Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 1/12}

Yes, this is a bit cheesy, but it’s been awhile and we need to break the ice.  Please answer the following about yourself: (1) Name?  (2) Where are you doing your internship (how’s it going?)?  (3) What has been your most adaptive coping skill at your internship?  (4) What are your thoughts about graduating soon, getting a job, and later getting licensed?

 

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43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Valerie Graveline
    Jan 05, 2023 @ 23:56:13

    Hi everyone! I’m sure we all know one another but my name is Valerie. I’ve been doing my internship at Butler Hospital in the Young Adult Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs. It’s been going really well and I’ve enjoyed gaining so much experience with such an acute population and working frequently with personality disorders and psychosis, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot. I have individual patients that I see daily while they’re in the program and then I run Yalom-style groups and psychoeducation groups which I really enjoy.
    My most adaptive coping skill at my internship has been seeking social support from my supervisors and coworkers. With the nature of working with patients in a high level of care I initially (and sometimes still do) found it hard not to take the heaviness of the information home with me. I’ve felt really supported by the other staff members and feel like I can be genuine and open with them, and I’ve found it to be really helpful overall in managing that.
    Thinking about graduating soon, getting a job, and later getting licensed right now feels overwhelming, so I’m trying to think of it all as one step at a time! I’m excited thinking about getting a job and have been thinking a lot about continuing to work in a hospital setting. Getting licensed feels so far away!

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    • Giana Faia
      Jan 14, 2023 @ 14:54:55

      Hi Valerie! Feeling supported and having others to turn to has been extremely helpful and comforting during this internship experience. I’m glad you have that support, especially working with such an acute population. Also, I agree, thinking about the next steps definitely feels overwhelming! I keep reminding myself that this will be a good change, which helps me feel more excited and less overwhelmed. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Tim Cody
      Jan 15, 2023 @ 20:19:45

      Hi Valerie,

      I am glad you are enjoying your internship and are able to work well in groups and utilize psychoeducation. I understand the importance of not bringing your work home with you and taking some time for self-care. I am glad you have good supervision and support from your coworkers to help you separate the work and homelife. You are going to do great in whatever setting you decide to begin your career in!

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  2. Jennifer Vear
    Jan 07, 2023 @ 12:12:45

    1. Jenn Vear 🙂
    2. I am doing my internship at UMass Harrington in Webster. I am in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as well as the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and am really enjoying my experience there! I run groups and have individual clients.
    3. My most adaptive coping skill at my internship is being able to separate my home and work environment. I have the mindset that when I am at my internship, I am fully there and when I am home, I am fully at home. This has been a work in progress to not let my personal life interfere with my internship or vice versa, but it has been working pretty well so far. I also make sure to incorporate my favorite activities such as reading and painting into each day.
    4. Thinking about graduation has been pretty exciting, but also a little stressful. I know that I have a lot coming up in my life and I am so excited to get started. I have not decided whether or not I want to stay at my internship or try some other place. It will definitely be nice to have just a job to worry about and not school, a part-time job, and internship all together!

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    • Kaitlyn Tonkin
      Jan 14, 2023 @ 14:19:40

      Hi Jenn! I find that it is SUPER important to be able to separate yourself from your internship when not there. When I first started, I would constantly look at emails, respond immediately, and keep in touch with clients on days I wasn’t there, and I found that it made me incredibly stressed. Now, I am trying hard to draw that line and keep those boundaries. These skills will be super important when working full-time as well. I’m glad that you are able to keep them separate because it is paramount when it comes to your well-being. I totally agree that it will be so nice to just have to think about a job instead of focusing on a bunch of different parts of life and bouncing between all the responsibilities.

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    • Katie OBrien
      Jan 15, 2023 @ 11:51:38

      Jenn,

      I love the way you described being fully at internship versus fully at home. I feel like it’s a conscious decision I made as well: when I’m at internship, I’m not thinking about anything else, but once I’m at home, I turn that part of my mind off. My site and supervisor is great about reinforcing healthy work/home boundaries and using your home time for self-care, which has definitely validated that “I’m home, trying not to think about clients” when I start to go down that train of thought. But it really is an actual process sometimes to keeping to that!

