Derek Crain, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director & Co-Founder

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Derek Crain, MSW, LICSW, DCSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Additionally, I have met the requirements and hold the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) credential as well as the Diplomate of Clinical Social Workers credential (DCSW). These are nationally recognized and a highly valued Social Work credentials demonstrating my time and dedication to the field of Clinical Social Work. I am also an Approved Supervisor for Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals seeking licensure. 

My Background

I was born and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area in a single parent home. My hard-working mom did everything she could to provide for my younger sister and I.  As a family, we endured many financial hardships and lived in economically impoverished areas such as Watts and East LA. I remember at an early age watching my mother- she dealt not only with feelings of poor self worth in a society that condemned broken marriages, but had to battle her way through the California State Welfare system just to meet our basic needs. She showed me the value of education and hard work.  In 1987, when I was 15 years old, I watched my mom walk across the graduate stage earning her RN degree when she was 32 years old. Her rise above in extreme adversity inspired me. I followed her lead and earned a double bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminology from California State University Northridge in 1995.

In my early twenties I was drawn to working with ‘At Risk’ youth. I was quickly humbled by that hardened patient population, and my ideals of 'saving the world' diminished. But my drive to serve them did not, and I moved forward on my path to Clinical Social Work.  I spent the next 8 years working as a counselor with adolescents with mental health disorders in the Los Angeles and Seattle area. While working on my graduate degree, I worked with the acutely mentally ill at Fairfax Psychiatric hospital in Kirkland WA.  In 2003, I earned my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington, specializing in mental health and health care. It was then I began my career in the hospital setting providing complex case management and social services to the hospital patient population. I continued to pursue my dream of opening my own private practice and was licensed in 2007. I have spent the last eight years building this dream, and now am so fortunate to serve my community as a mental health therapist and coach. I continue to enjoy working with acute and chronic mental illness, family therapy including adolescents with behavioral and impulse control issues, and a wide variety of other diagnoses and life barriers. I have a strong sense of who I am as a clinician, and my integrity and compassion shine through in all the work that I do. 

My Approach

I primarily practice from a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy approach, partnering with my clients to learn how to understand and truly accept their suffering. I will teach you to tune into your authentic self, to accept both the good and unfavorable parts of the self, without judgment. I believe that when you can accept that suffering is a part of our existence, you can begin to truly be with yourself, just as you are, and recognize and implement functional patterns of coping with your unfavorable selves- including addictive, avoiding, compulsive, aggressive and controlling behaviors.

My primary areas of focus include:  addiction related issues including sex addiction, acute mental health diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia,  relationship issues, adolescents, family therapy, as well as depression and anxiety.

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Individual Clinical Supervision

There is an incredible feeling of shared joy to be a part of the personal growth and professional development that is clinical supervision. I motivate my professional licensure supervisees to realize their professional goals by sharpening their skill sets and provide them with strategies to strengthen the role of social work at their work place.

Some of the highlights of my offerings as your potential Supervisor include:

  • Supportive and Comfortable atmosphere

  • Integrating theoretical concepts with clinical Social Work and physical and mental health disease processes

  • Excellent Record Keeping: when it comes time to obtain your license, you will have easy to access records

  • Practical preparation for the application process to avoid any unnecessary hurdles or delays in getting your license

  • I will provide consistent hours so that you receive your license in a timely manner

  • We will have preparation each session for the LICSW exam to greatly reduce anxiety and build the confidence you need to pass the exam

  • We will discuss cultural and family topics to enhance your cultural competency

  • Case Study Reviews—application and integrating of theoretical modalities

  • Learning how to deal with difficult client behaviors (Axis II)

  • You will develop psychiatric and substance abuse evaluation skills as well as further knowledge of the DSM-IV TR.

  • I will provide resources for educational opportunities in the community

Experience and Qualifications:

I have met the requirements to be an Approved Supervisor by Washington State Department of Health, and have been providing this service since February of 2008. This is in accordance with WAC 246-809-334. I provide clinical supervision for Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals seeking supervision.

During my 5 years of service as a Medical Social Worker at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington, I served as a Clinical Instructor and Clinical liaison for MSW students from the University of Washington. During that time I have Instructed and co-instructed over 15 students. I was awarded Clinical Instructor of the Year from the University of Washington in 2006, and have received multiple nominations for this award from my students. Clinical Instruction has always been a passion of mine, and a great way to give back to the community. In the 2007 -2008 academic year, I led Evergreen Hospital to host as many students as UWMC and Harborview MC combined, and was second only to the VA. In 2008, I was recognized at the UWSSW award ceremony for innovative teaching styles.

At my time at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, I also served as the Clinical Student Liaison for UW SSW Affiliate students and helped build the student program there as well.

I have supervised more than 50 MSW's and other Mental Health Clinicians and they have had great success in enhancing their clinical practices and realizing their professional goals.

I look forward to getting to know you and helping you realize your goals.

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