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Fellow mental health counselors in training…

So recently I have started experiencing when I tell people I am studying to be a counselor they start telling me their life story and their trauma or whatever. Like I’m at the bar having a drink man, I don’t want to know about how your life took a turn for the worst. How do you fellow counselors deal with this?? Bc right now I just pretend I’m with a client and give my professional opinion. What do you all do bc I’m at a loss.

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Almost to the end of my first semester

Only one more week to go. That is only three more classes until freedom! I submitted my final paper and video session in my techniques class. I was nervous because I thought it was my worst session yet. When I got the email that the professors critique of it was up, I Ignored it. Then my partner from class texted me to man up and check. I got a 95! He said it was my best one yet. I was shocked. Hopefully I score just as highly on the written portion but I’m a good essay writer so I’m not very concerned. I also presented my group project today and it went smoothly. I think we did well. Only have to write a short two paper on self-care and then that class is done. Then finally another group project is due tomorrow and we finished it up tonight. So things are going well which such a difference from a week ago when it seemed like the semester was gonna crash and burn. I’m thankful that the semester is almost over. I learned a lot but I’m ready for a break. I need to rest and then figure out a solid plan for next semester bc I cannot fuck around like I did this one. It was too stressful even tho it all worked out.

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My first week of grad school in my clinical mental health counseling program is done! Gotta tell ya, not having fun yet. It’s mostly just been my professors beating into my cohort that we are being evaluated in the classroom, out of the classroom, in sessions as clients, in sessions as counselors and we will be kicked out so fast for a gray area they can’t define and we can’t talk too little but we can’t talk too much and do not self-disclose things but also self-disclose because you need to be authentic but you might be dismissed for it and so forth. My lil anxious brain is ready to scream.

On a lighter note- I had the hardest time deciding to apply for counseling or clinical psych on a neuro track. I could go further into the program and change my mind, but as of right now, my fellow classmates make me feel like I picked the right program.

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I got an unofficial offer for grad school back in the beginning of this month and was told I would hear back officially soon but then I didn’t hear back so I emailed the guy and he told me I’d hear back this week but I’m so nervous and like ready for the official offer so I can just know already!!!

Hopefully nothing happened that would prevent me from getting an official offer ugh!!

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I may have shingles, but, I got my grades back!!! These are the best grades I’ve ever received in my life. I’ve never had straight A’s before. This is what happens when I have supportive professors, receive accommodations without hesitation, and am learning about content that I deeply care about and connect with. Was it easy? Nope. Was it worth it? Definitely. I’m so, so proud of myself and my grades. But I completely understand if a post like this maybe isn’t for everyone, or or it can be upsetting for anyone who is currently struggling academically. I feel for you, and if it’s bothering you, I really encourage you to contact your academic retention office, your professors for the new semester, etc. They really can help. ¼ semesters of grad school down!!

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Look at how cute and professional I look!!
I start grad school in about a week — on August 20th.

If any of my followers have been with me since undergrad or even high school, I wanna say thanks for listening to my rants and test anxiety musings, and for generally sticking it out with me for so many years. And especially when I was so stressed about applying and getting into grad school.

Thank you for watching me grow up.
I truly hope I can and will learn the skills and knowledge to become a confident, compassionate, and capable mental health counselor in the next few years.

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Advice if you’re a health worker: there are workplaces that will pressure you to ask a patient about their trauma even though they’re saying they’re not ready to discuss it.

Such workplaces may label your patient as secretive and not forthwright, or accuse you of lacking rapport building skills in not being able to get patients to talk about their trauma.

Don’t work for such places, it’s not worth it. People get to decide when and where they’ll discuss their traumatic experiences.

I’m not talking my last health workplace, and this is just my personal opinion. But this is extremely important to know.

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MOOD:

1.

Not assessed
2. Hypomanic / Manic
3. Normal (bright)
4. Angry
5. Anxious
6. Depressed
7. Euphoric
8. Fearful
9. Numb
10. Sad

ORIENTATION:

1.

Not assessed
2. Fully oriented to person, place, date, and time
3. Completely disoriented
4. Oriented to only person
5. Oriented to only person and place
6. Oriented to only place
7. Oriented to only time
8. Oriented to only time and place
9. Etc… / Etc…

AFFECT:

1.

Not assessed
2. Appropriate
3. Constricted
4. Expansive
5. Flat
6. Labile
7. Tense

THOUGHT:

1.

Not assessed
2. Logical
3. Bizarre
4. Coherent
5. Incoherent
6. Delusions
7. Eccentric
8. Flight of Ideas
9. Tangential
10. Over elaborative

SPEECH:

1. Not assessed
2. Normal
3. Fast
4. Loud
5. Monotone
6. Pressured
7. Slurred
8. Soft

SHORT TERM MEMORY:

1. Not assessed
2. Intact
3. Mildly impaired
4. Moderately impaired
5. Severely impaired
6. No gross impairment noted

LONG TERM MEMORY:

1.

Not assessed
2. Intact
3. Mildly impaired
4. Moderately impaired
5. Severely impaired
6. No gross impairment noted

FUND OF KNOWLEDGE:

1

. Not assessed
2. Accurate
3. Mostly accurate
4. Inaccurate
5. Moderately limited
6. Severely limited
7. No gross impairment noted

INTELLECTUAL FUNCTIONING:

1.

Above average
2. Average
3. Below average
4. Borderline
5. Deficient
6. No gross impairment noted
7. Not assessed
8. Superior

Judgment:

1.

Good
2. Fair
3. Poor
4. Immature
5. Not assessed

INSIGHT:

1.

Good
2. Fair
3. Poor
4. Not assessed

RISK OF SELF MULITATING BEHAVIORS:

1.

Not assessed
2. None
3. Ideation, but no plan
4. Ideation and plan
5. Ideation, plan, and intent

RISK OF SUICIDE:

1. Not assessed
2. None
3. Ideation, but no plan
4. Ideation and plan
5. Ideation, plan, and intent

RISK OF VIOLENCE TOWARD OTHERS:

1. Not assessed
2. None
3. Ideation, but no plan
4. Ideation and plan
5. Ideation, plan, and intent

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