Clinical Supervision Offerings in Metro Atlanta

This is a compiled list of various clinical supervisors available in the Metro area. This information was provided directly by the providers. I have done no verification of their credentialing, background, etc – however, wanted to provide a “place to start” when looking for a potential clinical supervisor. Please contact the provider directly for additional information, discussion of cost, etc.

NASW-GA Online Directory of Supervisors

http://www.naswga.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=51

GA Society for Clinical Social Work Directory of Supervisors

http://www.gscsw.org/supervision/

 

Sharon D. Burford, LCSW, MBA – Virginia Highlands
404.822.5172  sharonburford@yahoo.com

Andrea Clifton, LCSW, Ed.S – Dacula

770-337-8721  aseadreams@att.net

Marjetta Gulley,BSW, LMSW, LCSW – Smyrna404-428-3104  abdliving@gmail.com www.abrighterdaycounseling.com

Stuart Hanzman, LCSW – Roswell  Stuarthanzman@aol.com 770-642-4236, ext. 41

Michael Johnson, LCSW – Midtownmichaeljohnsonlcsw@gmail.com

Shirley MacLeod, LCSW – Douglasville – 678-327-8676 macleod_s@bellsouth.net ( underscore before the “s”)

Camille McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CPCS – Kennesaw 770-792-0079  http://healingpsychotherapyga.com/supervision/ 

Warren MitchellDecatur ajourneyofself@gmail.com  770-882-4240   http://journeyofselfdiscovery.org/

Catherine Roberts, NCC, LPC, EdD – Stockbridge/Lovejoy
404-455-0727  c_roberts31@msn.com

Patricia Wilson, LCSW – Cobb/Pauldingpwlsn463@aol.com  cell–410-937-3758

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Insurance based Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace

Portal where public can view and compare health insurance plans.  https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/

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“The importance of LGBT Sensitivity with In-Home Care Provision” – An Educational Contribution from Dan Britt, President and Owner of A Great Friend of Dorothy, LLC

“The importance of LGBT Sensitivity with In-Home Care Provision” – An Educational Contribution from Dan Britt, President and Owner of A Great Friend of Dorothy, LLC.

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“The importance of LGBT Sensitivity with In-Home Care Provision” – An Educational Contribution from Dan Britt, President and Owner of A Great Friend of Dorothy, LLC

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Aging is what I call a “commodity behavior” or a behavior that everyone must engage in…just like eating, drinking, breathing etc…We are all going to age.

A recent contributor wrote a wonderful piece that discussed “aging in place” with reference to home/bathroom handicap accessibility for aging individuals…individuals who want to stay in their homes as long as possible…or “age in place”.  I know that is what I plan to do as long as I am able…and it goes without saying that the longer a person can remain in their home, their “safe place”, the happier and healthier they will remain.

I read an article recently in the Washington Post that bothered me concerning an uncomfortable situation that occurred in a person’s home as he “aged in place”.  This uncomfortable situation was not caused by lack of handicap accessibility or improper diet, or any of the challenges that can come from combining the effects of the aging process with activities of daily living.

It came because the aging individual was gay.

…and the home care giver that was employed to help had a problem with gay people.

I won’t go into the details of the Washington Post article, but it did start by saying that the home care provider decided it was appropriate to fall to his knees and pray to exorcise the “gay demons” out of the client.   Needless to say, a very uncomfortable and HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE action on the part of the home care giver.

As a member of the LGBT community, I see that there is a lack of screening and instruction when it comes to hiring home care givers who may or may not be sensitive to the needs of our gay population.  It is a tragedy when an aging gay individual who has spent a lifetime building their home as a “safe place” must be subjected, in a weakened state, to oppressive opinions of home care givers who have not been properly vetted  to be sure they are a correct match/companion for a gay person.

In Atlanta there is a significant LGBT population…over 750,000 people.  We pay our taxes, obey city, state, and federal laws, attend churches and schools, and work beside you….and we age like everyone else.  In other words, we’re normal.

