Scope of Practice and Theoretical & Therapeutic Orientation
Dr. Carol Specter, DNP, works with children and adults. Her areas of specialization include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Alcohol Use, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Psychosis.
The nature and extent of psychiatric mental health treatment varies from case to case. In general, treatment focuses on two main areas:
The first is the development of personal skills to help an individual effectively understand and manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the course of their daily lives.
The second major focus of treatment concentrates on biological aspects to alleviate the disabling symptoms. This frequently involves working to understand patterns of behavior, thoughts, emotions, relationships with others that developed relatively early in life, and often includes an exploration of motivations and functioning. This type of exploration often focuses on fundamental ways in which individuals perceive themselves and the world in which they live.
Qualifications, Training, and Experience
Dr. Carol Specter, DNP, is a licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified with prescriptive authority. In Washington, ARNPs offering services must be licensed by the state. Licensing requirements include a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution, specialized clinical training, passing a national written examination and meeting a state standard.
Master’s level and doctorate training in psychiatric nursing involves the study of behavioral sciences covering human development, learning, motivation, personality theory, and the social and biological bases of behavior, including pharmacology. In addition, a doctorate degree focuses on appraising and interpreting the latest clinical research. Clinical training is integrated into graduate education and includes a clinical internship of psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. Specter received a doctorate degree from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is ANCC Board Certified to provide services across the lifespan.
Dr. Specter served in the United States Navy from 2009-2013. During this time she worked on a Multi-Trauma Surgical unit and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Unit serving those who were injured in Operation Enduring Freedom at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. She later worked at the Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospital on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) team, and community-based, nonprofit clinics with children and adults.
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