Fast-paced, team environment, focused on mission of providing quality mental health services to vulnerable citizens of the District of Columbia
Clinical Supervisor (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – October 22, 2012
A typical day at work on an Assertive Community Treatment Team includes a team meeting to determine the client needs for the day and making assignments to each of the team members to ensure that all client needs are met. After the meeting, team members carry out the assignments, which include tasks such as: coordinating mental health treatment, coordinating medication management, facilitating psychiatry appointments, facilitating primary health care appointments, referring clients for resources, accompanying clients to obtain needed resources like food, emergency shelter, transitional housing, long-term housing, referring clients to addiction treatment programs and facilitating access to the programs, etc. Also, each team member must constantly monitor and assess for psychiatric emergencies, such as when a client is suicidal, homicidal, or unable to care for self due to degree of psychotic symptoms. When this occurs, the team must collaborate to create a crisis intervention plan and act as quickly as possible.
Community Connections is extremely team oriented, from management down to direct line staff. There is a desire for everyone to learn, to feel supported, and to grow professionally.
Co-workers are highly skilled social workers and counselors, and dedicated to the mission of the agency.
The hardest part of the job is keeping enough emotional distance from the clients.
The most enjoyable part of the job is building long-term relationships with clients and being able to see a direct impact of services on their lives.
mission-based, strong core values, team-oriented
poor work-life balance, high level of stress, compensation