Steve Maybell, director of SPU's Student Counseling Center and an adjunct faculty member in the marriage and family therapy master’s program (MFT), was named the "Supervisor of the Year" for 2011 by the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). The award honors an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor who demonstrates clinical and ethical excellence while fostering positive and strong relationships with supervisees. The following excerpt was read during the WAMFT awards banquet.
“Steve has been providing supervision to therapists at all professional development levels for 35 years. He has supervised graduate level students, master's and doctoral level therapists working toward licensure, licensed professionals, and marriage and family therapy practicum students. Steve was nominated by SPU students who he supervises in his MFT practicum courses, professional therapists who worked with him at Youth Eastside Services where he was clinical director from 1996 to 2005, and by his current staff at the SPU Student Counseling Center. From these many nominations, some obvious themes were reported including Steve’s persistent encouragement, accessibility, wisdom, creative ways at looking at client's lives, and dynamics, enthusiasm, humility, sense of humor, calm in the midst of a crisis, and his continual focus on the strengths and gifts of the developing therapist. Several stated that they would not have made it in the profession had it not been for Steve's belief in them. Many shared that his influence on their careers will last a life time.”