About

Lara Effland, LICSW, CEDS

Founder & Executive Clinical Director

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both WA and IL. I have over a decade of supervision, training, direct care, and clinical leadership experience. I strive to empower clinicians to confidently contribute to the clinical world by sharing their knowledge, strengths, and learning moments.

I believe that clinicians deserve the best opportunity to grow and thrive. In order to do so, you need a transparent, collaborative, and individualized support plan to help you achieve your dreams, build mastery, and find a specialization.

My professional goals have been to create the best clinical care possible for clients and clinicians. I have worked in programs of excellence since I started my training in 2008 and have trained and supervised master’s level clinicians since 2010.

I have spent over a decade specializing and receiving advanced training and supervision in evidence based practices. I have a passion for creating effective and inclusive treatments for mood, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders at all voluntary levels of care (outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential services.)

If you are a passionate, creative, and driven learner, we will be an excellent match. My goal is to ensure you have an excellent clinical understanding and skill set to offer your clients and future clinicians the very best in clinical care.

Lara is the founder of Clinician Development Collective, a concept that was brought to life during the challenging years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lara, a licensed independent clinical social worker in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Texas saw the increased need for supportive therapy as the pandemic raged on – and notices that clinicians were facing a new level both personal and professional stress. Mental health clinicians would require a new form of support now that they have become the new front line workers. 

The Clinician Development Collective was born.

In 2009, Lara was called to develop a mood and anxiety program in Chicago, IL.  Since 2009, this program has become a nationally recognized resource for those struggling with mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders.  For the past 12 years, Lara has overseen mental health programs for higher levels of care, such as residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services.  She has supervised, trained, and presented on multiple topics related to mental health across the nation: eating disorders, complex trauma, high risk co-occurring disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  She has been a dedicated, servant leader focusing on building cohesive and clinically excellent programs and teams.  Her last position held before starting the Clinician Development Collective was Regional Clinical Director for mental health programs in Washington and California.  

Lara believes that clinicians deserve an opportunity to grow and thrive.  She wants to empower clinicians to confidently contribute to the clinical world by sharing their knowledge, strengths, and learning moments. Professionally, her goal is to ensure that clinicians can provide effective clinical care, without burning out and while maintaining energy and passion for this complicated and at times exhausting work.

The Clinician Development Collective took root in 2021 as a way of providing transparent, collaborative, and individualized support to therapists to help them find a specialty or niche, achieve their dreams, and feel a sense of mastery over their work. With a focus on evidence-based practices, Lara focuses on inclusive treatments at all levels of care for people struggling with mood, anxiety and eating disorders as well as trauma. 

Stephanie Butler, LICSW

Stephanie Butler, LICSW

Clinical supervision is a special and imperative part of clinical practice. Ideally your supervision experiences will be something you reflect on with joy and satisfaction. In supervision with me, we’ll focus on building your clinical skills, exploring your clinical blocks to decrease transference, shape your code of ethics understanding, all while increasing your self-confidence as a therapist.

I believe through role plays, case discussions, readings and training, supervision should stretch supervisees to master new skills and develop new knowledge and perspectives that is essential to clinical skills development.

I believe laws and ethics is a critical piece of supervision in your development of practice. While the NASW Code of Ethics is our backbone as Social Workers, I believe helping supervisees define and articulate their own ethical decision-making model is an essential strategy to help guide your career.

I believe that by exploring your own blocks, you become aware of what you are bringing into session with your clients and interactions with your colleagues. Being aware of and processing through those blocks is what sets you apart from other disciples and providers. As a supervisor I understand that systems theory is at play. I am careful to not impose my own clinical and personal values on supervises. Rather I invite my supervises to explore and “try on” different theories and values as they develop their own therapeutic self.

Clinical supervision is a special and imperative part of clinical practice. Ideally your supervision experiences will be something you reflect on with joy and satisfaction. In supervision with me, we’ll focus on building your clinical skills, exploring your clinical blocks to decrease transference, shape your code of ethics understanding, all while increasing your self-confidence as a therapist.

I believe through role plays, case discussions, readings and training, supervision should stretch supervisees to master new skills and develop new knowledge and perspectives that is essential to clinical skills development.

I believe laws and ethics is a critical piece of supervision in your development of practice. While the NASW Code of Ethics is our backbone as Social Workers, I believe helping supervisees define and articulate their own ethical decision-making model is an essential strategy to help guide your career.

I believe that by exploring your own blocks, you become aware of what you are bringing into session with your clients and interactions with your colleagues. Being aware of and processing through those blocks is what sets you apart from other disciples and providers. As a supervisor I understand that systems theory is at play. I am careful to not impose my own clinical and personal values on supervises. Rather I invite my supervises to explore and “try on” different theories and values as they develop their own therapeutic self.

What Makes Us Unique

Specializations and Contributions

Over 15 years of advanced level specialties, certifications, national presentations, and program development.

Advanced Specializations

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
  • Written Exposure Therapy
  • PE-DBT Protocol
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Radically Open DBT
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy
  • Family Based Therapy
  • Mindfulness Theory and Practices

Certifications

  • Certified Exposure and Response Therapist
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

National Speaking Topics

  • Mood, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • High Risk, Co-Occurring behaviors and treatments
  • Higher-levels of Care
  • Group Therapy
  • Temperament
  • Mindfulness

Highly Respected Trainings

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Written Exposure Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Radically Open – DBT
  • PE-DBT Protocol
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