John J Raasch LCSW - Supervision Style

Guidance and support to help new clinicians build skill and confidence early in their careers, in accordance with BBS licensing regulations

John J Raasch

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Supervision

John is an LCSW providing group and individual clinical supervision both independently and on a contract basis with agencies in the North Long Beach and central Orange County areas.

Supervision Style

When I was completing my MSW program and acquiring hours toward licensure, I was sometimes frustrated by supervisors who liked to analyze clients or talk theory but offered very little in terms of practical solutions.

I strive to be the kind of supervisor I would like to have had by doing the following:

  • Suggest clear intervention strategies that supervisees can readily apply.
  • Present multiple intervention options so supervisees can choose the approach that best suits the client and best fits within their own style.
  • Address counter-transference while maintaining appropriate supervisor/supervisee boundaries.
  • Discuss DSM-5 diagnoses as needed.
  • Create an environment in which those I supervise are free to be honest and make mistakes, and feel safe in doing so.
  • Discuss expectations on both sides, which augments freedom and creates a sense of safety within the supervisor/supervisee relationship.
  • Enhance this feeling of safety by encouraging supervisees to have a sense of humor and by having one myself.
  • View supervision as a collaborative process, using inquiry and discussion to promote discovery.
  • Recognize in group supervision that the group’s knowledge and wisdom is greater than any one individual’s, including my own.