TO BECOME AN ALGAP THERAPIST
Currently, ALGAP operates as an agency without walls: each ALGAP clinician sees patients in her/his own office. Therapists agree to work on a fee-for-service basis with each patient for a year, after which time the patient may enter into the clinician's private practice.
We expect therapists to provide a minimum of three treatment hours per week, at least one of which must be in the evening, for two years. This is a skills-building, supervision, and networking program offered free to all ALGAP therapists. Clinicians must complete our screening process and meet the following criteria before being admitted into ALGAP:
Have professional certification and licensure
Malpractice insurance coverage of at least $2,000,000 per occurrence and annual aggregate of $4,000,000
Have two years supervised post-graduate clinical experience
Must currently be in supervised private practice. If you are not currently
in supervision with an l/g/b/t-affirmative supervisor, ALGAP maintains a list
of supervisors who meet our requirements.
ALGAP SUPERVISORY PROGRAM
The primary purpose of ALGAP is to provide the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of the tri-state area with well-trained, affordable psychotherapists. The psychotherapists who work with ALGAP referrals and who represent ALGAP standards and philosophy must be highly trained in their own psychotherapy disciplines and schools of thought. ALGAPís aim is also to provide our patient population with therapists who are attentive, attuned and familiar with the sensitive issues of gay and lesbian identity, transgender issues, coming out issues, issues for gay couples, gay families and gay adoption, as well as gay aging and bereavement.
To this end, ALGAP has established a Supervision Program wherein ALGAP-affiliated therapists can consult with senior ALGAP clinicians-supervisors in psychotherapy and psychoanalysiss-to further their skills and understanding for both general excellence and the development of more specialized areas of expertise.
ALGAP supervisors are also available to supervise therapists who seek consultation concerning a specific patient or therapy issue; ongoing individual supervision; peer group consultation; and faculty-led study groups. Additionally, our supervisors can provide clinical workshops and consultation to organizations.
It is our belief that access to excellent supervision will enhance your own practice and thereby provide the greatest possible improvement in the lives of the population that looks to us for relief of their problems and the nurture of their personal growth and happiness.
Supervision Coordinator Helen Fosbery, CSW. (212) 473 - 1597