In commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) program in 2020, each month the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) will spotlight an ACS. This month we talked with DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LMHC, ACS, BCC, BC-TMH, the owner of Havana Wellness Studio and co-founder of Online Therapy Institute, both of which are online businesses that provide continuing education to coaches and counselors. Nagel offers courses in telemental health, clinical supervision, online supervision and wellness coaching.
Obtaining the ACS credential has helped Nagel in many ways as a mental health professional, she says.
“I have been able to offer clinical supervision for the past 15 years with confidence, and I have also been able to teach about clinical supervision and online clinical supervision through workshops, conferences and publications worldwide,” she says. “The initial required training and ongoing continuing education requirements have also encouraged me to stay current in the field.”
Nagel received a bachelor’s degree in mental health and human services from Georgia State University and a Master of Education in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Georgia. She is also a faculty member at The Institute for Life Coach Training, where her course content meets the educational requirements for the ACS and Board Certified Coach credentials. She is a board member of UKirk Presbyterian (USA) Campus Ministry Tallahassee at Florida State University.
“I received the ACS credential in 2005 because I was supervising several people through my work as administrator and clinical director,” she says. “I felt that the credential would help support my efforts and give my supervisees confidence in my abilities as a clinical supervisor.
“I would advise anyone considering pursuing or maintaining the ACS to up-level your professional commitment to the field of counseling and supervision by earning this credential. The ACS demonstrates your dedication and proficiency in your career, and as more and more states use this credential as the marker of excellence, you will be recognized as you guide others along their path to licensure.”