If you have not checked out 2 of my guest post on the site onlinecounselingprograms.com, you’re missing out. Go to the blog section of the site and find my posts! I have one more in the series that I’m working on. I hope that it helps those in the profession become better helpers by applying the same energy that we pour into others onto ourselves!
My new role is a Behavioral Health Consultant for Integrated Health Services. Basically what that means is when patients come into the clinic for whatever reason, they have access to a therapist. A BHC is more solution focused which makes sessions much shorter and the solutions can assist with overall wellbeing. A lot of the patients I see do not have insurance and some do. I see many patients who have diabetes and high blood pressure. Sometimes there is a behavioral factor in those diagnosis due to anxiety, depression and stress. It has been fun going into exam rooms because YOU never know what you are going to get as you open the door to see patients! You have to make them aware that you are NOT their doctor because some will assume that you are their provider and will tell you all about their medical issues and I will have to redirect the conversation to behavioral health. I have had interesting conversations that dive into people’s sex lives, spiritual lives, substance use and abuse, to people crying from stress, to people who deny having anxiety but their blood pressure is through the roof, to talking to people from different nationalities. My favorite one so far has been a guy from the Ivory Coast who told my coworker and I that we are doing God’s work talking to the sick and helping them be better mentally as well as physically. This was day 3 on the job and when he told me of how God placed me where I am for a reason, I almost started tearing up…he just didn’t know my recent struggles. Ha, but God!
It has been a month full of learning, but I LOVE it so far. Everyday I go home thanking God for where I am right now. It took me forever seems like to get here. It took FOREVER to get some respect as a clinician, forever to be able to get back to doing what I went to school to do! I sit back thinking about how I escaped a dead end situation that I knew was a dead end even before I signed on the dotted line. I think about how nice it was that during my new job’s orientation, it was related to us the understanding of what clinicians go through in the field and how thinking outside of the box is welcomed as well as self care. We are treated like independent contractors and I love my independence and I love flexibility!
The clinic where I work has a friendly air about it. People speak and they genuinely seem like they love what they do. All the providers from the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, janitors, etc. It seems like they are being taken care of very well by their company and they know their work is fulfilling. That’s a great thing for me, because I can immediately pick up on people’s energies.
Shout out to a friend of mine who forwarded my resume to this company! She doesn’t know that she saved me!
If you’re experiencing days like this at work, then it’s time for a vacation, retirement, or to quit what you’re doing. Why torture yourselves helpers? Self care prevents moments like these. Moments when no one should “try” you, or even dare to cross you.
When was the last time I felt this way? Whether in the professional world or personal? For me? It was all of May 2017 at my old job. Personally, I just won’t show up and will pay the fine to avoid some people. That’s just to protect myself and the gifts that are within me.
What do I mean by Re-TreatMEnt please. Well as social services providers we are constantly doing treatment plans for our clients. We meet with the client and develop plans with the client. We make sure the goals are small, obtainable and measurable goals. We get their agreement and a possible time frame and we move forward with the plans.
Well what about us as providers? What shall our treatment plan look like? I thought, well maybe it should not even be called a treatment plan, yet a RetreatMEnt plan. That means that we will “retreat” and care for ourselves when we need to. “treatment” being that we need to make it our goal to do this on a regular basis and be specific about how we will obtain the goals. And the ME inside of RetreatMEnt means that this is all about YOU. Nobody else in the business..not at home…not about clients, but all about YOU the provider.
What is your RetreatMEnt plan helpers? For starters I need a real life vacation, the beach, some meditation, good healthy food, maybe even time in a sweet lodge and a pedicure chair. Who knows, I know I need to work on my plan….
RetreatMEnt plan here I come. Come with?
Hello JUNE! My how you came to us so very fast! We are 6 months into the year now and I’m wondering how I can fully take advantage of the long summer nights! This is one of my fav times of the year!
I need to write down my June goals as today I start my new JOB! Yay! Hmmm I’m going to have to think on my goals bc I really haven’t made any all year. This year there have been a string of things I needed to concentrate on, one thing after the other.
I know I will be taking advantage of the free events going on in my city, hoping to catch a trail for hiking, and take better care of me, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I’ve neglected some of my areas for a while. So June be good to ya girl!
june goals?! What are yours?
I am not sure how people fall upon my website outside of facebook, but I appreciate you.
So shout out to the following individuals represented by the countries below.
I think I am missing two flags. But shout out to Portugal, Hong Kong, S Korea, France, India, UK, Italy, Spain(although I know who’s in spain ;-*), Pakistan, Brazil and Israel. Thank you for falling upon my website sometime between now and the past three months. WELCOME and come back to see me.
My last day on my job is tomorrow and it’s a big deal for me. A big deal because I am entering into a position that I have not done before yet, it is in my field of social services. I am moving into the world of behavioral health. For seven years I have conducted school based therapy and as it looks right now, my school days are gone. Am I sad about it? No, not really, but a little piece of me is. I love working with students and their families…it can be taxing though when there’s a lack of parental buy in to assist children to be successful in academics though. The best part about working in schools was being able to see improvements and maturation in a student over the period of a year. How their brains grow and how improvements in their behaviors can be seen…or not. *btw some of what I wrote in my resignation letter was that I have had the privilege to work with students, school administration, at risk youth and their families. I have transitioned youth from residential services to their own communities in counties across the state of TN. I have grieved the loss of youth as if they were my own children. I have worked with individuals from lower to middle SES and neighborhoods from “urban” areas to places with busted trailer homes in Rural Virginia. Seen the worse and the best in people, but none of my work or successes have made it onto trophies, the news, or the paper, yet none of it has been in vain. I highlight this only because it was communicated to me recently that my resume was “narrow”* And that was just a few words from my letter of resignation. I have not heard nor received any emails from the powers that be the tried to intimidate me a couple of months ago.
I am excited about this new change because it means an improvement in my career. I kept praying for a new change, a change that includes me learning more and gaining tools for my therapeutic tool box. I am also going to be paid a percentage to obtain my licensure which is great news for me! It’s like finally, a breakthrough after being in a career slump for a while and not using my advanced degree for what it was meant to be. Will the work be challenging? Sure will, it has been a while since I have reviewed psychotropic medicine, it has been a while since I worked in a clinic. It has been a while since I had a job the required me to use my mental health skills to problem solve. I have not written an authentic therapeutic note in three years almost. But I am ready for the education of it all. You know what else is funny? The fact that as a little girl I wanted to be a pediatrician…but rather than being a ped working in a clinic. I am a behavioral health consultant working in a clinic. Go FIGURE!