Kayenta Healthy Center's Counseling Services was a rewarding place to work if you enjoy working with people and working with predominantly Native American's. Everyday was different, I seen patients anywhere from children to adults. Due to lack of providers as a Mental Health Child Specialist I seen many adults whom mostly spoke Navajo and I can communicate with them in Navajo, that was rewarding to be able to talk in your own language and make a difference in the lives of people. I completed assessments on patients, provided counseling one-on-one, family and group work. I facilitated the men's domestic violence group as well as the women's group. I also facilitated the Parenting Classes, all of these groups were referrals from Social Services or the Courts. I also helped with crisis interventions including suicidal patients, bereavement issues, PTSD and other catastrophic disasters. I presented on suicide prevention within the communities and sometimes invited to speak at a conference on suicide, I'm also an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) and went into the community to do 2-day presentations. Sometimes I participated in health fairs to set up a booth and provided information for Kayenta Health Center's Counseling Services. I did a lot of work in collaborating with different agencies within the community, schools, courts, women's shelter, social services, FBI, and residential centers in Phoenix or New Mexico. My employment with IHS has provided me with many skills and a rewarding one at that.
Working independently and team work
Transportation problems for patients