This is a fast-paced job with always something to do. A typical day consists of coming to your above-average sized office, check emails, get up to date on what is happening/has happened overnight, then you start looking for your kids to start your counseling sessions. Time management is an essential part of this job as you will need to track various things at once. If you have good management and peers you will likely feel a great deal of support from your team and enjoy your job that much more. This is KEY! Sometimes there is no clear direction in terms of procedures, but you just have to ask around and hope that someone knows. It takes time to get used to the fast-pace, constant work, lack of communication between departments, and no clear direction, but in the end, the work you do is very fulfilling. As a clinician, you get a lot of trust and independence for therapeutic interventions, a lot of training for CEU's, and if you're lucky, clinical supervision. You as regarded as the "expert" for all things behavioral health, so there is a certain respect that you get, which you don't get working in community mental health jobs.
Also, and very important, the kids are the best part of the job and the reason I have loved working here. It has given me the opportunity to explore my clinical skills and learn so much from all of them. They are just amazing! Pay is also very good compared to other clinician jobs in AZ.
Free lunch, huge personal office, good pay
lack of direction, unclear procedures, lack of communication with other departments, chaotic at first