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”

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”

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”