Students in clinical masters or doctoral graduate programs seeking consultation services outside of their doctoral program regarding difficult clinical cases. Due to the challenging nature of the supervisory relationship, it can be helpful to get a different perspective on a clinical matter at times.
Licensed counseling professionals, including but not limited to a variety of disciplines such as psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
A supervisor has ultimate responsibility and liability for the overall care provided to a person’s clients. A consultant, on the other hand, offers expertise in a particular area and is an excellent resource for cases and situations where the provider feels stuck or possibly just needs a different perspective or second opinion on the direction of treatment. From this consultation the provider then can decide how to best move forward in clinical care for their client.
On a 1-time basis to establish a direction for unique cases
On a recurring basis to support your ongoing work in various ways including but not limited to case consultation, personal career goals, and/or growing your private practice
On an as-needed basis based on your clinical and career goals
Due to Dr. Silverman’s unique personal experiences in her own graduate school training as well as a variety of clinical and teaching experiences throughout her career, she is able to draw upon 15+ years of clinical service with clients and professionals in the field. This positions her to give impactful insight and sound strategies on the most challenging of dynamic clinical matters and cases as well as managing challenging work environments. She uses a strengths-based approach to give practical perspectives and solutions in an attempt to resolve immediate challenges. She can spot areas in need of close clinical attention that do not appear to be serving the client. She is able to offer ways to work with clients to improve their life circumstances.
Dr. Silverman has extensive experience in supervising, training, and mentoring masters and doctoral-level psychology students as well as other licensed clinical professionals in the mental health field and other professions including medical students and residents at the University of Pennsylvania.
It is essential that every provider has an ongoing consulting relationship with a trusted and respected clinician that one can call upon when difficulty arises. The best part of a clinician’s work is getting to work with people and helping shape the lives of people who desire change for the better. On the flip side, the hardest part of a clinician’s work is working with people. With that said, consultation saves one from the stress and possible damage that can occur from being unaware of the clinician’s own limiting factors. Consultation should be considered part of a clinician’s self-care checklist!
Unfortunately, we only see what we are able to see. As clinicians, when we work clients over time, it is common to lose our full range of optics that an outside observer (consultant) would have the ability to see clearly.
Oftentimes clinicians go to the wrong place for professional guidance for various aspects of their clinical work or they seek no consultation at all.