Ann B. Blake, PhD, PLLC

Licensed Counseling Psychologist
Jungian-Oriented Psychotherapy & Supervision

Opening Pathways to the Soul


Compassion can be roughly defined in terms of a state of mind that is non-violent, non-harming, and non-aggressive. It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards others. 

In discussing the definition of compassion, the “Tibetan word twe-wa." There is also a sense to the word of its being a state of mind that can include a wish for good things for oneself. 

In developing compassion, perhaps one could begin with the wish that oneself be fee of suffering, and then take that natural feeling towards oneself and cultivate it, enhance it, and extend it out to include and embrace other. 

~The 14th Dalai Lama

Follmi, E., & Follmi, L. (2003). Offerings: Buddhist wisdom for every day. New York, NY:Stewart, Tabori & Chang. 

Supervision

Clinical Supervision (pre-licensure) and Clinical Consultation (post-licensure) provide a confidential context in which to continue to enhance clinical conceptualization and skills, to deepen understanding of an individual client’s dynamics, and to explore and apply intersubjective responses. 

I have completed the Washington State Approved Supervisor training; I can, therefore, provide pre-licensure supervision for Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Associate (LMHC-A) providers as well as for clinicians working toward their Washington State Psychologist licenses. I also provide ongoing clinical consultation for both Licensed Counselors and Licensed Psychologists. My fee for supervision is $120/hour.

Washington State Mental Health Counselor License

LMHC-A practitioners must complete the following requirements 
(Chapter 18.225 RCW, 246-809 WAC): 

“Minimum of 36 months of full-time counseling or 3000 hours of postgraduate mental health counseling under the supervision of an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner in an approved setting.

At least 100 hours must be in immediate supervision with an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner. Per the LMHC license application, immediate supervision is defined as: “At least 100 hours; a meeting with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and no more than two licensing consultants. At least 1200 hours must be direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups, or families. Completion of 36 hours of continuing education, six of which is in professional law and ethics.”
http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/670036.pdf

Graduation from a CACREP (American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) Accredited Master’s Program: 

(1) reduction to 2500 hours of postgraduate mental health counseling (rather than 3000 hours of postgraduate mental health counseling under the supervision of an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner in an approved setting).

(2) reduction to 50 hours (rather than 100 hours) of immediate supervision with an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner.

“State Licensure verification Exam: 

Either of the following National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) exams are accepted: 
National Counselor Exam (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE).
Exam registration questions: NBCC at www.nbcc.org
Special accommodations for the exam: 
http://www.nbcc.org/Exams/Accomodations

Washington State Department of Health website for LMHC-A and Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensing information: 
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor

Washington State Psychologist License

A Psychologist license requires the following post-doctoral Supervisee experience: “If 3,000 hours of supervised experience has not been completed at the end of the doctoral degree program, then up to 1,500 hours of supervised post-doctoral experience can be used to satisfy the total requirement. Post-doctoral supervised experienced must be completed only if an applicant does not already have 3000 hours of supervised experience. 

State license verification. Exams: apply directly to Professional Exam Services (PES).
“Once we have verification of your passing the EPPP and documentation of 3300 supervised hours, you will be schedule for the jurisprudence exam.”

“Washington State Jurisprudence Examination
The Washington State Jurisprudence Examination is the last step in the license process. The exam is a multiple-choice, open-book exam given monthly at the Department of Health in Tumwater. More information is on the psychology exam webpage.”

“Additional information/Documents Required:
HIV/AODS training – seven hours
Successfully passed the Washington State Jurisprudence Examination (EPPP) – scores verified from appropriate organization/agency.
Successfully passed the Washington State jurisprudence examination.”

http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Psychologist/LicenseRequirements

http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Psychologist

"Pilgrims," Logroño, Spain. Photo (c) Ann B. Blake.
In his book on kindness, Ferrucci writes about various aspects that compose the domain of kindness. In the chapter exploring the aspect of joy, Ferrucci explores various dimensions, definitions and orientations. At one point, Ferrucci (2006) asks the following pertinent question that we can apply to the art and practice of participating in therapeutic relationships with our clients: “do you prefer to be helped by someone who is sacrificing himself [sic], or by someone who is happy to be doing it” (p. 200). 

How does the above question pertain to your current practice as an intern?
To what extent to you value joy in your work?
What degree of joy do you bring joy to your work?
What is the relationship between anxiety and joy?
What is the relationship between joy and compassion/kindness?

Ferrucci, P. (2006). The power of kindness: The unexpected benefits of leading a compassionate life. New York, NY: Penguin.
Web site designed by Dan Keusal.
(Photo credit upper left: "Pilgrims," 
Logroño, Spain. Photo 
(c) Ann B. Blake)