Pomegranate Health Systems has an impressive team of therapists under the direction of Clinical Director, Demetra Taylor, MA, LPCC-S. Titles, credentials and designations for counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists including roles and responsibilities of each are all set by The Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. This board is a state agency responsible for the regulation of counselors in the State of Ohio for the protection of the public. Each type of title/role has its own specializations and responsibilities, with individual gifts to offer. Partnered with nursing and psychiatry, it’s a strong and caring combination that makes for a talented team.
“Licensed Professional Counselors (PCs, PCCs, PCC-Ss) are mental health professionals with a master’s or doctoral degree, licensed by the State of Ohio, who are trained to help individuals, families, and organizations to optimize healthy functioning and prevent or remediate mental, emotional, or behavioral problems . . . . Licensed Professional Counselors (PC, PCC, PCC-S) have specialized knowledge, education, and training in the fields of human behavior, counseling principles, counseling methods and problem solving,” according to the Board’s website.
The specialized education includes having a Master’s Degree in Counseling and passing the exam. A PC is a Professional Counselor; a PCC is a Professional Clinical Counselor, and a PCC-S is a Supervising Counselor. The PC can become a PCC after two additional years of training under supervision; the PCC-S includes an additional year after the PCC-plus academic work and/or CE in clinical supervision. To maintain one’s credentialing, the counselor must earn 30 hours of continuing education every two years to renew one’s license.
‘The therapy team provides an important role at Pomegranate Health Systems through leading individual and group therapy sessions,‘ explains Demetra. “Typically, our therapists: 1. Provide diagnostic assessments, 2. Provide support to patients and family, 3. Work through traumas, 4. Monitor progress, and 5. Educate patients, families and caseworkers. Working with adolescents requires knowledge of child and adolescent development, patience, and how mental and behavioral health symptoms affect children differently,” she adds.
Alongside licensed professional counselors, one finds social workers, who bring a different nuance to the treatment process. “Licensed Social Workers (LSW or LISW) are mental health professionals licensed by the State of Ohio who are trained to help individuals, groups, families and organizations. A LSW or a LISW can help you deal with emotional problems and help you resolve conflicts or problems relating to others at home, at work, in school and in the world around you. . . . Licensed Social Workers have specialized knowledge, education and training in the fields of human development and behavior, methods of social intervention, social welfare and policy and social work theory,” according to the CSWMFT board website.
A bachelor’s degree in social work is required along with passing the national exam. That qualifies one to be an LSW or Licensed Social Worker. When an LSW then finishes supervised experience for two years following a master’s, there is another national exam to pass which is administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Social workers are licensed as professional counselors are. To keep their licenses, social workers have a two-year period to complete 30 hours of continuing education.
“Social workers bring a somewhat different perspective in that they’ve studied the social conditions and social environment which have impacted a teen’s development and interact with his or her mental and physical health,” says Demetra Taylor, Clinical Director. There are some other counseling designations one might encounter in providing therapeutic care. Those are: PhD (a doctorate degree in psychology, social work or closely related field); a PsyD (doctoral work in psychology-counseling specific) or an MFT or IMFT which stands for licensed marriage and family therapist. A PhD, for example, might provide a complete psychological evaluation. In forensic psychology or psychiatry, this is important in determining whether someone is competent to stand trial.
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