Nicola Pierre-Smith is a Black Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who meets the requirements to provide all the clinical supervision hours for an LPC and half of the supervision hours for a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to having over 10 years of clinical experience in the field, Pierre-Smith completed Temple University’s post-graduate comprehensive Clinical Supervision and the Transgender Education Courses because of the value she places on the combination of experiential and didactic learning.
Clinical Experiences prior to private practice:
- Director, Outpatient Children & Youth
- Clinical Coordinator, Adult Forensic Community Mental Health
- Clinical Specialist, Forensic Residential Mental Health
- Clinician, Residential Treatment Facility (Youth Forensic Unit)
Areas of Clinical Expertise:
- EMDR Therapy
- Problematic Sexual Behaviors & Specialized Sex Offender Treatment (SSOTX)
- Trauma Therapy (including sexual trauma, complex trauma, and more)
- BIPOC Therapy & Therapy for Immigrant populations
Clinical Supervision Philosophy:
Pierre-Smith’s clinical supervision is guided by the Relational Model (Knight, 2017) and Developmental Model (Taibbi, 2013) as is reflected in the way she provides clinical feedback, support, and evaluation of administrative tasks or case consultations. She takes into consideration a supervisee’s stage of development and cultural background to maintain a supervisory relationship that is informed by the code of ethics in Counseling, Social Work, and Psychology practice. The specific techniques that she uses to facilitate clinical supervision are based largely on each supervisee’s learning style, which will be identified at the start of clinical supervision.
You can expect the outline of clinical supervision to follow a consultancy format, which includes a review of case conceptualization, review of literature, and pertinent regulations and ethics codes as needed. This approach offers Therapists and Clinicians who are receiving clinical supervision from Pierre-Smith the opportunity to strengthen their therapeutic skills, gain mastery of interventions, enhance their therapeutic identity and overcome personal challenges that they experience when providing therapy.
Knight, C (2017). The mutual aid model of group supervision, The Clinical Supervisor, 36:2, 259-281, DOI: 10.1080/07325223.2017.1306473
Taibbi, R (2013). Clinical supervision: a four-stage process of growth and discovery. Families International, Inc. Wisconsin
Benefits of External Clinical Supervision:
- Addresses issues related to power and privilege that arises in community mental health agencies, and when providing therapy to clients.
- Opportunities for parallel processing through cross cultural supervision. This refers to differences in the supervisor and supervisee cultures and demographic background which includes differences in race, religion, ethnicity, and language.
Clinical Supervision Fees:
- $100 per supervision hour for unlicensed or provisionally licensed therapists working towards an LPC or LCSW.
- $250 per supervision hour for licensed Therapists seeking clinical supervision or case consultation.