      – Katie

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    • Tim Cody
      Jan 15, 2023 @ 20:11:26

      Hi Jenn,

      I am glad you are enjoying your internship and are able to separate your home life as well. You definitely understand the importance of not bringing your internship to your home and social life. This can lead to burnout and decrease in inspiration. I hope you are able to discern what is best for your career after you graduate!

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    • Moises Chauca
      Jan 16, 2023 @ 12:29:24

      Hello Jenn,

      I enjoyed reading your post. Your adaptive coping skill about separation of work and home is one that I find necessary at my internship as well. We work with patients through stressful situations and experience strong emotions during the process. It is important to separate work and home lifestyles to mitigate burnout.

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  3. Lindsay O'Meara
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 07:16:50

    (1) Hi! My name is Lindsay and I am an intern at Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services.

    (2) It’s funny because originally, I was uninterested in working with children. But, I love my internship placement, and kids are pretty fun, although I could do without repeatedly being roped into playing operation (lol). My clients are incredible though, and I have had really positive experiences with them. I have had the opportunity to help others and really assist them in reaching their goals, and that’s the plan right? SYFS has a super supportive environment, my supervisor is amazing, and I work alongside 3 of my peers from Assumption.

    (3) My most adaptive coping skill at my internship has been reaching out for support and collaborating with my peers and supervisor. Perspective is everything, and I have learned so much through conversation with others.

    Another adaptive coping skill that I have picked up has been letting myself rest when I’m at home, bubble baths, hikes with my dogs, and only talking about positive experiences at work when I am not there.

    (4) So I am really excited to graduate, but sad about leaving internship
    because it is truly just such a great place. However, I do look forward to finding a job and developing my skills with older clients. I am confident in my ability to find a job after the program ends, so that part is not worrying me, which is great. Getting licensed, well I feel like I’m a little lost on the steps for that, but it seems like this course provides information on what that looks like, so no real worries here.

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    • Christina DeMalia
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 13:01:53

      Hi Lindsay!

      I am in a similar position of actually feeling a little sad that my internship will be ending in a few months because I’ve been enjoying it so much. It sounds like you’ve found a really great placement! I also think its a great experience to do your internship with a different population than the one you are planning to work with after graduation. Knowing that you work well with kids and have experience in that now definitely helps you be a well rounded clinician!

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    • Frayah Wilkey
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 19:39:24

      Hi Lindsay! It’s great that you went out of your comfort zone for your internship and tried something different from what you’d usually go for. I also really relate to your self-care strategies and think that they’re great to cope with such hectic schedules. So glad to see you again this semester!

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    • Lexi
      Jan 19, 2023 @ 13:48:33

      Hi Lindsay-

      Perspective is so important – part of the learning for me has been being comfortable reaching out for that peer support and having an awesome open relationship with my supervisor at placement has helped so much. I am glad you are experiencing the same level of peer supported learning

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  4. Pawel Zawistowski
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 13:18:00

    My name is Pawel Zawistowski and I am doing my internship at Seven Hills Behavioral Health doing outpatient therapy with kids and adolescents. It is pretty challenging but I am learning a lot and enjoy interning there!

    As for adaptive coping skills I am not sure if you are asking which coping skills we are teaching our clients or what coping skills we are using ourselves to deal with the stressors of our internship. But for clients I have used a lot of guided mindfulness exercises and diaphragmic breathing techniques. For myself I used both coping skills mentioned about and running and stretching to release tension and ease my mind.

    As for graduating, I am literally counting down the days and cannot wait to graduate and start my career. Very excited!

