Know what you’re getting into.
Working with the teens and their families can be very rewarding. My favorite part of the job was seeing improvement in some of our clients overtime.
As a therapist, I say know what you’re getting into because it can be a lot. The residential center holds 40 clients, and they have 2 therapists on staff. So, you’ll have approximately 20 clients. You’re expected to provide weekly individual therapy to your clients, and weekly group therapy to ALL clients. This will put you at 60 notes a week (20 individual and 40 group notes). Also, take into account time that will be spent for court reports, intakes, treatment plans, crisis interventions (a lot of those), contact with guardians, and the time you’ll spend doing therapy. They also want you to complete all notes within 24 hours of the service.
The clients are increasingly aggressive, but I can say I’ve only been in one altercation in almost 2 years.
Helping clients, family therapy, getting hours
Safety risk, poorly staffed, workload