Dr. McFarland has provided trainings to medical practices, consultations with physicians and midlevel practitioners, and supervision for mental health practitioners. She has experience working with individuals and groups of first responders and healthcare workers helping them to process their exposure to secondary/vicarious trauma. In addition, she is providing a free networking/consultation group at her office for medical and mental health professionals.
Dr. McFarland works with a variety of students who are working on their masters or doctoral degrees. She can provide supervision to students or for professionals working towards their licensure (LPC or Psychologist) in the sate of Colorado. In addition, Dr. McFarland can supervise those who are seeking their certification as an eating disorder specialist (CEDS). Dr. McFarland is currently a clinical supervisor for the Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver. Over the past several years she has supervised students from Naropa University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Denver, Regis University, and Argosy University. Please feel free to contact her if you would be interested in obtaining more information about supervision that she can provide.
Therapy for Professional & Personal Development
Dr. McFarland has provided individual therapy for those medical professionals and first responders coping with their own feelings after they have responded or treated individuals impacted by trauma. These situations can include treating an individual who has been the victim of a crime, a disaster, a motor vehicle crash, or an individual who passes away that the provider knew well. Research has shown how witnessing another person’s trauma can significantly negatively impact the healthcare provider.
Individuals struggling with trauma as a result of their work can experience symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including nightmares, changes in sleep, symptoms of depression and anxiety, hypervigillance, and distancing from their support group. If these symptoms are not treated it can lead to substance abuse, poor coping skills, difficulties functioning at work, impaired personal relationships, and burnout of your career. People who go into these professions typically do so because they like to help others and we aren’t able to help others when we are struggling. It does not mean that you are weak or that something is wrong with you if you are experiencing trauma from a patient, it only means that you care and are able to recognize the impact the situation has had on you. Contact Dr. McFarland today to see how she can help you or your organization process your experience. You don’t have to go through this alone, even though asking for help can be difficult!
In addition, some master and doctoral level programs require students to be engaged in their own therapy while in school. Please contact Dr. McFarland if you would be interested in meeting with her to further your personal and professional development.
Dr. McFarland is able to provide case consultations for medical or mental health providers in the community. Specifically in the areas of treatment planning, treatment techniques, eating disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, and self-harm concerns.
Trainings & Presentations
Dr. McFarland enjoys providing trainings and presentations and has had the opportunity to speak with students, teachers, medical providers, and individuals within the community. She has spoken with students about the dangers of eating disorders and with teachers and family court members about how to address self-harming behaviors. In addition, she has met with medical providers to provide trainings on how to identify and support patients who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, struggling with eating disorders, or how to address childhood obesity. Feel free to contact Dr. McFarland if you would like to have her speak at your agency.
IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) is an organization that provides training, education, and support for professionals who work with individuals struggling with eating disorders. As a chair member for the Denver IAEDP committee, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about joining this organization. For more information you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website at: www.iaedpdenver.org