EPISTEMIC CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC

The Premier Site In Berks County For Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Licensure Supervision Located at The Humanistic Therapy Center

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Individual, Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling

CHILDREN'S AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING

Individual, Family, and Creative Therapy

ADDICTIONS COUNSELING

Individual and Family Therepy

CLINICAL SUPERVISION (PENNSYLVANIA LPC)

LPC Supervision (Individual and Group) and Supervisor Supervision and Consultation

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COUNSELING SERVICES

Offering Quality and Affordable Counseling Services to all Ages

The Board-Certified Counselors who are partnered with Epistemic Consulting Services, LLC are located at The Humanistic Therapy Center and work with individuals, families, couples, adolescents, and children from a Person-Centered approach while offering personalized treatment plans to help clients create their own goals and work at their own pace.  

Epistemic Consulting Services was created to give low-cost, high quality clinical mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, life transition counseling, and consulting services to the public and provide pre-licensure Professional Counselors the opportunity to work towards state licensure while being supervised in a private office setting.

Your Professional Counselors are pre-licensed and are under the supervision of a Board-Certified Licensed Professional Counselor. ECS does not accept insurance, but there are many benefits to not using your insurance which can be discussed with your Counselor.

You and your Counselor will set a rate for the sessions. You may see some Counselors with fees of $150+/hour. Your Counselor will typically accept $40 - $80 a session (the cost for a copay for most people!). The actual cost may be more or less, depending on your situation.

 
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CLINICAL SUPERVISION

Dr. Bowers offers clinical supervision for post-masters counselors who are seeking licensure in Pennsylvania as a Professional Counselor (LPC).  State law dictates that Counselors seeking their LPC must have supervision conducted by an LPC with a minimum of 5 years experience counseling.  Dr. Bowers has been practicing counseling for the past seven years and supervising counseling students and pre-licensed Professional Counselors for the past five years.  Dr. Bowers completed his clinical counseling internship at Child Guidance Resource Center located in Havertown, Pennsylvania and completed his clinical supervision education, practice, and internship at Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Please feel free to contact Dr. Bowers about Individual and/or Group Clinical Supervision.

 

ABOUT DR. RYAN BOWERS

Board-Certified Licensed Professional Counselor and Assistant Professor

Learning and teaching are not only important, but defining aspects in the life of Dr. Bowers. Since pursuing a career in higher education, his unique approach has been influenced by his experience providing clinical mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment to individuals, groups, couples, and families. With a true dedication to sharing knowledge, Dr. Bowers has educated and supervised countless counselors inside and outside of the classroom.

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DR. BOWERS' PUBLISHED WORK

Literary Accomplishments

Stinchfield, T. A., Hill, N. R., & Bowers, R. (2019). Integrative reflective model of group supervision. Counselor Education and Supervision Journal. Lake Worth, Fl.: Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

Bowers, R. (2017). Collaborative couples therapy. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer. The Sage Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (Vol. 4, pp. 290-290). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781483369532.n89

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2015). Collaborative clinical supervision: Using feedback instruments as a way to enhance clinical supervision practices. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, (Vol. 14, pp. 48-54). State College, PA.

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Scholarly Accomplishments

Bowers, R. & Martinson, D. (2019). Forming effective relationships in counselor education programs and supervision: How mentorship can impact counselor educators, your students, and supervisees. 2019 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.

Martinson, D. & Bowers, R. (2019). The use of formative feedback in clinical supervision of trauma counselors in training. 2019 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.

Martinson, D. & Bowers, R. (2019). Utilizing feedback in clinical supervision of counselors working with substance use disorders. 2019 National Association for Addiction Professionals Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bowers, R. & Rusiewicz, E. J. (2019). Mentorship for counselors: Best practices for clinicians and educators working with professional development. 2019 Statewide Chi Sigma Iota Conference; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bowers, R. & Flack, N. (2019). Considerations for clarification of counseling profession ambiguity: Counselor identity language and how professional counselors are using profession identifiers. 2019 Statewide Chi Sigma Iota Conference; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bowers, R. & Rodriguez, R. (2019). The Integrative Reflective Model of group supervision: An introduction and personal account of IRM group supervision. 2019 Statewide Chi Sigma Iota Conference; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bowers, R. (2019). Using the Integrative Reflective Model of group supervision in addiction counseling. 2019 Pennsylvania Certification Board Conference, Lancaster, PA.

