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Mentorship

Mentorship

Entering the field as a new therapist can be exciting, but also a little overwhelming without the right professional supports, especially when you are hoping to begin a private practice. Most therapists are not business people, but it takes a certain mindset to translate your new academic knowledge into creating meaningful work for yourself that can generate sufficient income. It can be a game-changer to access the guidance and experience of a more seasoned professional, but this connection often takes years to develop. Mentoring and supervision are a way to efficiently formalize your connection to a successful and seasoned therapist, as well as tap into a group of other new therapists who are navigating the same path.

What is mentorship, incubation, and supervision?

What do you need to know to run your own business? How do you attract and retain clients? What do you do if your files are subpoenaed? Who do you turn to when your client is in crisis? What should your website look like? How often should you be checking email? How do you support difficult clients? Where does your own personal development and spirutuality fit in to being a therapist?
 
There are thousands of questions new therapists have to answer when they want to begin or super-charge their private practice. Unfortunately, when you graduate from your academic program, there is rarely direction or support in the practical elements of working as a private mental health professional. Our solution to this inevitable hurdle is mentorship, incubation, and supervision.


Incubation comes from creativity research, and it is the stage is the creative process where you have planted a seed of an idea, and now the roots have to go down. Ideally, you will be around others who are in a similar situation, so you can learn from and support each other when on the surface it looks like nothing is happening. Incubation allows you to have an instant community of colleagues that is guided by an expert. Incubation is the focus of Year One through your Professional Pod.
 
Mentorship is the cornerstone of the profession of psychology. In its early days, psychology was a body of knowledge that was passed from teacher to apprentice, and initiates would work closely with masters in the field to test and implement new theories and ideas. Could you imagine having Carl Jung or Jean Piaget as your mentor? Finding and building a relationship with a mentor can take years, and we want you to be successful now, which is why we offer mentorship with generous, knowledgeable, seasoned professionals. Mentorship teaches you how much light and water you need for your plant to grow. Mentorship occurs in Year 2 through your Personal Pairing.
 
Supervision is a professional and ethical obligation in the field of mental health and has been developed to both protect the public and encourage professional growth and accountability. Your supervisor guides your through clinical conundrums and professional blocks while supporting you to develop your unique therapeutic voice. Finding a qualified clinical supervisor can feel like finding true love - we know we want it, but aren't always sure where to look! We have taken out the guesswork of finding a supervisor and provide you with best-in-class clinical supervision. Think of supervision as the ongoing maintenance of the garden you are growing. Supervision occurs in Year One (Pod) and Year Two (Pairing).

Expertise to meet your needs

Dragonfly Wellness Centre is home to an eclectic lineup of mental health specialists. No matter the problems you are facing, you are likely to find a certified therapist or coach in our team who has trained specifically to help you. Our counselling and coaching support covers:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Career Problems
  • Couples Issues
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Work-Life Balance
  • And More!  

Contact our mental health and wellness experts today to see how they can help you conquer your personal challenges!

The next steps...

Once you decide you want to join our community of therapists, you will fill in the Statement of Interest and send it, along with your resume to our Head Clinical Supervisor. You will then be contacted via email to book your telephone interview. Just as we encourage our clients to "interview" their therapists, you and your supervisor will have a mutual interview to decide if you will be a good fit. During this call, be sure to ask any questions you have about the supervisor's theoretical training and approach, and the 1 and 2-Year programs.

Year One: Professional Pod

  • Monthly online group supervision sessions facilitated by a Clinical Supervisor

Year Two: Advanced Pod + Personal Pairing

  • Monthly online group supervision sessions facilitated by your Clinical Supervisor from Year 1
  • Monthly 1:1 telephone supervision sessions (with your Clinical Supervisor from Year One)

Once we have mutually decided it is a good fit, you will receive a formal supervision agreement. A portion of your fees will be required before your Professional Pod begins.

As part of our community, you will also be invited to the Annual Supervision Symposium where all therapists in our program come together for an online interactive workshop. 

