Statements That Can be Judgmental to People Dealing with Poverty

As mental health professionals, we understand the weight our words can hold. If not, think back to a compliment you received from your favorite teacher or a personal dig from a loved one. That is why we go through thorough training, not to make sure we say the “perfect” open-ended questions or reflections to ourContinue reading “Statements That Can be Judgmental to People Dealing with Poverty”

Benefits of Interning at a Community Mental Health Agency

There can sometimes be a stigma surrounding community mental health agency work with some programs suggesting it is  “lesser” than working in a private practice, a hospital, or other office-based setting. Greg Czyszczon pointed out that home-based counseling is often categorized as being at the bottom of the counseling hierarchy with the least trained individualsContinue reading “Benefits of Interning at a Community Mental Health Agency”

In-Home Counseling with Rebecca Toner of the Supportive SuperVision Podcast

A few weeks ago, I had the awesome pleasure of speaking with Rebecca Toner on her Supportive SuperVision podcast about my research and experience on in-home therapy and community mental health. Supportive SuperVision, as the title suggests, is a must listen for supervisors, supervisees, educators, and students in mental health fields. I’ve been a listenerContinue reading “In-Home Counseling with Rebecca Toner of the Supportive SuperVision Podcast”

Theory to Practice: Feminist Theory Case Conceptualization Worksheet

Case conceptualizations are an integral part to the treatment process in any mental health field. A clinician writes a case conceptualization to document their understanding of a case and to relay how they intend to proceed in treatment according to a particular approach or theoretical orientation. Not only can writing a case conceptualization help youContinue reading “Theory to Practice: Feminist Theory Case Conceptualization Worksheet”

Great British Bake-Off Judges as Your Clinical Supervisors

The Great British Bake-Off (GBBO as it’s commonly abbreviated) is a British-centric baking competition where contestants compete against each other to create the best breads, puddings, and mince pies. Compared to Iron Chef America and similar American cooking competitions, GBBO is a stroll through a country-side meadow while the royal family judges you gently fromContinue reading “Great British Bake-Off Judges as Your Clinical Supervisors”

Theory to Practice: Person-Centered Progress Note

Last week for the series Theory to Practice, we reviewed an example solution-focused SOAP note. This week, we focus this week writing a person-centered/humanistic progress note. If you haven’t already, check out “Beginner’s Guide to Writing a SOAP Note (with SOAP note template)” and “Theory to Practice: Solution-Focused Progress Note” The person-centered, or Rogerian, therapistContinue reading “Theory to Practice: Person-Centered Progress Note”

My Schedule in Community Mental Health

Community mental health (or any job in the mental health field for that matter) can be pretty hectic running from appointment to appointment or even doing strictly teletherapy. The great thing about this field is it can be super flexible; I’ve seen 6-7 clients a day Monday-Thursday to take off a Friday or seen clientsContinue reading “My Schedule in Community Mental Health”

Theory to Practice: Solution-Focused Progress Note

When asked what subjects they wished they would have covered more in college, some members in our Facebook group for community mental health professionals responded that they would have preferred more training in integrating theory into their practice when working in client’s homes. It’s not difficult to see how theory is one of the firstContinue reading “Theory to Practice: Solution-Focused Progress Note”

Beginner’s Guide to Writing a SOAP Note (with SOAP note template)

On a recent poll in one of my counseling social media groups, the moderator asked what each member wished they could have learned more about in graduate school. Members overwhelmingly answered that they felt they were under prepared to write progress notes once they started seeing clients in the “real world”.  Progress notes are essentialContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Writing a SOAP Note (with SOAP note template)”

Nature Therapy Interventions to Promote Wellness in Community Mental Health

As we enter into what will be for many of us our sixth month (sixth!) of staying at home and social distancing, we might notice that our clients are expressing more feelings of isolation, hopelessness, or anxiety. Those of us in community mental health might be looking for creative interventions that require little to noContinue reading “Nature Therapy Interventions to Promote Wellness in Community Mental Health”