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About Dr. Arias Shah


Dr. Arias Shah is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. As a gatekeeper of the supervisees, an essential goal is to collaborate and facilitate their development into competent, confident, lawful and ethical therapists by assisting them to gain a sense of confidence, understand the value of not working in a vacuum (need to keep collegial relationship), embrace a theoretical framework, develop an awareness of self and systems and the interactive effects on another (their ideas of client’s story, their own experiences related to client’s story and how they manage the therapy process (Lee & Nelson (2014)), to be mindful of their therapeutic language (circular versus linear), understand the implications of the laws and ethics involved in their cases including their administrative work competency, and master their therapeutic approach. To achieve this, Dr. Arias Shah is mindful of how to challenge the supervisees and be supportive (Goldenthal, 1994). Moreover, Dr. Arias Shah values and looks forward to building a working alliance with her supervisees, respecting them as unique individuals being mindful of culture, diversity and language in contextualizing their work and professional development, to collaborate with them in developing their professional and clinical goals accordingly, as it is vital to the supervisory relationship.


Expectations of supervision with Dr. Arias Shah

The expectation of the trainees is for them to be dedicated to the supervision process. They are expected to comply with ethical, professional and legal procedures. To meet these expectations, the trainees’ goals would be to develop the self of the therapist (awareness) and effective clinical skills to meet the AAMFT core competencies. Moreover, to meet the overall goals, first their has to be an assessment on what the supervisee initially knows about self, models, therapy, ethics, etc. Then the smaller goals would be established, which may include staffing cases, challenging paradigms, identifying cycles, understanding languages, meaning and context, having an awareness of biases and potential harm. Dr. Arias Shah and her supervisees would identify how her goals as a supervisor, and theirs, as well as those of AAMFT are in line and are met by the end of their supervision journey to be granted their license and/or keep it.


Dr. Arias Shah believes supervision is important and absolutely necessary throughout a clinician’s profession. The need and value for supervision is to one assure that the supervisees gain the necessary insights, understanding, tools, skills, and mindset that is needed to become an ethical, competent lawful clinician to be able to help their clients and more importantly do no harm. Secondly, through the process of supervision the supervisees can potentially avoid burning out by learning how to take care of themselves, develop collegial relationships that may be beneficial to them as professionals and clinicians, and continue gaining opportunities to continue growing and refining their skills when discuss cases, in turn helping their clients.


Given the wealth of diversities among individuals and systems, Dr. Arias Shah believes that supervision should be integrative. She would be mindful of what methods and approaches to integrate that would be in line with the purpose and goals of supervision. She would encourage the supervisee/s to challenge themselves to learn different approaches in preparation for licensure, but more importantly to broaden their perceptions and skills when assessing their work and helping their clients. The continual development of the therapist is a journey between the trainee and supervisor holding both accountable in evaluating the self, the system/s, and the therapy. To measure their development Dr. Arias Shah would use a post assessment/evaluation based on an initial pre-assessment/evaluation.


To facilitate this growth Dr. Arias Shah would require both individual and group supervision sessions as part the supervisees' clinical supervised hours. She believes and has experienced herself the benefits of having both individual and group supervision, which offsets the disadvantages of having only one, providing the trainees’ with amply opportunities to learn about him or her self personally and professionally. Some Advantages of group supervision have been: an opportunity to consult with several therapists, obtain different perspectives how to approach cases/therapy, gain a sense of support (future network), and so forth. Of course in a dyadic session the advantages are that the supervisees would get the individual attention needed to be able to open up more, sharing more details about a case, granting opportunities to process their thinking more comfortably, and sharpen their skills. Dr. Arias Shah would encourage them to inquire with their clients to see if they are open to being audio recorded for the purpose of solely therapeutic development, which would only be reviewed by the supervisee and her, and upon the case being closed the audio will be disposed. The advantage of this format is that it will be similar to a live supervision, but more advantageous because of the ability to rewind. However, retrospective case presentation, the most common format in staffing cases depends solely on the memory of the clinician, which may be considered a disadvantage.


