Making of a Therapist 🌱

This was probably one of the few quarters I didn’t mind paying to be the help. I was allowed to complete biopsychosocial (BPS) assessments. BPS framework is an approach that emphasizes the importance of a systemic view of the individual and an integration of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors on human development and functioning. I also got to create Person Centered Individual Service Plans (ISP). The main goal of ISP is to help individuals with a serious mental illness better advocate for the implementation of supports, activities, and resources to achieve personal goals. Lastly, I was able to facilitate a chemical dependency group and introduce young adults to fundraising. It did not escape me that this may have been the start of my wearing so many professional hats.

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Description of learning this quarter:  I have started this quarter off having the responsibility to complete assessments and service plans for the new youth who arrived at _. I have also started attending _ weekly chemical dependency (CD) group ran by _ personnel _. The group focuses on psycho-education, skills development, cognitive-behavior, support, and interpersonal process psychotherapy. Ms. _ has provided me with some great learning tools. For instance, she introduced me to the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) tests, which will help me, as a social worker, gain a better understanding of a youth’s substance abuse history. I have continued my community activities group by allowing the youth to take part in _ charity event. This event led the youth and I to talk about different types of fundraisers that _ could potentially have, which allowed each of them to think on the macro practice level. I have also put a new twist on movie night- Fridays I have begun to allow the residents to have the authority to pick movies and snacks of their choice, as this clearly shows them how to work together as a team instead of individually.

Self-evaluation:  I am very confident in my ability to deal with a variety of individuals, families, and groups. The area where I can grow is to become more authoritarian with the youth when it comes to making and sticking with appointments, as it is clear they do not want their their timed mediated by an adult.

Practicum Instructor’s evaluation: _ has become increasing confident in completing assessment. She accepts feedback well and is learning how to complete a full assessment and service plan of a youth. A struggle with most social workers is creating measurable goals and she is actively working on this skill. She relates well with the youth and has begun to make therapeutic relationships with all of them.

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