Entries by Curt Widhalm

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What’s next for mental health professionals during COVID?

The COVID pandemic has focused largely on physical health, the role of frontline treatment providers, and the overall public health measures. While not quite as much in front of the news and much less of a priority for funding, we are seeing mental health impacts as well both in the general public and mental health […]

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Clinical Supervision and Workforce issues

The vast majority of clinical supervision research focuses on the interaction between the client and supervisee. More expansive models of supervision will also look at contextual factors, such as the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee (for example, the Hawkins & Shohet Seven-Eyed model of supervision). However, even these more expansive models fail to fully […]

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Online therapy is here to stay

Online isn’t going away for therapists…the good and the bad The COVID-19 crisis forced the majority of the mental healthcare profession online—from graduate school training to supervision to delivery of services to clients. After the initial transition many experienced therapists reported success in their transition to online care, especially those working from CBT models, with […]

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Traumatizing Trauma Workers: Don’t Leave the choice to the worker

Circling in the news recently and being shared widely on social media is the story of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York ER doctor who died by suicide after having served in the frontlines in treating cases of COVID-19. While Dr. Breen was not a therapist, any member of our healthcare community that dies by […]

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Psychotherapy’s ‘Yes Man’ Problem

Earlier this week, I shared our most recent podcast episode in several online groups. Almost immediately, the content was challenged by someone who had obviously not listened to the episode because our guests are still in graduate school. Most of the remainder of the comments were positive and supportive. Ironically, part of the episode described […]

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Volunteering for shame

We clearly stand for paying people for work, as evidenced by our episode on A Living Wage for Prelicensees. Additionally, there’s an aspect of the pervasiveness of volunteer positions for prelicenesees in our profession that is potentially killing the ability to earn a living wage once licensed—and it’s not for the reasons that one might […]