Bowers, R. & Flack, N. (2018). Counselor, social worker, psychologist? How counselor identity language is used to differentiate and orientate public perception. 2018 Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bowers, R. & Lopez, A. (2018). Counseling mentorship: Understanding the dynamics of effective and positive mentorship. 2018 North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Burlington, VT.

Bowers, R. & Bowers, B. (2018). Counselor education and The Americans with Disabilities Act: The interplay of law and ethics. 2018 North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Burlington, VT.

Stinchfield, T., Hill, N., & Bowers, R. (2018). Optimizing mindful listening: The integrative reflective model of group supervision. 2018 North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Burlington, VT.

Bowers, R. & Martinson, D. (2018). The Collaborative Feedback Assessment Battery: Using feedback to create student change. 2018 North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Burlington, VT.

Bowers, R., Lopez, A., & Van Horn, E. (2018). Mentorship in Counselor Education Programs and Beyond: How Connections with Students and Graduates are Shaping the Counseling Profession. American Mental Health Counselors Association 2018 Conference. Orlando, FL.

Bowers, R., & Bowers, B. (2018). Audio Recording Accommodations in Counselor Education: Exploring the Intersection of the American Disability Act, Ethics in Counselor Education, and Professional Liability. Law and Ethics in Counseling 2018 Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Colarusso, M., & Bowers, R. (2017). Where is the Missing Link: Supervision Collaboration between Site Supervisors and Classroom Supervisors in Master’s Level Programs? Pennsylvania Counseling Association Annual Conference. Valley Forge, PA.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2017). Assessing Efficacy of Clinical Supervision: The Use and Dissemination of Formative Feedback. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Chicago, IL.

Stinchfield, T. A., Bowers, R., & Hill, N. R. (2017). Engaging Supervisees in Supervision: The Integrative Reflective Model of Group Supervision. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL.

Bowers, R., & Brickhouse-White, T. (2017). Exercise Addiction: A Review of Etiology and Effects of Current Treatment for Symptomatic Individuals. Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, Scranton, PA.

Colarusso, M., & Bowers, R. (2017). Counselor Professional Identity Crisis: Who Are We? Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, Scranton, PA.

Bowers, R., Martinson, D., & Wagner, E. (2017). Using Collaborative Supervisional Assessments for Student Self-Advocacy: A Qualitative Look at Students' Formative Feedback on Supervision. American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Stinchfield, T. A., & Bowers, R. (2017). Integrative Reflective Model of Group Supervision: Enhancing Clinical Competence. American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Colarusso, M., & Bowers, R. (2016). Can We Pay Off the Student Loans: Guiding Students to Career Readiness. Pennsylvania Counseling Association Annual Conference, State College, PA.

Bowers, R., Martinson, D., & Bundick, M. (2016). Elevating Student Voices in Supervision: Using Formative Feedback in Counselor Education Programs. North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Syracuse, NY.

Bowers, R., Kropp, S., Krupka, S., Martinson, D., & Wagner, E. (2016). Building collaborative learning experiences through student generated feedback of clinical supervision in the counseling education classroom. Immaculata University Posters under the Dome Research Symposium, Immaculata, PA.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2016). Counseling Supervision Feedback Tools: A Scandinavian Example of Transcultural Counseling Collaboration and Communication. American Counseling Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Bowers, R., Haggerty, D., & Stephens, M. (2015). Graduate Student Diversity: Are Counseling Programs Closing the Cultural Gap? Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Stinchfield, T., & Bowers, R. (2015). Integrative Reflective Model of Supervision: A Supervisor and Supervisee's Perspective. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2015). Clinical Supervision: A Scandinavian Example of Employing Feedback Tools in Transcultural Counseling Supervision Settings. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2014). Collaborative clinical supervision: Using feedback instruments as a way to enhance clinical supervision practices. Pennsylvania Counseling Association Annual Conference, State College, PA.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2014). Collaborative clinical supervision: Using feedback instruments as a way to enhance clinical supervision practices. North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Providence, RI.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R. (2014). Collaborative clinical supervision: A Scandinavian example of employing feedback tools in transcultural counseling supervision settings. Immaculata University Clinical Supervision Workshop, Immaculata, PA.

