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Episode 38: How to Have a Teaching Group Practice with Christopher Smith



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In today’s podcast interview, I talk with The Rev. Christopher L. Smith, LCAC, LMHC, LMFT on setting up a teaching group practice. In the episode, we talk about:

  1. How the teaching model came about for him, and if this was planned or something that he grew into. (*hint: it wasn’t planned!)
  2. What the benefits are in focusing on a model of teaching in practice. (*Broader reach)
  3. Challenges and considerations one might face when implementing a teaching model with interns and residents/provisionally licensed therapists. *Think supervision, time spent, financial.
  4. Broader goals/impact a teaching practice can have on the community.

It was fun to learn about how a teaching group practice benefits not only emerging therapists and allows Christopher to impact the minds of these therapists, but also be able to serve the community in a new way.

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Christopher SmithThe Rev. Christopher L. Smith, LCAC, LMHC, LMFT is the President and Clinical Director of Seeking Shalom Mental Health Counseling, P.C. and of Seeking Shalom Marriage and Family Therapy, P.C., both in New York, NY (more information about these may be found at www.SeekingShalom.org). He personally works with individuals, couples and families on a variety of mental health issues incorporating spirituality into the therapeutic process. In these practices, he supervises other psychotherapists (most of whom are at different pre-licenure stages) and provides consultation to religious leaders about how these two dimensions of people’s lives interact. He also maintains a minimal clinical role in Indiana. Christopher was trained at Yale University and completed his residency at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana. His knowledge, experience and training is broad. Christopher also has authored books such as “Honest Talk About Serious Mental Illness” and several resources for therapists (available through https://www.bigapplepublishing.com/shalompress/resourcestoaidshalom/) and has published on sites such as Yahoo and PBS This Emotional Life.

Episode 38: [Interview] How to Have a Teaching Group Practice with Christopher Smith

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