Assignment Wk. 7: Interview Subject The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Mental health counselor I have chosen to interview for my final project. In this paper I will include the specialties, the age groups and the modality of clients she services. Further I will explain, why I chose to interview Ms. T
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Interviewee The counselor I plan to interview for my final project is Ms. T, a Mental health counselor in Virginia.
Ms. T Is a Licensed Professional counselor, with a Master’s degree in Arts. Specialties in which Ms. T treats includes: Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Marital and Premarital issues. In addition to her specialties, she also treats addiction, Borderline personality, Codependency, Coping skills, depression, divorce, sexual abuse suicidal ideation and Women’s issues (smith,2015n.d.). Ms. T also counsels adolescents from ages 14 to 19 and adults. She works with individuals, groups and couples. …show more content…
to interview, was due to the common interest I have with her as a future Mental health counselor. The specialties she works with and the population of clients she serves is exactly where and what I want to do as a mental health counselor. In addition to her specialties, she is an independent counselor, and holds membership with Emotionally Focused Therapy/EFT (smith,2015n.d.). Ms. T currently has an office located at 3307 Duke
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However, the one thing that stood out the most was her beautiful welcoming spirit and her passion for serving others. During the interviewing while she goes on to talk more about her duties as a manager, of the office of CSI, she had a beautiful smile on her face. She sees her staff not as a team but as a family, and she said, “She is more than happy to help them with anything because she want nothing but for them to succeed in whatever they are doing.” She is very hands-on in the office she does not dictate instead she focuses more on helping her staff and direct in the right way to get their task done. Everyone seems to enjoy her company and love being around her, they do not seem to hesitate on asking her any questions regarding any officer matters, they really function as a family at the
Therapist greeted client, brother, and mother. Therapist checked in on symptoms, behaviors, coping skills, thoughts, emotions, and conflicts. Therapist reflected client and mother report of client's behavior in order to validate, process, and reflect. Therapist probed client in regards to internal and external triggers. Therapist gave praise for client being able to identify triggers, honest, and sharing.
Assessment Planning Social worker conduct bio-psycho-sociocultural-spiritual assessments to gather information regarding all of the different dimensions of a client. This will allow the social worker to examine every factor that may or may not be contributing to the presenting problem the client is being treated for. For the purpose of this assignment, I will use the provided case study “Peter” as if I were conducting a bio-psycho-sociocultural-spiritual assessment.
I 've learned while conducting these interviews that both indivuials have similar issues within the healthcare system. one of the biggest issues both interviewees faces was the cost of healthcare and health insurance coverage. One of the interviewees has a chronic illness, and at times has to decide if she wants to purchase her needed medication or to buy groceries for herself and her family. The other interviewee although employed, doesn 't have health insurance coverage because its too costly every month. it seems they 're both appreciative of the fact there is a somewhat healthcare system with health care providers and professionals available to them, but feels its only available if you have health insurance coverage.
Phase One (Sessions 1 through 3) • The session 1 and 2 consists of the assessment of the client’s clinical problems and background information. Questions relate to her clinical problems, including (a) the nature of her problems (depression and difficulty with making decisions), (b) reason of seeking psychotherapy, and (c) previous attempts to deal with the problems. For the background information, the client’s histories are assessed in the areas of intimate/family relationship, educational/vocational activities, past history of psychological treatment, and physical condition. Session 3 primarily consists on the further functional assessment around her coping skills (e.g., avoidance) in the areas of interpersonal relationships. Phase Two
Social Worker Interview While studying the field of social work it is important to interview several different social workers in different areas to determine what area interests you. I had the opportunity to interview Ashley Decker from Family Access to Integrated Recovery (FAIR) on Friday September 4, 2014. Throughout this paper you will learn more about Ashley as a licensed social worker, FAIR, and my reflection on the interview.
Informational Interview Preparation Scheduling the interview with Eliza Wood took a few weeks because she has a packed schedule as an Assistant Account Executive. We emailed back and fourth until a date was chosen that would work for both of us. I identified Eliza through my sister-in-law, who went to University of Michigan with her. She responded within a reasonable amount of time to my first emails. She sometimes took a day or so to respond to emails but we had an interview date scheduled about a week after the first email.
Jo, age 32, comes to see you for a history of depression, overeating and grief over her father’s death. In the intake session she tells you that she is very confused about her father’s death because she feels sad and glad. She tells you that he sexually abused her for three years from age 9-12. Jo has come to my office with the chief complaint of depression, as well as a history of over eating. During her intake, she states that her father, who has died recently, sexually abused her while she was a child.
During this week at my field agency, I participated in the following including; attending team meeting where cases are presented and clients assigned. I observed, conducted family as well as individual sessions, took referrals and attended the multidisciplinary team meeting. The individual session was a 31 years old client who is depressed as well as have a low self-esteem issues as she reported that her mother constantly made her feel like she is not good enough. I found this session interesting because I had only met her once to schedule an appointment and this was the first therapy session and she bonded so quickly.
Counseling has evolved into a broader scope since 2000. It now encompasses a systematic helping process based on the principle of psychology used by the professional counselor to help clients in handling their development and challenges in modern living. Counseling includes crisis intervention, marriage and family counseling, relationship counseling, career counseling, rehabilitation counseling, mental health counseling, sexual trauma counseling, AIDS counseling, philosophical counseling, grief and bereavement counseling, substance abuse counseling, transgender counseling and others. All counselor approaches have something to offer when used by a trained counselor some theoretical approaches work better than others depending on individual needs.
Interviewing skills is one of the most crucial characteristics for a social service worker. This initial encounter with the client establishes the foundation of social service needs to be provided. Utilizing the proper interview techniques is a key factor in gaining the information needed to best assist the client’s needs. Prior to the interview I was feeling very nervous and anxiety began to build up inside. I was quite surprised at how uncomfortable I was feeling about the interview.
From the ideas and techniques that Mrs. Perez used, I realized how these interviews could be helpful if utilized and applied in the proper way. To me, this assignment was the best and it helped me further my development and growth as a future mental health counselor. The most interesting and educative aspect of this interview was how Mrs. Perez applied most of the counseling techniques, such motivational stage that we have been taught in class. Aspects such as paraphrasing the words of your clients, tone, and facial expressions are critical in a counseling session and students always overlook these techniques. The way Mrs. Perez employed according to her explanation was excellent and her ideas justified the importance of such points in any counseling session.
Being the clinician and conducting an intake interview was one of the most the practical, informative, and thought-provoking assignments I have completed throughout undergrad thus far. While allowing me to practice clinical interviewing skills, I learned how difficult yet essential various skills were in order to successfully complete an intake process. Specifically, I found taking a direct approach and asking specific questions was most successful. For example, with my client, Ian, I was able to find out the most relevant information about his manic tendencies through asking him specific questions. His intake form described having manic tendencies in the past, though there was not enough information there to really get to the core reason for
Why do the people of today still associate stigma, shame and blame with mental health issues? Mental health issues are extremely and widely misunderstood. Despite the fact one in four people are likely to experience some kind of mental health problem a year in the United Kingdom. “Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being and it affects how we feel, think and act. It also helps to determine how we handle situations such as stress, how we relate to others and how we make decisions.