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  1. Hi, all. I know this is a looong explanation; please bear with me, because I desperately need advice! **Background: Got BA in Psych, then worked as a community support provider for a year at a MHC for adults with mental illness. Fall 2016, I applied for a MSW program and got in. I've been at school for 4 weeks (I'm no longer at the job). Problem: Up until spring of 2017, which was AFTER my program accepted me, I wanted to be a therapist. I am introverted but (IMO) good at helping people work through their problems, and I generally enjoy doing so. But I often found my MHC job to be incredibly stressful, and many of my therapist coworkers seemed overwhelmed, stressed, and didn't particularly like their jobs. A couple quit or moved departments because of the huge caseloads, bunches of paperwork, and stress of the job (seemed like a bad sign). However, I had already formally decided to go to school, so I continued with that plan. Honestly, I loved and cared about my clients, but I found the constant worries of suicide (and homicide) were too emotionally taxing for me despite being fairly successful at my job. After the first half year, I started dreading work because I'd worry so much, in spite of my previous training. I found it difficult to have the energy to do anything after work. Self-care and coping skills helped somewhat, but I still did not often look forward to my job. This intensely concerned me, because I want to have a career that helps people, but one that I can also enjoy (aka stress is manageable) and that is sustainable for me long-term. My professors seem to think I just need better coping skills, but I'm not sure that the intensity of SMI/crisis clinical work is for me. But, it's hard to give up my dream of therapy. I don't want to continue with my MSW for no reason, but I don't want to give up on it too early, either. I have faith there could be a clinical career out there that fits me. Thus, I was thinking I could: 1. Shift my career focus to addressing people's general life problems ("counseling"?), not geared toward SMI. Sort of like counseling psych v. clinical psych. I thought this might decrease the number of crisis situations that always sent me into an internal tizzy. But is this kind of work even possible for a SWer to obtain when just starting out-- or even in the future afterward? 2. EAP counseling, because it seems to me this is also more life-problem and not crisis/SMI based, and I could merge my Psych and Business interests. But it appears difficult to break into that field. Am I being unrealistic in hoping to do more "general counseling" or EAP type work? Should I go find something more "behind the scenes" to do with my MSW? (I've thought of grant writing or program planning, but have no current experience there.) TL;DR : Find working with/counseling SMI/crisis clients very stressful- wondering if more general counseling about life issues, or EAP careers, are realistic and less stressful for a future entry-level MSW grad. Desire to help others while moderating own stress level for more sustainable career. Willing to consider other options if suggested.
  2. I'm applying for an MSW program and they require a direct practice example in the application, and I'm not sure if I have the right idea. I need to have an assessment (basic case data), case plan (the plan and how it relates to the evaluation), interventions (the practice interventions and how they are related), and the evaluation (strengths and limitations of the intervention). So far what I have without getting into too much detail is: * assessment (the student, his disability codes, and his target behaviors) * case plan (the goals as written in his BIP, my job as his 1:1) * interventions (what I would do when he was exhibiting his target behaviors, including a recent example) * evaluation (what I saw happened and what I could have done differently) Is that all I need to do? I feel like it's too easy and it needs to be more detailed. I do have 200 words left so I can beef it up a little bit. I can post the actual prompt with what I have if it helps, too.
  3. Hi all, I was recently accepted to the University of Michigan and Michigan State University for MSW! I went to umich as an undergrad and would obviously love to continue my education there, but it is significantly more expensive than MSU and money is a huge factor for me. Both programs are reputable in my opinion, but I wanted to hear thoughts from other. Is there a huge advantage to a masters from Michigan over MSU? If I want to focus on direct practice/clinical/micro level, which program would be best from me? All opinions are wanted!
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