February 16, 2011

The Slow Adjustment

Things are definitely moving. Slowly, but they are moving. As I stated in my previous post, my former job was a bit less challenging than I needed, as well as a bit too laid back and slow for where I wanted to be. I've now been in my new job for just over two weeks and it's a slow build, but it's moving. I've had as many client sessions in these first two weeks here as I would sometimes have in a month at my old job, and I'm really just building my caseload right now. I've taken on a new role that is quite foreign to me on an interim basis, but that will allow me to fill my time a little bit and it will also help me build my caseload.

I don't think I mentioned this before, but my new job is at a place where I did one of my practicum placements. Due to this, the transition is a little bit different than starting a job that I've had no contact with before. I know some of the procedures, but there is still a lot to learn and different things I need to know. What has been nice is that I know most of the people there and so there hasn't been much of that first time meeting awkwardness. I'm enjoying being a bit busier than I was, and I look forward to being even busier than I've probably ever been!

Just a quick note about a book I'm reading right now. I think I mentioned Daniel Siegel and his work on Mindsight. I had listened to a series of podcasts that he contributed to and it appeared to be a wonderful addition to the field of counselling. I have been working through his book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and am really enjoying it. He gives a lot of case examples and ties them into neuroscience. It's really good to see the linkages that he talks about and how he goes about it. Next up is one of his other books, The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration. From my brief look at it, it provides a rationale for why therapists should practice Mindsight (mindfulness, really) in order to connect more closely with our clients as well as not get wrapped up in their stories.

Time for me to get ready for work. Another slowish day, but we'll see what comes out of the woodwork!

1 comment:

Charlie said...

Hey there. I am glad you managed to get yourself into a job which suites you better than the last. There is nothing worse than being somewhere that you don't want to be! work ethic tends to slide if you aren't happy.

Best of luck with your journey! Looking forward to reading about how it is all going

Charlie (coffee_snob on twitter)

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