Happy 2023 Dear Therapists!
As we start the new year full of hope for success in our practices, I want to share some insight on one of the many reasons that consultation is important to your career.
I recently completed an 8 CEU course through my liability insurance company on risk management. They talked about how to reduce the risk of licensing complaints for therapists.
Their approach was an analogy of a “three-legged stool of ethical practice” from a risk management perspective. The three most important parts are:
- Informed Consent (as an ongoing process)
- Comprehensive Documentation (do you use an EHR?)
- Clinical Consultation (are you looking for support?)
When you commit to ongoing clinical consultation, you gain fresh ideas on your therapeutic technique as well as an awareness of how you are functioning within the therapist-client relationship.
Consultation with colleagues, or a professional consultant is proven to correlate with fewer licensing complaints for therapists
As a bonus, Michigan recognizes the importance of consultation and allows psychologists to earn up to 10 CEU’s for peer group consultation and an additional 10 CEU’s for voluntary consultation with a psychologist.
Although social workers don’t have a similar option for CEU completion, consultation is still an excellent way to run a sustainable practice.
I have loved working with therapists who want to delve deeply into their work as a therapist, either from a business practice standpoint, or gaining personal knowledge that helps in their relationships with their clients.
If this type of clinical consultation appeals to you, don’t hesitate to reach out!