Very good organization for experience.
Pros: Good supportive staff
Cons: Short staff
Every single morning I would start off with a treatment team meeting. This is where the therapists and other staff come together and discuss any issues with clients. The meeting will last for about an hour and I would head to group therapy. I would facilitate topics such as self-esteem, domestic violence, and daily living skills just to name a few. On Friday mornings I would teach parenting to the clients. I had a caseload of about 7-8 clients for individual therapy sessions. Here we would discuss imperative coping skills to manage their triggers for substance use. On top of therapy, I would complete my clients biopsychosocials, treatment plans, treatment plan reviews, extended stay requests, and any documents needed for court.
Agape was a great facility to gain useful experience working with populations such as substance abuse, domestic violence victims, trafficking victims, and mental health clients. I learned how to effectively work with challenging populations. I also learned how to do complete and proper paperwork (i.e. progress notes).
Although this was sometimes a challenging population to work with, it was also profoundly rewarding.