The Mental Health Program For Messiah

1727 Words Dec 29th, 2015 7 Pages
I recently just read a book for a crisis counseling class, as part of the clinical mental health program for Messiah. Chapter 1, in the book Healing From Trauma, was entitled “Shit Happens.” The chapter spoke about traumatic events and why terrible things might happen to people. The chapter stressed that we are flawed humans that live in an imperfect world with little control over unexpected events in our lives. Unexpected deaths, war, terrorists attacks, and fatal illnesses, all strike without warning. After working in the mental health field for several years, part of my job as an intensive case manager is facilitating crisis assessments on individuals who present in the emergency room (ER) and endorse suicidal ideation. Virtually …show more content…
How People Stay Healthy and Well Throughout the last few years of being through Messiah’s program, each class and syllabus have stressed the importance of self-care. People take on too much and eventually burnout. Balancing school, work, family, household responsibilities, and other various tasks can be challenging. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is an evidenced based program that many agencies are instructed to tell their clients about. It allows clients to write their own wellness plan. They write a plan on what they do to stay healthy and well. They are asked to identify periods of wellness and to think back over the last six months to when things were going very well for them, in hopes of replicating those wellness periods. The plan that clients write involves everything from hobbies, balancing time, eating right, exercising, and organization. I have even stress self-care to many of the parents of the children I work with. Many of them are on the verge of burnout. When people learn to manage their time, spend time doing the things they enjoy, and balance their work lives, they are much more able to avoid burnout. Where I work, we get a company cell phone. I only give my number out to providers, as consumers can call my desk phone and leave a message if I’m not there. My outgoing message gives clear instructions on how to get in touch with me or a
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