For those of you who might not know or are new to My Car Is My Office, I am currently working towards my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision (while still working full time in community mental health – the focus of this website). One of the requirements of my program, and most counseling doctoralContinue reading “FREE Sample Group Supervision Welcome Packet”
Effective documentation is critical to client care with psychotherapy notes often being the most common type of clinical documentation mental health professionals will complete in a day. There any many styles of progress notes from which mental health professionals can choose. Whether it’s a SOAP, DAP, or other format, progress notes allow mental health professionalsContinue reading “Writing an Unstructured Progress Note”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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