Regardless of which format of supervision Dr. Arias Shah will require supervisees to have filled out before supervision session a form for either individual or group supervision in where they will conceptualize a case they would like to address in session. These forms though slightly different would include: case summary, success and challenges with the case, therapist’s needs and concerns, reflection of the therapist’ self in the room, and identify which model he or she is using.


In summary, as a systemic thinker and in guiding future MFTs Dr. As Shah will be mindful of the supervisee as an individual and a whole, that is that the supervisee is a part of several systems that affect his or her thinking and actions (family, work demands, culture, religion, gender, health, stressors, etc..). She will encourage the trainees to be mindful of how they are being systemic when working with their client/s through language and questions to promote positive change and identify the difference that makes a difference within a frame of safety guided by their gained competency of what is an effective and ethical AAMFT therapist.

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Registered Intern FAQs


1. How do I begin as a registered intern accumulating supervision hours toward licensure with you as my supervisor?  It's EASY as ABC!

If you are doing clinical work and would like to do supervision with me, call me so we can make sure we'd be a good fit, then:

a. Go to the FL Dept. of Health link here to create an account & get application, pay the DOH Registration fee

b. Based on our initial consultation and after you have done point a. (above) then you may book & pay your initial session or save with the quarterly package deal.

c. Now that there is an agreement between you and I to start supervision. I will provide you and email the Board Office a letter required of my commitment to supervise you.  NOTE: Your registered intern number will not be issued until the Board has received this information.

d. Upon completing steps a-c, within 2 weeks of receipt of your completed application with the letter provided by me, you should receive the your card with your registration number.

e. Then we can begin! And you can start accumulating hours!


2. When can I take the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Supervision or NCMHCE Mental Health Counseling Exam?

You can take the exam after you are registered with the state and every 90 days thereafter if you don't pass. You  have to submit an application with the state to be approved to schedule the exam date with the testing center.


3. What is the benefit of paying for 3 months at a time (quarterly package)?

If you pay for supervision services in advance, you lock in the current rates for the entire duration of supervision and you will save hundreds of dollars every time you renew this way. This will save you even more money in the event that you need to stay in supervision for longer than 100 weeks (need to continue in supervision until you meet all clinical hours and you pass the licensure exam).


4. How often will we meet? Will it be just me?

The state requires 1 hr/supervision for (full-time) registered interns doing 15 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy with clients each week, or 1 hr/supervision biweekly for (part-time) less than 15 hours of face to face psychotherapy with clients each week. Generally, it takes 2-4 years to finish supervision. Supervision cannot be completed in less than 100 weeks, regardless of how many clients you work with weekly. We can meet as often as your work schedule requires.

However, typically we will meet for individual sessions every other week for 2 hours (up to 2 supervisees) for at least half the time we meet, and group sessions for up to half our time together (3 or more supervisees). See 491 Board Rules and Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling website here for requirements.


5. How do I document completion of our supervision sessions?

You encouraged to document each of our sessions for your records. I can provide you with a template to keep track of the dates that we meet along the way.

The state of FL only requires that supervision and clinical hours be documented once they are completed using the Supervisor Attestation form here, to be submitted when you apply for licensure or if you decide to change supervisors. I will fill out the Supervisor Attestation form and give it to you when you are done with supervision or to mail it to the state board directly if you'd prefer.


6. What should I do if I want to have hours I did in another state count here?

If you are trying to carry over hours from another state, it would be safest to email the state of Florida at the Department of Health to inquire about how many hours FL will count, if any, from the other state, and how many hours of supervision you have remaining if any. It is best to email Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling because that way you will have their answer in writing for clarification.  Each state’s standards are different.


7. Am I locked into a contract if I start supervision with you?

No, there is no contract to sign. You can change supervisors however you would notify the state board of the change.


8. What are your policies regarding confidentiality and client charts/files?

All discussions in supervision are confidential and not shared with anyone outside the session. In addition, no identifying client information or documentation is shared in session. Any review or signing off on client charts should be completed by your work supervisor/person designated by your employer.


9. When can I take the licensure exam?

At this time, Registered Interns/Supervisees in FL can take the exam anytime by simply submitting a test application.

Current Registered interns don't have to renew their registration anymore.

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