And yet there is very little in the way of in-home care or in-facility care that takes into consideration the rights and needs of the LGBT community.   Just Google “gay home healthcare” and see what you get.  In my opinion there is a need that is not being met…yet. There is a tremendous opportunity to “do right” by our citizens by acknowledging and embracing our diversity…especially during the latter stages of the aging process.  Sensitivity training and proper patient/caregiver matching is a great first step for selecting and employing either a Care facility or a care provider.

Besides, I am pretty sure that NO ONE wants to have an “exorcism” in their own home for ANY reason at the hands of their care giver.

Dan Britt is president and owner of A Great Friend of Dorothy, LLC, a home care provider that specializes in placing gay/gay friendly certified nurse aides with LGBT clients.  All employees of A Great Friend of Dorothy go through sensitivity training to equip them with the knowledge of the diverse needs Atlanta’s aging LGBT community.  For more information concerning sensitivity training and home care services for the LGBT community, please contact A Great Friend of Dorothy at Dan.Britt@agreatfriendofdorothy.com or call 404.605.8448.  You may also visit us at http://www.agreatfriendofdorothy.com.

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“The Dance” – An Educational Contribution from Andrew Sever, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, CEAC with EnABLE Home Solutions, LLC

Andrew Sever

A local builder who specializes in accessibility called me the other day to ask me if I could help one of his clients, an elderly couple who still lived in their home. The husband, who was in poor health, had fallen a few times in the bathroom and his wife wanted to make the room safer for him. Given my background as an occupational therapist, he thought I might be able to help. Before hanging up, he mentioned to me that the couple had already hired him to complete the renovation, so there was no need for me to look at the bathroom when I was there.
I thought to myself, “Why wouldn’t he be interested in my input about the bathroom?” After all, as an occupational therapist, I am clinically trained to assess a person’s ability to perform everyday activities despite any physical, cognitive, psychological or emotional limitations they may have. I evaluate the environment in which they perform those activities and identify obstacles that may hinder their performance. By having this skill set, I could offer valuable information about how the husband (and wife) function within the bathroom so he could design a plan that would address their specific needs.
Mrs. D. answered the door when I arrived at the house. She was a sweet, petite lady with a strong southern drawl. Her husband, Dr. D. (a retired college professor), was sitting in a recliner, with his head bent forward and coffee stains on his shirt. I soon learned that Dr. D. had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease twelve years earlier and that he also suffered with macular degeneration. When I asked the couple how I could help them, “The bathroom!” Mrs. D. quickly exclaimed. “He always falls in the bathroom even though there’s a grab bar right there.”
Now, I know the builder discouraged me from entering the bathroom but I REALLY wanted to see the layout. I’ll just look, I thought.
Dr. D put on a pair of glasses with prism lenses that he wore as a result of the macular degeneration. Despite his wobbly stance and hunched forward posture, he slowly walked into the 300 sq. ft. elegantly designed bathroom. He did not attempt to use the walker sitting next to his chair. There was a double vanity to the left, a large garden tub to the right, a shower stall directly in front and a small water closet off to the side. Mrs. D. informed me that the builder planned to remove the shower stall and garden tub and make one large, barrier-free shower stall. “He showed me a beautiful shower chair made of Brazilian walnut that folds down from the wall” she said. I know that chair, I thought. No comment, at least not yet.
I asked Dr. D. if he would show me how he walks to the commode. As he entered the small room, I noticed the horizontal grab bar installed on the wall to our right. Upon reaching the commode, halfway through the 180 degree turn Dr. D. lost his balance and almost fell. Thankfully, I was prepared to catch him as I knew many people with PD have difficulty keeping their balance when turning in tight spaces. “That’s what happens,” Mrs. D. mumbled under her breath (but loud enough for me to hear).
It was at that time Mrs. D. left to answer the phone. “Can I ask you something, doctor?” I said. He nodded. “There are only two reasons I can think of that explain why you did not use this” as I pointed to the grab bar. “One, you forgot it was there and you and I both know you are having trouble with your memory because you said so earlier. Two, you didn’t use it because you didn’t WANT to use it.” Silence. “Which one is it?” I asked with a concerned voice. He thought for a second, “A little bit of both” he sighed with a sense of relief. I smiled back, “Fair enough.” He explained that the location of the grab bar forced his wrist into an awkward position, making it uncomfortable to use. After a few minutes, we determined that in order for Dr. D. to comfortably grasp the grab bar, it simply needed to be lowered two inches.
While exiting the bathroom, Dr. D. had a slight loss of balance which he was able to self-correct. It was barely noticeable, but it was there. When I asked him what had happened, he shook his head and said, “The lines on the floor look like a maze and with these glasses, I feel like I’m walking through the fun house at a carnival.” Looking down, I noticed the floor was made of 18” light beige squares of Spanish tile. Unfortunately, the grout between the tiles was dark brown and sharply contrasted the tile. He was right, it looked like a maze. “What? This floor has been here 20 years and you never mentioned a word!” Mrs. D. exclaimed.
After the three of us returned to the living room, I told Mrs. D. that I had identified three modifications that would make Dr. D. safer in the bathroom. First, I recommended the build should lower the grab bar next to the commode by two inches. Second, whatever style of flooring she chooses to install in the bathroom, she should make sure the color of the grout matches the color of the tile. Third, I pleaded to Mrs. D. to never allow Dr. D. to sit on the shower chair the builder recommended she purchase. She looked confused. I explained that the $700 Brazilian walnut shower chair is wall-mounted, armless, and only has a seat depth of 14”. Due to her husband’s Parkinson’s Disease, he had minimal flexibility in his hips, a tendency to lose his balance backwards when turning in tight spaces, and problems with his memory. This particular seat combined with Dr. D.’s deficits was a recipe for disaster. I provided the couple with a few options of chairs that not only addressed Dr. D.‘s needs but were much more cost-effective.
What makes someone an “accessibility specialist?” Anyone who pays to sit in a classroom for three days can become certified as a “specialist.” Moreover, anyone who sells a shower chair, installs grab bars, or builds ramps can call themselves an “accessibility specialist.” I do not build and I do not sell products. I understand that “aging in place” is like a dance between a person and his environment, no matter what obstacles may be present. Occupational therapy provided me with the educational background, medical knowledge, and wealth of experience helping seniors so that I may best choreograph “their dance.”

