Pros: some highly qualified clinicians who will be very supportive.
Cons: no clinical supervision, unhappy employees, revolving door, no reimbursement for mileage, impossible expectations, poor management, poor pay (especially while training), often unsafe wor settings, ethical violations.
I'll admit I was warned before accepting a job at SBMH and found it hard to believe the agency could possibly be as bad as their rep....they're far worse!
What a great outreach model--unfortunately the only thing SBMH management concerns itself with is #'s. They make unreal expectations on employees who either smile and say "can do" or they are fired – more... on the spot!
Do the Math.....a typical week consists of a 30+ caseload=30hrs + 7 or 8 hours travel time between clients + an average of 6hrs between staff & supe meetings + collateral meetings + calls & prep for clients & then they expect you to make contacts (in your spare time) to help build the agency......you're at least a minimum of 50hrs and you have not left yourself time to go to the bathroom or eat lunch.
Yes, let's talk about self-care! Though the managers do sit, relax, enjoy their lunch, and have the luxury (yes, luxury) of a bathroom, you are expected to "find public restrooms along your route", and store food in your car to eat while you drive. And you had better be quick about it because if they catch you working past 5:00 you'll be told you're going to burn out and aren't a good fit for the company! If you think that is an unreal expectation, and there's no way they could be that illogical, that you won't be fired for saying you work ten+ hours a day, you are dead wrong! Management is not there to help or discuss any of the many problems you will encounter--from scheduling to boundary crossings and unethical practices by other employees that will effect you at SB. They do not want to hear about ethcal issues, boundary crossings, you mention them & you're gone!
The only good side to this job was that most of the staff clinicians and TM's at SBMH are awesome, skilled, and there because they truly care about their clients. Unfortunately, the possitive attitude the staff has is short lived once they realize there's no pleasing management who has completely lost sight of what this job is supposed to be about--quality care! – less