Congrats on getting through your graduate studies! Whether you're a fresh grad or it has been some years since you donned that graduation cap, way to go! As your continue your journey in this counseling field, if you're looking for a Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor, you're in the right place!
Hi! My name is Ada Pang, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a WA state approved supervisor and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) supervisor candidate. I'm taking steps to become an AAMFT approved supervisor because I value learning and I see the importance of mentorship and supervision in our growing field of psychotherapy.
Currently, I run a counseling private practice in Redmond, WA called People Bloom Counseling. I DO love the business side of private practice! Prior to being out on my own, I was in community mental health and outpatient behavioral health for close to ten years. I also pioneered the mental health program at a neighborhood health clinic and volunteered at various residential and church settings.
Aside from building a caseload with ideal clients, I'm also open to meeting with post-graduate professionals seeking supervision hours toward their Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Social Worker (LICSW/LASW) licensure. As an AAMFT supervisor candidate, my work is guided by relational thinking, meaning I seek to help my supervisees approach all of their cases from a systems perspective.
During fall of 2016, I provided practicum supervision to students entering the Marriage Family Therapy program at my alma mater, Seattle Pacific University. In the spring of 2017, I co-supervised Practicum III with my mentor and continue to co-supervise with him for associates accruing hours for licensure. I enjoy learning from the generations of therapists before me.
What are the requirements for becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor?
Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor is a very involved process. I am required to:
- have two years of clinical experience since obtaining an MFT license or two years of clinical experience since obtaining AAMFT Clinical membership (LMFT license since Nov 2008)
- be evaluated for and offered AAMFT Clinical membership (Clinical member since Jan 2009)
- attend a 15-hour supervision track at an AAMFT Annual Conference (completed in Sept 2015)
- complete an AAMFT pre-approved 15-hour didactic course (completed in Feb 2017)
- write a Philosophy of Supervision paper (completed in Feb 2017)
- provide 180-hours of supervision to supervisees (ongoing)
- meet with an experienced Approved Supervisor for 36-hours of mentorship (met but ongoing)
- be in supervision training for a minimum of 2-years (ongoing)
Here's more information.
How is this process different from becoming a WA-state approved supervisor?
A WA-state Approved Supervisor must:
- hold a license without restrictions that has been in good standing for at least two years
- complete a minimum of 15-hours of training in clinical supervision
- obtain 25-hours of experience in supervision of clinical practice
- demonstrate supervisee's knowledge of practice setting, record keeping, financial management, ethics of clinical practice and a backup plan for coverage
You can read more about this here.
What are the licensing requirements in WA?
Ready to launch?!
I hope you find the help you need to grow in our exciting field of psychotherapy! It'll be a privilege to join you on this journey!