Mental Health Counselor Report

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Component I: Narrative Summation of Interview
(Charleston, SC) This interview is taking place on Friday, October 11th, 2013 at City Lights Coffee, our favorite coffee shop on Market Street in Downtown Charleston, directly off of King Street. Today I am interviewing Mrs. Mary Bolden who has a Masters degree in Social work along with other degrees and certificates, from Winthrop College and the University of South Carolina. She is the program director for Pinelands Psychosocial Residential Treatment Facility in Summerville, South Carolina. In conjunction with being the program director at Pinelands PRTF, she is an emergency intervention
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My private practice allows me to relate on a more personal level with my clients which as you know are adolescents. I see my clients on a day to day basis and not just once a week as a psychologist or once a month as a social worker would.” So, I asked her; “what does your normal day consist of?” She said, “My normal day would start, usually with a staff meeting with the CEO, various health service providers or HSP’s, and the Director of Nursing, We meet to discuss any treatment team issues and discuss any new admissions or discharges and other concerns for that day. I would then start my day by returning phone calls to various social workers or probation officers with the state and from there I would review any scheduled family therapy sessions or emergency interventions that were needed. Then my next step is to have my sessions with my clients, which usually takes about an hour each …show more content…
Mary; does having knowledge of human growth and development really play that much of a part in your practice?” Mrs. Mary replied strongly; “without a doubt!, If you do not understand what milestones in life are normal and expected from an individual, you cannot attempt to put into place a counseling goal for them in a correct manner.” Would you explain that to me Mrs. Mary? I asked. She said, “Well say for instance that you are trying to communicate a cognitive behavioral theory process to a 30 year old man who only has a 6 year old mentality, it ain’t gonna happen. Without knowing what milestones in life are appropriate for whatever age, you cannot establish a case plan or goal for that person and the only way to understand that process is to take a growth and development

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