Upon graduating from Valparaiso University Dayna Guido began her professional career in residential care for at-risk adolescents. She returned to graduate school to earn her MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. Dayna was fortunate to be in Chicago at the heart of the family systems movement, enabling her to work and be trained by many of the masters in the field.
While working full-time for agencies, Dayna’s roles have included being an individual and group residential care staff; individual, group and family therapist; clinical and administrative supervisor; and trainer. She has developed residential group homes for children and adolescents; developed foster care services; written for and received a federal grant for a runaway shelter for adolescents; and developed clinical departments comprised of clinicians, program staff, foster care staff, and interns.
In 1994, after 15 years working for agencies, Dayna decided she could best use her skills as a clinician by going into full-time private practice, specializing in the at-risk population of children and adolescents in out-of-home placements. She started out providing various modalities of therapy for children, adolescents, and families. These included play therapy; individual, family and group therapy; and multi-family group therapy.
To further her growth as a clinician and to work with all age groups, Dayna began providing individual, couple, and family therapy in an inpatient psychiatric hospital; psychiatric assessments in a hospital ER; couple and family therapy in a partial psychiatric hospital program; and individual, group work and memory care services in Adult Assisted Living Facilities; and leading parent training groups. Dayna added the speciality of Autism Spectrum Disorders to her practice when she collaborated with the Asheville TEACCH Autism Program to better serve the mental health needs of individuals with autism.
Ever since Dayna entered full-time private practice she has been meeting regularly with consultation groups for peer supervision and to study various treatment modalities. Her commitment to continually grow is exemplified a wide assortment of studies and trainings which inform her clinical practice over the years.
While in graduate school Dayna made a commitment to learn all she could about quality clinical supervision due to her experiences with various supervisors. She began by taking all of the trainings she could find on clinical supervision and consuming journals, articles, and books on the topic. With the mentoring of her own clinical supervisor, Dayna became a Field Instructor for MSW interns as soon as she was eligible and two years later started providing clinical supervision for MSW graduates working on clinical licensure and has continued on this path her entire career.
One of the benefits of starting out in her private practice was the opportunity Dayna had to contract to provide clinical supervision for various residential and group care programs; foster care programs; therapeutic wilderness programs; therapeutic boarding schools; day care programs; and community mental health agencies providing outpatient therapy, school-based therapy, and intensive-in-home services
This passion for learning how to be a Clinical Supervisor has evolved gradually into teaching others how to be a Clinical Supervisor. Dayna runs the following monthly groups for clinicians:
Clinical Supervisors Clinical Supervision Group
Group Supervision for fully licensed clinicians focusing on the “Use of Self”
Clinical Supervision Group for LCSWA and LCMHCA clinicians.
She is available to provide remote Clinical Supervision and Consultation.
Dayna co-authored The Parental Tool Box: For Parents and Clinicians with her husband Jim Guido published in 2018 by Global Heart Books. This book is a compilation of various communication and relationship skills and strategies they have acquired over nearly forty years working with families, and supervising various clinicians and staff. They have developed the concept of The Three R’s: Reframe, Replace, and Rewire which are incorporated into each chapter and parenting tool. Parents can use The Parental Tool Box on their own or with the help of a clinician. Each chapter ends with Home Improvements which are exercises designed to practice the parenting tools.
Creative Ways to Learn Ethics: An Experiential Training Manual for Helping Professionals is Dayna’s second book. It is a compilation of ethics trainings Dayna has provided with much success over many years making ethics interesting, fun, and engaging while providing challenges to practice professional ethical conduct. It utilizes a variety of experiential approaches including: expressive arts, games, mindfulness exercises, films, journaling, and group activities which can be used by educators, trainers, mental health professionals, health care providers, and organizational leaders. Creative Ways to Learn Ethics was published by Routledge Books in 2019.
Ever since graduate school Dayna has been developing and providing training on a variety of clinical topics such as clinical supervision; ethics; autism spectrum disorders; therapy with adolescents; play therapy; and expressive arts. Early on in her career she was certified to teach established curriculums and she learned quickly that she would rather design her own material as a part of her creative process and own growth.
Providing Keynote Addresses has become a new passion for Dayna. She brings energy and enthusiasm to large audiences, offering new ways to ponder and commit to making changes in one’s personal and professional life.
She served as a Consultant to UNC-CH School of Social Work AHEC Programs for over 15 years providing trainings throughout North Carolina. Dayna has taught hundreds of classes and workshops to thousands of people over the years. She is known for weaving humor in with the serious topics she teaches while using case examples from her own experiences.
Writing Your Ethical Eulogy
Ethics on a Cloudy Day: Developing Action Plans for Ethically Cloudy Questions
Going Once, Going Twice: The Ethics Auction
Ethical Code Scavenger Hunt
Ethics Trivia Game
Developing Ethical Resources
Developing Ethical Rituals
Setting Ethical Boundaries with Your Body
Ethics in Motion
The Grain of Truth: Enacting Ethics Through the Use of Sand Trays
The Many Faces of Ethics: Making Masks
Creating Ethical Super Powers
Ethics of In Treatment
Picture Perfect Ethics
Building Ethical Systems
Advanced Clinical Supervision
Super Vision: Developing Your Own Supervisory Style
The Parental Tool Box
Training for Parents
Training for Clinicians
Having a desire to impact future generations of clinicians and social workers, in 1997 Dayna added another role to her professional repertoire, as an educator in graduate schools. Teaching has challenged her to remain abreast of the current research and trends in her field. Her students appreciate the vast clinical experience she brings to each class and ability to make learning fun.
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work Dayna served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor; Program Director for the Mountain Area Distance Education MSW Program in Asheville, NC; Field Advisor and Field Instructor. She earned the prestigious School of Social Work Dean’s Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award in 2005-2006.
Most recently she has been an Adjunct Instructor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, in Counseling and Human Development at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. The two classes she regularly teaches are Couples & Family Counseling and Child & Adolescent Counseling.
Dayna has also taught at East Tennessee State University, Department of Social Work, Asheville MSW Program. Her dedication to the field of Social Work has remained constant since entering the field many years ago.
Dayna’s passion in her work draws from her love of life. This expresses itself in designing and caring for organic gardens on her property; bookmaking; quilting; mixed media art; and art journaling. In 2013 she challenged herself to make an inch of art each day. Currently Dayna is making altered books for use in her role as a clinician and supervisor.