This is my review after ten years.
Pros: i enjoy my patients, i especially like working with the more difficult ones, or the patient who is constantly admited frequently. i like working with ateam of clinicians, who meet every aftyerb noon, and disciss patieny care. often, i can see another view, which is more conducive to the patient"s recovery plan.
Cons: after ten years, and shortly after recieving my msw (may 2013), i was let go due to a financial disagreement.
A typical day at work was treating 7-8 individual patients. Some days I had t0o complete 2-3 bio/psychosocial and treatment plans. Then, I had the responsibility of setting up A/C plan, which was either out patient weekly counseling, intensive out patient, or continued inpatient treatment. I learned how to collaborate with other social systems, such as: DYS, probation, drug court, and also section 35 or the process of sectioning a patient that needs a higher l4evel of care. I worked in both dual diagnosis and inpatient psychiatric units. I learned it is best to work with your co-workers as a team, and I never have to do my job with out supervision, or suggestions from my peers. Management was the most difficult because the primary purpose was to fill the beds,(it is a business)however, I am a patient advocate, and will work my hardest to get the patient to the next safe place. The hardest part of my job is getting authorization from insurance to send the patient to the next safe place, provided there is placement which has been an on going problem. The most enjoyable part of my job is that helping alcoholics or addicts is my passion, and I love my profession. It is most rewarding when I see a patient that comes up to me beaming with pride, and shows me their three month medallion. I also love group therapy, or educational groups, because I try to educate the patients, and help them learn to live a different healthy way of life. I loved my job, and my patient's learned a lot from me as evidence by their statements.