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Instructional Objectives-Understand the roles, functions and characteristics of counselors
Understand the types and methods of counseling service delivery and delivery settings.
1-Results of Self-Directed Study
2-Complete Professions Matrix
Group 1:Helping Professionals This is the summary of possible treatments for John, the college student who is in the hospital for over drinking. We decided we would suggest the following resources as possibilities for help in John's situation.
Substance Abuse Counselor- Method - Direct with John; Role and Function - Assessment, Counseling, Referral, Evaluation; Setting - in/out patient facility, health center, hospital; Credentials - NAADAC, High School graduate, state license, CRC, masters
Counseling Psychologist- Method - Direct with John and/or family; Role and Function - individual counseling, family counseling; Setting - community mental health center, private practice, VA (if app.); Credentials - Ph.D., APA license
Student Personnel Counselor- Method - Direct with John and/or family, fraternity; Role and Function - individual counseling, training, prevention, consultation; Setting - university; Credentials - masters for CACREP acc. Program, LPC
Marriage and Family Therapist- Method - Direct with John and/or family; Role and Function - consultation, teaching, relationship expert, therapy; Setting - private practice, colleges, hospitals, community mental health centers, inpatient facilities; Credentials - masters from AAMFT acc. Program with 2 years practice,
GROUP 3 CASE
Our group was assigned the role of personnel director of DP Industries. Our client, Tracy, expressed anxiety about his/her perception of the impending closure of the plant where he/she had been employed since graduation from college. We approached the problem from two main perspectives. First, as personnel director, we would know if the plant was actually closing. If so, then a specific plan of action was formulated to assist Tracy in finding alternate employment and/or exploration of other avenues (retirement, etc.) and also helping Tracy and his/her family cope with the emotional strain of the life change.
Our second option considered the possibility that the plant was not closing, and that Tracy was delusional. In this instance, we mapped out potential sources of assistance for Tracy regarding his/her mental health and that of the family. From the first perspective (the plant is closing), we focused on two areas: assistance in job placement for Tracy and assistance in coping with the life change.
To help Tracy find another job, we hypothesized referring her to the Employment Office, where a certified career counselor could do assessments of her job skills, conduct mock interviews, update her resume, conduct searches for job openings (computer data bases, etc.), and hopefully find a workable solution for Tracy. Another potential avenue would be to concentrate on Tracy's social network. Having lived in the same town and worked at the same place for so long, we thought that Tracy might have community resources (friends, church members, family, acquaintances, etc.) who might have knowledge of possible job opportunities for her.
Also, an Employee Assistance Program offered through the corporation could help Tracy both in finding a new job and with the personal implications of her life change. Counselors either on-staff with the company or referrals could assist Tracy with a diverse range of problems and issues, such as marriage/family issues, financial planning, basic counseling to deal with the job change, etc. These counseling options would theoretically be financed by company insurance, and the company would set the standards for counselor training (what level of training do they require for their on-staff or referral counselors?) Another potential resource for Tracy is union membership. If Tracy is a member of a union, union members can serve as worker advocates to obtain federal money for retraining, etc., for Tracy, and can also help her find another job.
Another career option we explored was college career placement services available from Tracy's university. Tracy could theoretically bring her situation to them, and they could utilize university resources to help find her another job. We also explored the possibility, given the scope of Tracy's age and her tenure with the company, of offering her early retirement, something she could determine a feasible option for her or not, depending on the specifics of the retirement plan and her needs.
The second perspective from which we approached the problem concerns Tracy's emotional reaction/stress from the impending life change. First, though, if Tracy was delusional (the plant's not really closing), we considered the possibility of her getting assessed and/or counseled by the EAP, with a possible referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist, depending on Tracy's level of impairment (has she just been misinformed or is she experiencing more serious problems?)
In any case, to assist Tracy with the stress associated with her perception of the impending life change, we hypothesized sending her and her family to a marriage/family counselor, to help her and her family deal with the anger, frustration, and disappointment of her imminent job loss. These measures would be both remediative and preventive, as they deal with a problem already manifested but also serve to prevent the current problem from getting worse and to eliminate the potential for new problems to develop.
Her children, depending upon their ages, which we estimated to be approximately jr. high or high school age, and quite possibly college-age, could be referred to their school counselor, either high school or university level, depending upon their respective ages, to help them learn to cope with the change in their lives as a result of Tracy's job loss (or perception thereof).
We also considered the possibility of a pastoral counselor for Tracy, depending upon her religious convictions. If she is a member of a church, this could be a very viable option. Another potential possibility, depending upon the level of problems had by Tracy and her family, could be the intervention of a social worker, who could assist the family, particularly the children.
We also considered support groups for workers, either through the EAP or a consulting counselor, who could assist the workers in communicating with one another and expressing their feelings about their impending job loss. This is an overview of the alternatives we explored to assist Tracy's predicament
Homework for Session 6
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2-complete peer evaluation forms and return next week;
3-bring print out of session 6 web site to class with
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5-Session 7 group problem report should be
Dept of MH &MR,lic-AL ideal
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Taylor-secure med, Thomasville,
Mary Harper GEriatric 5 regions-E Al is one;AL DMH- AL DMH job opportunities, for prof. positions generally required MS degrees from accredited universities and licensure from the AL Board of Examiners, which is broken into several subsets like the AL Board of Social Work Examiners. The phone # for the psychology review board is (334) 242-4127 and the social work # is (334) 242-5860. report from Glenn Winkler.
Dept Justice; Institution in Dr. Mike Ferlong's number (334 293-2100) at the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery. Dr. Ferlong was able to provide the needed information. This is what I learned:
Federal Facilities in the area include a Federal Correction Institution in Talladega (AL), a Federal Prison Camp in both Mongomery (AL) and Eglin (FL), and a rather large facility in Butner (NC).
Counselors with a Masters do not hold many positions at the Federal level. They can only work under a Psychologist in a Drug Abuse Program as a Drug Treatment Specialist.
Social Workers are also limited to a few positions.
Psychologists (Ph.D required) work in Federal Institutions providing and/or supervising services.
Psychiatrists mainly work in the Medical Facilities.
Programs where Mental Health Providers may be employed: -Forensic Report Institutions -Inpatient/Outpatient Treatment and Evaluation -Transitional Units for patients who don't need inpatient care but also can't function in a regular facility.
The federal government also provides an Internship Training Program for Ph.D students and an EAP for counseling and referring staff. Report by Cathie Helmbold
360 MH beds, 1500inpt drug beds
28 MH staff +
31 contract workers
mh Specists-ma,drug cslr
D Hu Resources,ea county,
soc wrk or
4yr degree, adoption,foster care, child ab investig
Protective serv,adult serv,food stamps
child ab educ,The Department of Health and Human Services is over all the state levels of DHR. They can be accessed by the internet at the following address: http://www.gsa.gov/
Report by Shanna Cates
Nat Dept Vets Affairs,
cslng,drug,HIV,PTSD,MECA-Milit Ed and Cslr Assoc