Martinson, D., & Bowers, R., Connell, K., Kenney, E., & Johnson, S. (2014). Implementing collaborative clinical supervision feedback tools in counseling practicum and internship settings. Immaculata University Posters Under the Dome Research Symposium, Immaculata, PA.

Bowers, R. (2013). Quantitative outcomes for the Ohio mental health consumer scales: A one- year analysis of therapeutic interventions. Results and outcomes presented at the November Clinical Leadership Meeting, Child Guidance Resource Centers, Havertown, PA.

 

OVERVIEW OF COURSES

Knowledge for Every Level

Fall Semesters @ Kutztown University

TESTS AND ASSESSMENT IN COUNSELING

This course provides students with an understanding of assessment, evaluation, and measurement in counseling practice. Students examine the development and use of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment measures. In addition, students learn to conduct assessment interviews, performance assessment, behavioral observation, and computer-assisted assessment. Ethical, intercultural, and social justice issues in the use of various assessment methods are central features of this course. The overall learning goal is the development of critical thinking in the informed use of assessment methods.

Fall Semesters @ Kutztown University

RESEARCH METHODS IN COUNSELING

This course provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts of applied counseling research and program evaluation. Students review descriptive, quasi-experimental, and field-based research methods. In addition, students learn computer applications in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Ethical, intercultural and social justice issues in research are central features throughout the course. The overall learning goals for this course are the development of critical thinking in planning and evaluating research.

Summer Semesters @ Kutztown University

ADVANCED RESEARCH THEORY AND METHODOLOGY

This course provides students with a continuation of advanced concepts of applied research typically found in advanced counselor education programs and in the human service field. Students review various methods of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research techniques and methodology. In addition, students will participate in a lab experience where they will learn to use MiniTab statistical package and Atlas.TI in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Publication, ethics, and APA formatting issues in research manuscript creation are central features throughout the course. The overall learning goals for this course are the development of applied research skills, interpretation of advanced statistical analytics in published research, and submission standards for journal manuscripts and conference presentations. The capstone research project created by the students will include either the creation of a manuscript for submission to a selected counseling journal or creation of a research presentation that will be submitted to a professional counseling conference for presentation

Fall and Spring Semesters @ Kutztown University

FUNDAMENTALS OF COUNSELING

This course presents the foundations and techniques of individual and group counseling. Included are operational approaches, tools, and related procedures; the philosophic bases, characteristics, and barriers of helping relationships, as well as psychological principles underlying the counseling process; procedures for studying the individual; the organization of a counseling program; and the evaluation of counselors and counseling

Fall and Spring Semesters @ Kutztown University

CAREER COUNSELING ISSUES ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

This course provides students with an introduction to career and work-related issues that occur over the life span. Students review the theories and stages of career development, various career assessment and planning methods, models of career decision making, and career information services. In addition, students learn to address the complex interaction of career and personal issues, including the changing nature of work, the importance of family and community in decision making, and the interplay of human diversity in job choice and employment opportunity. The overall learning goal for this course is the integration of career and work-related issues into the counseling process of individuals at all stages of life.

Fall and Spring Semesters @ Kutztown University

FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CLINICAL COUNSELING

Field Experience in Clinical Counseling (Internship) is the culminating course work in the Department of Counseling & Student Affairs’ M.A. Counseling degree program; encompassing the mental health counseling and the marriage, couple, and family counseling degree tracks. The course is taken for 3 credits in the fall, followed by 3 credits in the spring. Students log 600 hours of supervised practice, including but not limited to: 240 hours of face-to-face contact with clients, a group counseling experience, and other counseling-related duties for 15-20 hours per week on-site and three hours per week in the university-based seminar class. The weekly seminar class involves case conferencing, review of recorded counseling sessions, discussion of professional, ethical, legal and professional identity issues, and assessment and development of professional competencies. Requirements of placement sites, site supervisors, and interns are reviewed in a mandatory orientation meeting held two spring semesters before internship (during the spring semester prior to practicum.

 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT COUNSELING OR LPC SUPERVISION? 
CONTACT US AT:

39 Old Swede Rd
Douglassville, Berks County 19518
USA

610-910-8500

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