At Motivo, we love how we can use data to inform and predict success. One of the questions we hear most after a supervisor has signed up for the platform is “When will I get my first supervisee?!” While there are many factors that play into this, including many out of our (and your) control, like state license board rules, we’ve been paying attention and identifying trends that do make an impact. For example, we’ve seen that supervisors with a great profile picture are selected 3x more often than supervisors who do not.
Our mission is to aid in the success of all our Motivo supervisors and we’d love to provide you these easy tips to create a strong, engaging profile:
At the very top of your profile page is a field titled “Display Name.” This is where you list your name followed by all the fancy acronyms you worked so hard to get. Some supervisors miss this and only list their name. Be sure to check how your display name is listed currently and make an adjustment if needed. Many supervisees look specifically for the acronyms they are working toward when assessing who would best fit their needs. Make sure they are front and center on your display name.
Your profile picture is so important. We just can’t say enough about how critical it is to have a professional headshot for your Motivo profile. We have noticed a consistent trend on this – the supervisors with professional, engaging profile pictures are the ones who get selected the most. Resist the urge to snap a selfie or layer on a filter. If you don’t have the time or resources to get professional headshots, find a friend with the newest smartphone to snap a picture outside or sitting at your desk or armchair in the classic “lean in therapist pose.” You’ll be glad you did.
Don’t be shy about adding many specialties to your Motivo profile. We have over 150 specialties to choose from and we’re adding new ones all the time (feel free to reach out to us if you see one we missed!). Many therapists now pick a niche to work within, such as play therapy with young children, this is great for your client-facing practice, but be sure to consider all the potential specialty areas you might be able to supervise in, even if it isn’t within your current niche. For example, I used to work with homeless adults, but I don’t any more. However, I would still list homelessness and severe and persistent mental illness under my specialities because I have experience in that area. 10-15 specialties is a good ballpark to shoot for.
Most clients don’t know what CBT or EMDR or SFBT means so adding a lot of acronyms to your client-facing website often leads to confusion. But, here, you are among friends 😉 – we welcome all the nerdy, field-specific acronyms you can throw our way. This will allow prospective supervisees get a feel for your education and training and help them determine what modalities you’ll be able to teach them.
Some supervisors use their client-facing bio for their Motivo profile. However, what resonates with clients might be different from what would resonate with a prospective supervisee. Here’s a few questions to consider when crafting your supervisor bio:
Although certainly not required, the supervisors who have shared their Motivo profile through their own networks and the networks they are a part of have received two or three times the number of supervisees.
Here are a few places you might consider sharing your Supervisor Profile:
Here are a few options for wording to use when sharing your profile.
We hope this got the wheels turning on how you can make the most of your supervisor profile on Motivo.
If you are ready to dive in and make some changes, here’s what you can do next!
We are so happy to have you as part of our network of supervisors on Motivo! I hope this was helpful. If any other questions surfaced for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to hear from you and help point you in the right direction!
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