In order to ensure each and every therapist is well-supported, we only take a very limited number of new applicants each year. Applications close in July each year or when all spots have been filled. Groups begin in August, and your group will start once your Professional Pod has been filled.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

Those who join Dragonfly Wellness Centre become members of our family. Their pain is our sorrow, and their joy, our pride. The more you open up to us, the more you benefit from our shared experiences. Members of our community have found our services and support system nothing short of transformative. See what they have to say:

Unique values for a unique experience

Superior therapy sessions and workshops are not enough at Dragonfly Wellness Centre. Our mental health and wellness services consistently deliver an extraordinary experience thanks to these particular values:

  • Authenticity: Our members and experts do not hide behind masks, which facilitates genuine connections. 
  • Growth: We do more than mend your mental and emotional wounds; we equip you with the means to pursue your happiness and objectives by yourself. 
  • Pluralism: Our focus on the collective rather than the individual ensures that nobody is left behind during the healing process. 

Join our community or enroll in a course or a support group to experience the Dragonfly brand of mental health and wellness.

Take the leap!

If you are a good therapist, you have been working on your own healing and evolution. You know that things show up in the right way at the right time when you are ready, and you know when something just feels right. If it feels right for you, join our community. You will be held in a caring network of like-minded professionals who know they can make a profound difference in the lives of others while growing professionally and personally. We have a special interest in suporting therapists new to the field who are interested in the Transpersonal and Depth Psychology approaches (Jungian, Family Systems, Eriksonian, Narrative). Take the leap and plant some seeds with us!

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO MENTAL WELLNESS

Dragonfly Wellness Centre’s mental wellness services are as broad as they are deep. We offer innovative courses and workshops, intimate support groups, and invigorating one-on-one counselling and coaching, in addition to training and mentoring new therapists. 

All our offerings are led by hand-picked, accredited therapists and coaches who genuinely enjoy their work. Our experts deliver first-class sessions and content without compromising on humanity, empathy, and confidentiality.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have never worked with a Clinical Supervisor outside of your training program, you may have some questions about what you can expect.

Professional Pod meetings are 120 minutes online, Advanced Pod meetings are 90 minutes online, and Personal Pairing sessions are 60 minutes over the phone.

No. You do not have to currently belong to an association, but you do need to have appropriate educational training to qualify as a mental health therapist before you apply and be working towards registration.

For a modest fee, we will support you with reference letters for applications to the professional counselling association in your province, or to the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). If you are applying from the United States, please check with your professional organization if you are permitted to work with a supervisor outside your country.

For Canadian applicants, you can count your Professional Pod and Personal Pairing hours towards qualifying as a Registered Counsellor. At the end of Year 2, you will have 36 clinical supervision hours and 18 peer-to-peer supervision hours.

While you are working towards registration, you will be held to the professional Code of Conduct of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

 

Clinical supervision by a qualified professional ranges from $175 - $250 CAD per hour. We have decided to support those new to the field by providing a high-quality, wrap-around supervision experience that is professionally recognized, expertly facilitated, and yet affordable.

Year One: Professional

  • Professional Pod: monthly group supervision, facilitated by your Clinical Supervisor (online)
  • Fee: 12 monthly payments of $97 + GST

Year Two: Advanced

  • Advanced Pod: peer-to-peer supervision with Pod from Year 1 (online)
  • Personal Pairing: customized quarterly telephone sessions with your Clinical Supervisor
  • Fee: 12 monthly payments of $127 + GST (pre-requisite is satisfactory completion of Year 1)

What is the Dragonfly Wellness Centre?

What is the Dragonfly Wellness Centre?

Dragonfly Wellness Centre is a fully online, BC-based community united in overcoming emotional challenges and promoting mental wellness. Led by seasoned clinical therapists and certified coaches, our services include courses and workshops on mental health, a vast array of welcoming support groups, one-on-one counselling and coaching, and mentoring and supervising new practitioners looking to break into the field.  

Like the wings of a dragonfly that are constantly changing in colour to match the sun’s reflection, expect a life-changing experience every time you come to us.

The Dragonfly community awaits you

Joining our community means having access to first-rate therapists and coaches, hundreds of expert-vetted courses and workshops in our Dragonfly Resource Centre, and safe, judgment-free groups where you can bond with kindred individuals and heal together. See just how much we take your mental health seriously by filling out the contact form below.

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