Andrew Sever, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, CEAC is the President of EnABLE Home Solutions, LLC, an independent consulting company who performs comprehensive assessments of your loved one’s skills, abilities, and safety within their home environment, and offer recommendations that will meet their current and future needs.

EnABLE Home Solutions, LLC has no financial ties or agreements to any other company or institution. When we when make recommendations to the homeowner, our only incentive is improving the client’s safety and function.

For additional information on available services, please call (770) 841-9089 or visit http://www.enablehomesolutions.com.

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Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Conservatorship – An Educational Contribution from Danielle Cefalu, Attorney with Hurley Elder Care Law

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We continue to receive more and more questions from elder care professionals and members of the community about powers of attorney, guardianships, and conservatorshisp.  As such, this month’s newsletter will be devoted to these topics.

A power of attorney is a legal document in which one person (the principal) authorizes another (the agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on the person’s behalf.  There are financial powers of attorney which allow the agent to make decisions for the principal regarding financial matters, and healthcare powers of attorney which allow the agent to make decisions for the principal regarding healthcare needs.  Powers of attorney can be broad in scope, giving the agent the ability to make any and all decisions (a General Power of Attorney) or they can limit the agent’s authority by specifying the types of decisions the principal would like the agent to make on principal’s behalf (a Limited Power of Attorney).   The principal may also choose to sign a Durable Power of Attorney, meaning that the power of attorney document remains in effect when and if the principal become incapacitated.  Another option is to sign a Springing Power of Attorney meaning that the power of attorney would not go into effect until the principal becomes incapacitated.

