Bethany Raab, LCSW, ACS

I am on a mission.

A mission to empower more social workers to change the world and take good care of themselves while they do it.

I have a unique approach which combines

  • Practical clinical experience
  • A deep commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Revolutionary business acumen
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I took a non-traditional approach to becoming an LCSW. After focusing on macro social work in grad school, I landed a therapist position in a Denver non-profit. I felt lost. I put off getting my license because I was constantly on the verge of burning out.

Then everything changed. I found my ideal client population and learned from an effective supervisor. I found a home and a passion. And I earned my LCSW. 

I have owned my private practice since 2012. I built my practice from the ground up. I earned a profit during my first year in business. I built a solid network of other social workers and professionals who have supported and encouraged me all the way.

Fast-forward to today.

I provide specialized therapy to youth in the criminal justice system and adolescents struggling with relationships, anxiety and depression. I supervise 30-35 social workers who are pursuing their LCSW in Colorado. I consult with other clinicians on topics related to healthy sexuality and sexually inappropriate behaviors. I provide guidance to social workers who want to start a private practice. Plus, I am the President of the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work.

I do all this and more.

Here’s the best part!

I don’t overwork. I don’t answer emails at all hours of the day. I finish my documentation on the same day as sessions. I earn a living wage. I sleep enough. I take time off. I spend quality time with family and friends. 

In short, I am a social worker who is thriving, not just surviving. I want to help you do the same.

My clinical supervision style is rooted in feminist and multicultural principles. I am dedicated to an ecological and systems view of clinical social work. Dismantling the systems of oppression that impact our clients is a focal point of my work. Challenging one’s own supremacist views and becoming an actively anti-racist social worker is a part of supervision with me. I am a dedicated trauma-informed social worker. I am also a detail-oriented administrator who asserts that proper documentation is the best form of self-supervision. I follow the ethical standards of the social work field, and I am attentive to the legal and legislative influences on the social work profession. I believe social workers must not practice in isolation and I support early career social workers in building a robust professional network. Finally, I believe social workers have a responsibility to advocate for our clients as well as ourselves. I am not shy about telling you to use your PTO, encouraging you to advocate for change in your organization and even urging you to ask for a raise.

Schedule with me today and let’s get you started. In an initial phone call we will go over meeting schedule, our working agreement and specific topics to be covered during supervision. 

Don’t procrastinate! Limited space is available for group and individual supervision.

I look forward to welcoming you to your new supervision journey.

"I was fortunate to receive supervision from Bethany while pursuing my license as a clinical social worker. She was amazing! Not only is she extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the field of social work, I could tell she wanted all of her supervisees to succeed and continue contributing to the social work profession. She is dedicated to her clients, other social workers, social justice, and the field of social work in general. Even after finishing my supervision requirements, she has continued to stay supportive, encouraging, and interested in the trajectory of my career."

Mackenzie Shenk, LCSW
Owner, Mindful Growth and Healing, LLC
mghcolorado.com

"Bethany has been instrumental in my growth as a social worker. I appreciate her anti racist, inclusive and strengths based perspective, as we discuss my clients. Additionally, Bethany has helped me grow my private practice, working to help me identify my ideal clients, getting me to a point where professional work feels like play. She has helped me curate my career goals, working to help me identify my mission statement and distinguish between my personal and business values. Bethany enters supervisions with compassion, deep interest and emotional availability, working to meet me where I am on tough or complex cases. As someone on the cusp of her LCSW, I feel fortunate to have had Bethany as my supervisor. Together, we have worked collaboratively to find a social work identity that best serves my needs and the clients."

M.R.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"Bethany is highly capable of providing supervision for various practice settings and different discipline orientations. Her knowledge of the offender population became extremely valuable when I secured a position working with the same population after licensure. The quality of supervision was far superior to previous supervision I received, and I'm so grateful to have been referred to her!"

Tanya T.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The Finer Details

Education
Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Honors Scholar, University of Sioux Falls, 2005
Master of Social Work, University of Denver, 2006
 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Colorado, 2010
 
Sex Offender Management Board, State of Colorado

  • Full Operating Juvenile Treatment Provider and Evaluator, 2016
  • Associate Level Juvenile Treatment Provider and Evaluator, 2008-2016

 
Approved Clinical SupervisorCenter for Credentialing & Education (CCE), 2019
 
Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work

  • Member since 2014
  • Co-Chair, Education Committee, 2018-2020
  • Board President beginning in 2021


National Association of Social Workers

  • Member since 2004
  • Colorado Chapter Board Treasurer, 2013-2016
  • Co-Chair, Private Practice Committee, 2018-2020

 
Areas of Formal Training

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anti-Oppression Informed Practice Foundations
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills 
  • Bystander Intervention to Stop Race-Based Harassment
  • Child & Adolescent Development + Healthy Sexual Development
  • Clinical Supervision 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Offense Specific Therapy and Psychosexual Evaluations
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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​Presentations:

  • Teens & Sex: What is Normal, Questionable and Illegal, Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work, April 2018
  • Boundaries in Social Media for Therapists in Private Practice and Opening Remarks, University of Denver Private Practice Bootcamp, August 2018
  • Ethical Use of Social Media in Private Practice, Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work, Private Practice Workshop, August 2019 and June 2020
  • Marketing Your Private Practice: Identifying Your Niche and Ethical Social Media UseColorado Society for Clinical Social Work, Private Practice Workshop, June and October 2021
  • Collaborative Documentation Panelist, Time, Flexibility, & Freedom Virtual Summit, Organize & Thrive, December 2021
  • My Journey to Private PracticeOpening Remarks, University of Denver Private Practice Bootcamp, May 2022
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