Pros: able to build relationships with clients over a long period of time, residential setting allows one to see client progress and growth, crisis intervention experience, vast array of clients and mental health cases available to you
Cons: not compensated for long hours, high stress / crisis environment, clinical supervision is greatly lacking, dual roles with clients
Management works on a reactive philosophy rather than a proactive one. Counselors here are underpaid, overworked, and required to give extra hours but not compensated. They fill the roles of social worker, therapist, court advocate, transportation coordinator, and clinical manager but are not acknowledged for the expertise that they may be able to provide. Upper management has the mentality and has stated "if they don't it like they can leave" rather than address morale issues, reduce / reorganize workload responsibilities, or improve quality of care for the clients.