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Who Should I Treat? Specialization vs. Generalization in Clinical Practice

Recorded on Thursday April 26, 2018 noon to 1pm EST

Featuring: Andrea G. Batton, LCPC, Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, and Jon Hershfield, MFT 

Andrea G. Batton, LCPC is a licensed therapist and supervisor in Maryland and director of The Maryland Anxiety Center. She is active on the board of Mid Atlantic OCD, the regional affiliate of the International OCD Foundation.

Denise Egan Stack, LMHC is a home-based behavioral therapist in Massachusetts. She was involved with the development and launch of the OCD Institute at McLean and served as president of the International OCD Foundation for more than a decade.

Jon Hershfield, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and California, and director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore.

Webinar Description

 Finishing graduate school and gaining licensure as a new therapist can be an exciting yet scary and overwhelming experience. New clinicians are often flooded with questions about the next step in their careers. Where can I get hired and also be supervised? What types of patients do I want to work with? Is there a setting I'd prefer to be in? Unlike doctorate programs, most masters programs in counseling, psychology and social work do not offer students specific mentors to assist with guidance in a professional direction.

As a result, new clinicians may consider themselves willing to treat any available clients, in an effort to gain experience and hours for independent licensure.

In this webinar, three expert clinicians will provide professional guidance by discussing the importance of specializing as a therapist and what steps to take in order to achieve competence to best help their clients. 

Learning Objectives

1. Be able to differentiate between a generalist who treats anxiety and depression and a clinician who specializes in treating anxiety, depression and related disorders 

2. Be able to identify the benefits to clients when therapists specialize in the treatment of specific disorders and patient populations 

3. Be able to describe potential steps to take in order to gain expertise, and name several training opportunities available to graduate students and new clinicians looking to specialize in treating anxiety, depression and related disorders 

Learning Level


This professional webinar does not provide CE.