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Clinical Supervisor & Program Coordinator-THRIVE for Pain || Licensed Psychologist
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities 2014
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/ hers/herself
MHS Activities: I enjoy a range of multiple roles and responsibilities with MHS. I am the program coordinator for the THRIVE group for chronic pain, and facilitate both the THRIVE group for chronic pain as well as a two-day adolescent DBT group. I also supervise and mentor students, have a caseload of individual therapy clients, conduct trainings within the agency and in the community, and assist in program development tasks.
Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation in practice includes strategies from DBT, CBT, Narrative, and Person-Centered approaches. I conceptualize my clients through a biopsychosocial, multicultural, and developmental lens.
Professional Interests: I enjoy learning about and supporting clients with chronic pain and medical challenges. I am interested in connecting with multidisciplinary teams to continue my learning process through different perspectives, as well as to advocate for the role of mental health within other professional communities.
Supervision Model: I lead with person-centered and developmental models in my supervision. It is my goal to assist interns in progressing on a journey of self-reflection and autonomy as they explore and develop their own professional identities over time. My supervision mirrors my theoretical orientation in that I often encourage supervisees to consider the bigger picture in clients’ lives, including their developmental, biological, relational, and cultural factors that contribute to clients’ functioning and understanding of the world they live in. I value and encourage curiosity as an integral part of my clinical and supervision work, and draw on strengths-based approaches in my supervision relationships.
Personal Interests: I find a lot of meaning in the ways that the earth sustains and inspires me. I connect with the growth of my garden and the patience it teaches me. It gives me great pleasure to cook with things I have grown and to share that with others. I also enjoy landscape painting using watercolor and acrylic mediums. I strive for a balance of spending time with my family in nature, biking and hiking, and independent self-care with reading and painting.
Morgan Cusack, PsyD, LP