Apr 23, 2018
In this episode of the
Practice of Therapy Podcast, Gordon talks with Rachel McCrickard,
LMFT about clinical supervision and her new venture, Motivo. Motivo helps solve the
problem clinicians have around finding supervisors that are a good
fit for them in their development and movement toward licensure.
One the problems many people run into, especially in rural areas,
is being able to have access to clinical supervision. They
discuss the changes that have occurred with the licensure in many
states, and the ability to meet with clinical supervisors via video
conferencing. Motivo helps pair pre-licensed clinicians with the
clinical supervisors they really want to work with.
Meet Rachel McCrickard,
Rachel McCrickard, Founder/CEO
of Motivo, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
with extensive experience in the mental health care industry.
A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Rachel spent the
early years of her career providing therapy to homeless individuals
in Los Angeles, CA. In 2011, Rachel returned to her hometown
of Chattanooga, TN where she began providing therapy to rural and
underserved areas at a large mental health agency. Rachel began to
recognize the difficulty many therapists experiences when
attempting to find quality clinical supervision in rural areas.
Impassioned by her inherent entrepreneurial spirit, Rachel fostered
the creation of Motivo in 2017 and is now providing therapists with
an easier path to licensure through online supervision.
Finding the Right
Much of the clinical supervision
process mirrors what we do in therapy with our clients. It is
so important to find the right “fit” with a clinical supervisor.
After all, you will be spending a great deal of time and making a
significant financial commitment to move through the licensure
process. Having a healthy relationship with the person who is
supervising you is so critical for your development as a
clinician. One dilemma is
being supervised by someone with a different theoretical or
clinical background from the clinician’s training. For
example, an MFT with training in systems theory working with
someone using a more individually focused model.
Motivo Solving the
When Rachel moved from California
back to Tennessee she began working on forming Motivo out of a need
she saw with many of her fellow clinicians. She was working
for an agency and saw the struggle of many pre-licensed people
having a hard time finding people to supervise them.
Not only was it difficult for people
to find clinical supervisors, the time and money commitment was
prohibitive because of the distances people were having to travel
to meet with supervisors. The solution was two-fold; using video
conferencing and having a directory of clinical supervisors that
could provide supervision.
is a Portuguese word that means “foundation”. The whole idea behind
Motivo is helping clinicians make the best of their training years
and developing a good foundation for their clinical
Accessibility and Reasonable
When Rachel formed Motivo, it was
with the idea of making clinical supervision not only accessible
but affordable as well. Currently, they are in need of people
to be supervisors. For supervisors, it is free to join. Apply
at wearemotivo.com For people seeking a supervisor, the rates are
very reasonable with a maximum individual rate of $60 per hour, $50
per hours for dyads and $40 per hour for groups. They also
have the opportunity to interview as many potential supervisors at
For clinicians that are already
licensed, offering supervision is a great way to diversify income
and create other streams of income. In particular, if you are
able to have supervision groups that help maximize your time. It’s
a win/win proposition in that you are creating other income for
yourself and helping newer clinicians with their licensure
Taking Risks and “Making the
Another thing that Rachel and Gordon
discussed was how Rachel had been working for an agency and decided
to take the leap and go out on her own. Even though Rachel
did not go specifically into private practice, she was able to do
something “outside the box” but in a related field.
The key was that Rachel took the
time to learn about being an entrepreneur and identified a need for
other clinicians. Rachel talked about looking into business
resources within your community to learn more about running a small
business. For example, Chambers of Commerce and other business
incubators that are out there. Finally, Rachel and Gordon talk about how it is
so important to seek out mentors and coaches to help us in our
journey. If you think about it, it is no different than what
our clients do with us as clinicians when they come to us with
their problems. We all need guidance and mentors in our lives.
It is the whole premise behind clinical supervision. Why not
do the same with your business practices?
Rachel's Website: WeAreMotivo.com
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