“Educating the mind without educating the heart
is no education at all.” Aristotle
Teaching is an integral part of my professional identity and vision to help train the next generation of psychologists. I am very grateful for many excellent professors, supervisors, and mentors, and I hope to share some of their experience in the classes I lead. I teach doctoral students in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University (since 2005).
In addition to my clinical work, supervising and teaching have become the spice of my professional life. I must admit, I love the excitement of new students, new books, fresh notebooks and pens, and tweaking my syllabus once again each year. It has been a true privilege to serve on Clinical Faculty, leading practicum (VT) classes, as well as assisting with admissions, qualifying exams, and pre-doctoral internship applications. I find it intellectually and emotionally rewarding to work with graduate students, who are typically very bright, compassionate, and motivated. Students consistently teach me things about psychology, therapy, and life—keeping me fresh and updated, which is a great enrichment.
I firmly believe in and offer “competency-based supervision” based on the “Guidelines for Clinical Supervision” to LPAs and temporarily licensed psychologists. This supervision prioritizes the care of the client and protection of the public; the acquisition of competence and professional development of the supervisee. It occurs within a respectful and collaborative supervisory relationship and intentionally integrates the dimensions of diversity in all aspects of professional practice. Supervision uses a developmental and strengths-based approach that requires reflective practice and self-assessment, incorporates bi-directional feedback, and evaluation (APA, 2014). Last but not least, supervision also fosters opportunities for creativity, self-care, and emotional balance. Also, I have served as a site supervisor since 2003, including Seven Counties Services (Centerstone), JCPS, OLOP, and supplemental couples therapy (at my current practice).
Inspired by the work of classic work of Steven Covey (1988) and Kouzes & Pozner (1987—2017) as well as fresh insights by Brene Brown (2018), I have offered leadership counseling to numerous managers and leaders in various fields; provided formal leadership training with the US Navy; and witnessed my father and grandfather leading a small family business. I offer leadership training to individuals or in small groups.