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June 15, 2015
great placegreat place to intern. staff was very helpful and cared about patients and their well being. good management and experience.
June 10, 2013
My first real experience with Mentally IllDuring my externship at Rockland Psychiatric Center, I first encountered the mentally ill population. I was a young, eager, undergraduate student who really had no experience in this field. I was placed in the Recovery Center where I was supervised by the director of psychology and the psychiatrist of the unit. In the Recovery Center, I participated in weekly unit meetings where we discussed events coming up and what programs the clients would be able to attend. I also sat in on a chorus group and watched how the peer advocate interacted with the clients. I also ran my own group, the Healthy Lifestyle group, where we discussed healthy food options and exercise that would help speed up their recovery. I also learned how to read Forensic patient's files and how to interact with these types of individuals as well. The hardest part of the job was just not knowing how to handle certain situations since it was my first time with this population, so I did have to ask some questions. This was also helpful because I learned a lot when I had to ask my supervisor questions. The most enjoyable part of the job was during my last week and one of the clients told me that he was lucky enough to have met me because it's nice to work with someone who has such compassion towards their type of population.
April 02, 2013
NY State Office of Mental HealthWork as a LCSW-R for an outpatient mental health clinic. Work with adults who are diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse.