Training + Insight + Discussion + Support for NEW Clinicians
Instructor: Jennifer Mele LCSW, RYT
Despite hours upon hours of tedious studying, interning and meeting the high demands of higher education programs and licensing requirements, few MSW graduates feel adequately prepared for clinical practice once they enter the field.
I was completely shocked to see after I finished my MSW that I had absolutely no idea all that was required to obtain my license, set up a practice and maintain a business. How did I spend (borrow) that much money and still end up completely in the dark.
From being told by those around me that I needed to just settle and take what I could get to months of back and forth with the state social work board to years worth of conflict with health insurance reimbursement, there were so many times I wanted to rip my hair out and scream into the phone.
Not to mention the secondary traumatization from overwhelming caseloads, high risk clients and lack of supervision, I remember thinking...why is this so hard? Why does it feel like "I" have to jump through hoops when I'm already working so hard and giving so much?
I had so much resentment and quickly defaulted to depending on myself because asking for help felt like it was met with an ever revolving closed door.
I just couldn't understand how in a profession of some of the most caring and dedicated people I know could receive so little help and support. Maybe it's because this field draws people who so easily put others well being over our own, or maybe it's a response to the systems around us.
I figure it's both.
Regardless, the path I took is one that I hope to shorten immensely but supported you on your journey and being a resource and support for you.
It doesn't have to be this way and it's time that those of us in the helping profession learn and give exquisite care to ourselves FIRST.
I know that may sound radical, especially to those invested in squeezing every last ounce of energy out of their practitioners to meet their bottom line, but for all that teaching about boundaries to others it's time we set the bar to the highest caliber for ourselves.
More importantly, I had no idea how to ask for help because I was chronically disappointed with the lack of support around me and dealing with unprocessed grief from
Taking care of ourselves first is what creates a fulfilling and successful life and practice.
Monthly Sessions in Lawrenceville, NJ