Trauma Education & Consultation Services, Inc.
Training + Coaching + Supervision

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Denice Colson, PhD, LPC, MAC, CPCS, CCS

Supervision

Professional Disclosure-


Hi! I’m Denice Colson.

I’ve been in the counseling field since 1982 and have worked in a variety of therapeutic venues. I’ve lived with adolescent girls in a residential wilderness setting; worked in psychiatric hospitals with children, adolescents and adults; I’ve worked in outpatient counseling settings with groups, individuals, families and couples. I also design and conduct continuing education training for professionals.


I specialize in trauma recovery, which has been the focus of my counseling practice since 1992. For my dissertation in 2011/2012 I developed my own integrated model, Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery©. I have self-published two books, Stop Treating Symptoms and Start Resolving Trauma: Inside-Out Healing for Survivors of ALL Types, and the most recent, Break Every Stinking Chain: Healing for Hidden Wounds. I train counselors and consult regarding the implementation of STAR in individual practice and residential programs.


My Philosophy of Supervision

I most closely ally with the developmental models of supervision. I believe that as a supervisee you will go through periods of development in your process of “becoming” a clinically sound and personally confidant professional counselor. I see my role as one of providing guidance, support, and challenge.


Guidance means that I will make recommendations regarding professional and personal development as we discuss cases and work situations. If you are having a particularly difficult time with a client, I may recommend some techniques, books or articles, or specific training areas. While we will do case management, supervision is not really about clients, but about you. As you progress from early stages to middle and later stages in your development, I will do more listening and less guiding, encouraging you to make decisions about treatment and development more on your own.


Support is very important during supervision and beyond. I want to provide a supportive environment and not a fearful one. I want you to be able to discuss your successes and your failures without feeling judged or condemned. I want you to leave supervision feeling encouraged and challenged to grow as a person and as a counselor. Should you experience on-the-job trauma, I also want to provide an opportunity for processing these experiences in order to avoid burnout. If I believe you could personally benefit from counseling, I will also recommend and support your seeking out an experienced personal counselor.


While guidance and support are important to development, no one grows without challenge. I will encourage you to use critical thinking and creative problem solving while applying your theoretical model to cases you present in our meetings. I will ask you to clearly articulate your personal theoretical model and eventually develop it in writing. I will encourage you to think outside the box, explore new ideas and views, and examine transference or counter-transference. One of my roles is also as a gate-keeper in professional counseling. Should I become concerned about your ability to practice professional counseling, it is my responsibility to recommend a means of remediation. If this is not completed or if at the end of our supervision time together, I believe that you are not fit to practice professional counseling, it is my responsibility to recommend that you NOT be licensed.


I believe that relationship is at the heart of what makes counseling work, but that technique is also important in the process of counseling. I lean more toward a psychoanalytic model than a cognitive behavioral mode. I have developed my own model for counseling, Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery© and, if you attend training in that model, I will also guide you in the proper implementation of this technique.


I believe strongly in the integration of spirituality in counseling, and specifically practice Christian integration. I follow a philosophy of “continuum” of care discussed by the American Psychological Association when it comes to spirituality in counseling. Spiritually avoidant care is unethical, spiritually conscious care is the minimum requirement, spiritually integrated care is ideal, and spiritually directive care requires specialized training in the specific spiritual discipline in which the client is requesting direction. I will help you to practice at the level in which you are allowed and/or desire to practice.


I’m also quite open and love to discuss and answer questions of any kind. Although I cannot ethically develop a personal friendship with my supervisees, I hope that we have a friendly relationship and enjoy spending time together in supervision.



Interested in supervision? Contact Denice Colson at Denice@TraumaEducation.com. Include an introductory letter similar to the one I have included here (300-500 words) and a copy of your resume or Vitae. Indicate whether you are interested in supervision in McDonough, GA.