June 2013 Therapist Spotlight: Interview with Supervisor Sean Wagner, MS

Sean WagnerSean Wagner, MS

June 2013 Therapist Spotlight: Interview with Supervisor Sean Wagner.

Sean Wagner received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Fort Hays State University in Clinical Psychology in 1992. Around that same time, he also started as a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Horizons Mental Health Center. Wagner billed over 1,000 hours a year as a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Horizons Mental Health Center for 16 years before becoming a department head supervising ten therapists, fifteen rehab staff members, and six support staff members in four separate offices spanning Kingman, Pratt, Harper, and Barber counties.

How do you as a supervisor empower your supervisees in supervision?

I encourage my staff to be self-sufficient by assigning a wide range of clients. Our area is rural, so every clinician see’s every type of client. I encourage each clinician to pursue his/her personal interests, while maintaining an eclectic case load and treatment options.

How often does safety come up as an issue that needs to be addressed in supervision?

Fortunately, with our affiliation with Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, we have frequent safety trainings, drills, inspections and reminders regarding safety throughout the year. Everyone keeps their daily schedules in our EHR so everyone knows where each other is at any given time.

What is your role as a supervisor when your supervisees are dealing with client crises?

Clinicians can call anytime with any situation that may arise. Each clinician is Mandt trained, and all Q’s are responsible to take on call on a rotating basis in order to maintain their skills. They also have training in Crisis Intervention.

How do you help or encourage your supervisees to take care of themselves?

Through frequent supervision, monthly therapist meetings, quarterly all staff meetings in our Hutchinson facility. We frequently get together outside of work also, and have an excellent benefit package.