While in theory, powers of attorney sound great and make sense, in the real world there are sometimes issues involved.  For instance we have a client for whom we prepared a Durable General Power of Attorney while she was still competent.  After she had progressed to mid to late stage Alzheimer’s Disease, her husband was attempting to collect all of her assets and a large bank told him that they would not recognize the General Power of Attorney.  They would only accept their own specific Power of Attorney that referred to the specific account.  This means that when one is doing planning, he or she needs to find out if all of the financial institutions they use will accept a General Power of Attorney, and if not, work around the problem by either using the institution’s form, adding someone else to the account name or through using a trust.  In Georgia, we currently have no “teeth” in our statutes the force institutions to accept Powers of Attorney.

As to the use of the Springing Power of Attorney, the main concern is determining just when someone is no longer capable of making decisions on his or her own.  Most of these documents provide for two physicians to state that the principal is no longer capable of making decisions for him or herself.  Many physicians are not comfortable with making such decisions.  Frequently with matters of competence, there is a divergence of opinion on whether the princiapl remains lucid.  When the parties do not agree, then the Springing Power of Attorney is not in effect and the only alternative is to go through a guardianship or conservatorship.

A guardianship is a legal relationship in which the Probate Court gives one person (the guardian) the power to make personal decisions for another (the ward).  A family member or friend usually initiates the proceeding by filing a petition in the Probate Court in the county where the individual resides.  A medical examination by a licensed physician is necessary to establish the mental capacity of the individual. If the judge finds that the person does not have the necessary mental capacity to care for his or her personal needs, the judge will appoint a guardian to make personal decisions for the individual.  Unless limited by the court, the guardian has the same rights, powers and duties over his ward as parents have over their minor children.  The guardian is required to report to the court on an annual basis.  The guardian is also liable if the ward is not properly taken care of.  The guardianship proceeding is not a pleasant situation and if it is contested it can be time consuming and costly.

A conservatorship is a legal relationship in which the Probate Court gives a person (the conservator) the power to make financial decisions for another (the protectee).  The court proceedings are very similar to those of a guardianship except the judge is determining if the individual has the capacity to manage his or her financial affairs.  If the individual is determined not to have the necessary mental capacity, the judge will appoint a conservator to make financial decisions for the individual. Often the court appoints the same person to act as both guardian and conservator.  Like the guardian, the conservator is required to report to the court on an annual basis.  Additionally, any time that a major decision needs to take place, the court has to be consulted.  This includes selling or refinancing real estate.  Also, some of the planning that may need to be accomplished for long term care matters may not be allowed by the probate court.

It is always preferable to have a power of attorney or a trust in place rather than having to file for guardianship and conservatorship.  However, if an individual becomes incapacitated and does not already have a power of attorney in place (for finances and healthcare) or a trust, then the family may have no choice but to begin guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

By signing a power of attorney and/or placing assets into a trust now, you can determine who will be able to make financial and healthcare decisions for you in the future should you be unable to make them for yourself—and it costs relatively little to get the proper powers of attorney or trusts in place.  Guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, on the other hand, can be very time consuming, costly, and they take decision-making authority away from you.  A judge may appoint someone different than you would have appointed to make decisions for you.  As always, you should consult with a knowledgeable elder law attorney regarding the options that are best for you and your loved ones.

For additional information, please contact:
Hurley Elder Care Law
100 Galleria Pkwy Suite 650 Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 404.843.0121
Fax: 404.843.0129
http://www.hurleyeclaw.com

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Senior Based Home Modifications

HomeFree Home Modification (All Metro)

Contact – Rick Thaxton 770-241-1852 rthaxton@homefreemods.com
http://www.homefreemods.com

Vest Properties (primarily East side Metro)
Contact – Carol Smith 770-466-4699 carol@vestproperties.com
http://www.vestproperties.com

Meals of Wheels Atlanta (low income)
Contact – Greg Davie, HOMES Manager homes@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org
404-351-3889

Blue Moose Elevators (also do more than elevators – check website)
Contact – Monique Swyer Monique@bluemooseelevators.com
770-891-4442
http://www.bluemooseelevators.com

EnABLE Home Solutions
Contact – Andrew Sever – Occupational Therapist that does home eval but does not “build” (objective to inform families what they need prior to changes – hourly rate)
Andrew@enablehomesolutions.com
770-841-9089
http://www.enablehomesolutions.com

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