My First Post-Grad Job // What Is Intensive In Home? - The Life You Love

My First Post-Grad Job // What Is Intensive In Home?

Because I'm 90% sure only my family and friends read my blog, I decided to revamp it as a way to share what's going on in my life.  My first order of business is to update y'all on what's going on in my professional life.  At the end of April of 2019, I started my first "big girl" job.  My official position, Qualified Professional, doesn't tell you anything about what I do, so I thought I would share some more info, while sprinkling in some quotes that show the perspective I take during therapy.

Basically, I'm an in-home therapist for kids with moderate to severe behavioral and emotional concerns.  I work on a team of 3 people (plus an intern that we're very lucky to have!) and I usually see 2 or 3 kids per day, 5 days a week.  It doesn't sound like much, but it can be emotionally and mentally draining.  Oh, and I'm basically on call every third week for a week because we have to have a 24/7/365 crisis line specific to our team and clients.

My week usually consists of 20-24 hours of direct contact with kiddos, 2-5 hours of team/department/company meetings, and probably about 5-10 hours of driving.  Then there's the time I spend communicating with my team and client's parents, preparing for sessions, and of course, writing notes.  I LOVE my schedule because I'm not a morning person and I tend to work from about 1:30pm to 8:30pm.  I know it doesn't sound appealing to everyone, but it works for me.

Each client I see is unique, but they're all children and adolescents.  Like I said, they usually have some moderate to severe behavioral and/or emotional concerns that are preventing them from living their best lives.  Usually, these kids and their families have tried other routes of treatment, like outpatient therapy, before coming to us.  For some kids, this might mean aggressive behaviors and difficulty listening to adults.  For some of our adolescents, this might mean depressive symptoms and suicidal ideations.

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