Name: Mark Thibedeau Position: Clinical Supervisor
What led you to your current position? I worked as a MHA and clinician before becoming a clinical supervisor. The opportunity to support clinicians in their growth while continuing to work in school based programs in the East Bay led me to applying for the clinical supervisor position in All In.
Fun Fact/Quote? I run Spartan Races
What does your average day look like? Before work, I prioritize exercise and starting the day off well with my family. Consistent exercise has helped me stay healthy throughout my career. Connecting positively with my family helps things go smoothly as I get ready for work and take my daughters to school. When I’m right with my family, I’m right with myself at work. At work, I log a lot of miles driving to and from school sites for supervision meetings, meetings with administrators, team meetings, etc. I prioritize being available to clinicians I supervise whenever support is needed, whether for questions about documentation, crisis support or anything else. A change to my role this year is to serve as the clinical supervisor for all the sites in our partnership with Education for Change which means developing relationships with some of the EFC leadership and communicating consistently and effectively with them.
Why do you do this work? I continue to think about how to promote Equity and Inclusion in our agency and with our partners. This is essential to effectively serve our clients and their families as well as promote the well-being of staff in our agency. As a supervisor, I aspire to intentionally address Equity and Inclusion with clinicians both in their work with clients and in our work together. I see these conversations as a valuable part of supporting clinicians to be at their best and broadening my understanding of Equity and Inclusion. As a father, I want my daughters to grow up with an understanding of how these concepts impact the world they live in and I hope that the work we do at Seneca creates a more equitable world for all children.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In? I hope that our program continues to find ways to enhance family’s involvement so that services are more family driven. Pretty much every reason why a client is in our program connects with some source of pain in their family relationships. As much as we focus on building our clients’ relationships with us, I believe it is of greater importance that we focus on strengthening our clients’ relationships with their family members, in addition to connecting families to the resources they need. As families heal, I envision we would see our clients achieve the behavioral, relational and academic progress that everyone desires. This is hard work but more importantly, it can be done.