Having spent 6+ years working in community mental health, I FEEL YOU: It is one of the toughest jobs there is. Day in and day out, you’re seeing a high volume of acute patients, many with severe trauma histories, comorbid substance use, personality disorders and attachment issues. Or maybe you’re going into patients’ homes, providing services to underserved populations in remote areas. Either way, these types of jobs are a recipe for burnout if you’re not careful.
You’re also probably trying to hone your identity as a therapist or evolve your style/approach in some way. You know you’ve got blind spots and growing edges — we all do. But weekly individual supervision leaves little time for these conversations. You’ve got too many cases to review.
What’s a therapist to do? Answer: Join the Clinician Process Group.
- How much is it? The group costs $120/month. It operates on a membership model as opposed to paying a per session, with the idea that this will promote good attendance and adherence among participants (we all need a little incentive to prioritize our own self care…we as therapists are notoriously bad at this!). The rate breaks down to $30 per session, and in months with 5 Tuesdays you’ll get a “freebie.” This should balance out any absences over time. **Professional development for less than you’d spend on additional supervision OR therapy…not bad IMHO!**
- When is it? Tuesdays 5:30-6:45.
- How long does it last? This is an open and ongoing group where participants commit one month at a time. To get the most out of it, I suggest budgeting for at least 4-6 months so that you have time to build relationships and become invested in the process.
- Is this a therapy group? No. This a personal and professional development group. But as one of my mentors used to say…therapeutic things just might happen.
- What would our relationship be, exactly? You and I would have a facilitator-participant relationship, so I would not be your therapist. This is important because some of those interested may have a past history of working with me as a supervisor or colleague. I myself have participated in groups where I have overlapping roles with the facilitator and/or other participants, and I think this can work out just fine as long as we keep lines of communication open.
- What if I know other people in the group? Since this is not a true therapy group, it’s OK if coworkers do this together. The key is for us all to be transparent, genuine and honest about how these relationships develop over time.
If you have questions or would like to learn more, fill out an interest form here.