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”

Minimizing Distractions in Home-Based Therapy

Distractions in a home environment can be considered inevitable. Just ask all of the employees working from home during the pandemic. Home-based therapists face the extra hurdle of providing services in a usually unfamiliar space.  Whether it’s a visitor stopping by unannounced or a toddler trying to pull out your hair, interruptions during home visitsContinue reading “Minimizing Distractions in Home-Based Therapy”

Resources For Setting Boundaries

As we wrap up this series covering boundaries, I wanted to share some resources that you can use for yourself or with clients to build better boundaries. I like using short lists and visuals aids with clients to help overcome barriers like learning disabilities or distractions in the home. If you have suggestions or otherContinue reading “Resources For Setting Boundaries”

FREE Classes by Harvard/MIT for Mental Health Professionals

If you’re considering taking up a hobby during quarantine, and you’ve already started a podcast, why not partake in some free education from some of the best schools in the United States? Whether it’s learning about racial disparities in community health or reviewing how neurotransmitters work, check out these free classes below offered by HarvardContinue reading “FREE Classes by Harvard/MIT for Mental Health Professionals”

6 Steps to Setting a Boundary in a Client’s Home

How did you learn about confronting clients and setting boundaries? What I found most helpful as a counselor-in-training was having a dialogue to review and practice with my classmates (or unwilling family members). Although this article provides one dialogue option to set boundaries with clients, having a number of responses to pull from will hopefullyContinue reading “6 Steps to Setting a Boundary in a Client’s Home”

Types of Boundaries in Home-Based Therapy

Many of you might be familiar with this boundaries worksheet from Therapist Aid, but how does one apply theory to practice in a client’s home? This week on My Car is My Office and on the blog’s Instagram and Facebook page, I explore what boundaries can look like in a home setting and how toContinue reading “Types of Boundaries in Home-Based Therapy”

4 Options for Call Return Policies

As a mental health professional in the community, it is vitally important for you to uphold professional boundaries to protect clients from developing a dependence on you or on the treatment process. As many of us are working from home providing teletherapy, now more than ever we live and die by our phones. Innocente inContinue reading “4 Options for Call Return Policies”

Free Safety Checklist for Home Visits

Community mental health professionals and home-based therapists have always been more at risk in the field than other settings. Whether they are challenged by a hostile client experiencing a crisis, a domestic violence event in the home, or they spend hours on the road in areas without cell service or in neighborhoods with higher crimeContinue reading “Free Safety Checklist for Home Visits”

Community Mental Health Bingo – Rural Edition

A dose of reality for all the recent graduates in the field. How many of these can you cross off? Check off your answers and see what level you’ve reached at the end. “Wow the dog really likes you!” “Wow, the dog REALLY likes you”  Client says something incredibly racist and you laugh because youContinue reading “Community Mental Health Bingo – Rural Edition”