers can conduct therapy services.  Licensed Clinical Social workers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities that allows them the title of "therapist".  LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, Counseling Psychologists, and some school psychologists can do "therapy" or what we call "clinical work".  After this episode about LCSWs, I will be interviewing psychologists and therapy/clinical supervisors so you can understand the nuanced positions the mental health field has to offer.

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Here is some must have info about today's guests:

Erica Barrales, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who currently works as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Children and Family Services in Orange, California. She currently is assigned as a Senior Social Worker in the Specialized Family Services: Continuing and Court Officers program. For the past 11 years, she has worked with children and families in the capacity of family reunification, family maintenance, and adoption focused cases. For the past 5 years she has worked with the special medical, developmental, and behaviorally fragile children and families. She is a seasoned and well-rounded leader within her program. She’s been in the social work field since 2003 and has experience in school counseling, psychotherapy, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Work interns. She provides clinical supervision to Associate Clinical Social Workers earning clinical hours for licensure.

She was raised as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up in Anaheim, CA. She is married to her husband of 13 years, who is a deputy sheriff. She has 3 boys, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, loves to drink wine, dance, and spend time with her large family. 

 

Alvely Alcantara is an LCSW in the state of NC with cultural roots in the Dominican Republic. She has been in practice since March 2015 at a nonprofit serving the local Latinx community. The majority of her work is done in Spanish as most of her clients are Spanish speakers. She specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety and adjustment/acculturation problems, and primarily works with females. She loves working with teens (15+) to young adults but has the ability to work with people from eight to a geriatric age. She is not yet in private practice but plans to take that next step for her career.  She has a passion for working with the Military population and comes from a military family herself.

 To get in touch with Alvely or Erica, you can email hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

For more information about social work you may visit the National Association of Social Work:

https://www.socialworkers.org/

https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers

 

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December 24, 2018  

BECOMING A SOCIAL WORKER- feat. Elisa D., LMSW

Social Workers can thrive in many settings---hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, and much more!  Elisa and I discuss the versatility of social workers and talk about what it takes to become a clinical social worker.

Elisa Dobler, LMSW is a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center since October of 2015. Elisa has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from UTEP and is Licensed Clinical Social Work Candidate. While in the master of social work program, Elisa was awarded the Hogg Bilingual Scholarship for Mental Health and the SAMSHA/HRSA Borderland Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative Grant. Currently she is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR among other modalities and works primarily with victims of crime. Previously, Elisa worked in public education as an IB (International Baccalaureate) teacher and English IV teacher from 2006-2013. She speaks three languages and enjoys taking weekend hikes, playing the piano, and spending time with family.

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December 10, 2018  

BECOMING A SCHOOL COUNSELOR-featuring Vanessa De Jesus, LAC

Counselors are liaisons who balance student emotions & academics.  They handle crises, teach counseling lessons in classrooms, provide psychoeducation to teachers, maintain positive working relationships with parents, and help kids with anything from bullying to grieving!

Vanessa De Jesus Guzman is a licensed associate counselor and a national certified counselor with 15 years of experience in the education and counseling fields combined.  Before becoming a counselor Vanessa was a tenured second grade teacher. Her love for wanting to help children on a deeper level led her to begin a career in counseling. Vanessa is currently a middle school counselor in an New Jersey public schools and a licensed therapist providing in-home therapy to children and families in crisis. Vanessa also runs social skills groups for children ages 7-13.

Vanessa’s passion is helping children grow to be caring, thriving and resilient kids with strong values and sound character.  She is also dedicated to helping parents and educators build strong and healthy relationships with their children and students, which she accomplishes via speaking engagements, parent coaching, and blogging.  

On her free time Vanessa enjoys being active in professional organizations, salsa dancing, practicing yoga, and laughing with her husband and son.

Website: www.counselor-dejesus.com

Email: counselorvdejesus@gmail.com

Instagram: @counselorvdejesus

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November 12, 2018  

BECOMING A THERAPIST- Fully Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Private Practice feat. Z, Lopez & M. Plascencia, LMFTs

In this second part of HOW MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS ARE MADE, we are moving up the ladder.  In this episode, I speak with two fully licensed marriage and family therapists.  They spill the tea on how to sustain yourself as a therapist, how therapy is "soul work", and the importance of Latinxs becoming therapists!

Below is must-have information on my guests!

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Maritza Plascencia, LMFT

Maritza received a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in English from University of California Irvine where she interned for the OC Public Defender's Office interviewing minors in custody at Juvenile Hall.  Upon graduating she was hired as a Victim Advocate assigned to assist victims in domestic violence cases going through the criminal justice system.  She decided to pursue her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology after witnessing the effects of unhealthy relationships and the dysfunction these create for everyone involved; from the children who felt lonely and misunderstood in their own homes, to the adults dealing with the mental and emotional impact resulting from their unhealthy relationships.

Throughout her career, Maritza has worked with individuals, couples and families addressing anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault and relationship issues, to mention a few. 

Her style is to use an integrative, client-centered and emotionally focused approach that includes mind-body techniques and provides clients with practical tools.  She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which she finds helpful in working with individuals trying to address past traumas and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which she uses in her work with most couples.

 

Zeahlot Lopez

Zeahlot Lopez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Cosmetologist helping humans rebuild their spirit. Guided by her intuition, clinical training, life experiences, and some luck she currently helps individuals and families lead a happier life! Aside from providing mental health services to better the lives of her clients, she enjoys providing coaching services to entrepreneurs and those looking to increase their emotional intelligence. She enjoys comedy, singing in her shower, and cooking new dishes. Recently she was featured on the television network Univision, speaking on challenges associated with Mental Health and in LA Voyage magazine as a featured entrepreneur. She is currently creating workshops for women and young professionals. 

You can reach either of these amazing Latina Healers below:

http://www.mindfulquestrelationshipcounseling.com/maritza/

https://www.vidatherapy.co/

and of course, you can send any questions or feedback to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

 

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