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    • Francesca Bellizzi
      Jan 15, 2023 @ 08:39:55

      Hey Pawel –

      Glad we have been able to push through this internship together! I know that you have some tough clients right now, and I’m sure you’re managing them well. Running and stretching are in my top 5 for coping skills right now – I’m sure you’d manage to blow me out of the water when it comes to running

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  5. Francesca Bellizzi
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 13:43:55

    Hi everyone – I’m Francesca! I’m currently doing my internship at Seven Hills Outpatient in Worcester, and it’s going great! Honestly, I never thought that I would want to do therapy with little kids but let me just say I absolutely love it. Right now, the coping skill that is helping me get through these busy and stressful times is going to the gym. My “job job” is actually working at a local gym where I teach group fitness classes and train, work in our fitness center, and act as a director. For me, this has been a saving grace and I genuinely think that the mind goes where the body goes, and physical wellness and mental wellness stand hand in hand. Frankly, (I don’t know about you guys) but I am TERRIFIED and excited to finally be graduating in May. I have already received an offer letter from my internship placement to stay on as a full time clinician upon graduation – so I have been blessed with having that stress taken off my shoulders. Getting licensed is a whole other story – with a fine balance of anxiety and excitement. I can’t wait to see where this long and journey is going to take me, and I’m happy to be spending the last of it with y’all!

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    • Christina DeMalia
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 13:18:54

      Hi Francesca,

      It is awesome to hear that your job involves fitness! I’ve also found physical wellness to have a huge impact on my overall well-being, and try to fit it in whenever I can. I also have a “job job” that takes up a ton of my time, and unfortunately it is a desk job in research, so finding that time to be physically active can be super hard while juggling classes and internship too. It sounds like you’ve been able to find a really great balance!

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    • Pawel Zawistowski
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 15:42:21

      I am glad that you are finding time to stay physically active on top of your internship, work, and class, I feel like making the time for that can be so difficult but like you said physical and mental wellness are so closely related. Also happy for you to already have a job lined up after graduating!

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    • Lexi
      Jan 19, 2023 @ 13:46:42

      Hey Francesca

      I did not know you were so involved in fitness but I completely agree with you it is challenging but so important for self care in this field to honor the mind body connection and to be active. There are so many benefits and I am sure that outlet helps you so much to cope with some of the difficulties from internship,

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  6. Giana Faia
    Jan 10, 2023 @ 08:46:21

    1. Hello again everyone! As some of you already know, my name is Giana Faia.
    2. I am doing my internship at Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services. My experience at SYFS so far has been great and the environment is extremely positive and welcoming. In addition to seeing clients, I will also be co-leading a mindfulness and meditation group for high schoolers which I am excited for. Along with being at SYFS, we have a school placement where I am at St. Mary’s in Shrewsbury one day a week.
    3. Being at my internship, I have learned how important and helpful it is to talk to other interns as well as staff clinicians. Whether it’s discussing a client you’re struggling with, brainstorming ideas, validating feelings, or just sharing similar experiences it has been extremely helpful to have those people to turn to and talk to which I think has been my most adaptive coping skill.
    4. The topic of graduating and getting a job has been one that we have frequently discussed at my internship. I am very excited to be graduating soon. I feel a sense of relief when I think about going from having class, assignments, internship, and a job to just having a job. However, since I’ve had such a positive experience at my internship, I have some anxiety about finding a job that’s similar in that way.

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    • Jennifer Vear
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 07:48:33

      Hi Giana!

      Good luck with running that meditation group! Honestly, as long as you know your stuff I feel like you’re going to do a great job! It can be intimidating at first but I know that after watching other clinicians lead, I found a way to find my own style with running groups and just ended up settling right into it!
      I am also in the same boat as to what job to look for after graduation. Deciding if I want to stay or move on to something that is slightly different. It is definitely a challenge to think about!

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    • Lindsay O'Meara
      Jan 14, 2023 @ 14:00:06

      Hi Giana!

      I agree that it is going to be such a relief to no longer be in school. I also share the anxiety about moving from our placement because it has been such a wonderful experience. I feel really fortunate that we have made the connections that we have, and we will have so much support going into the real world.

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  7. Lexi
    Jan 10, 2023 @ 10:46:14

    Hello all – my name is Alexis, Lex if you are feeling casual. I am doing my internship at Spectrum Health Systems in Milford. We are an outpatient substance abuse treatment site, dealing mostly with opioid use disorder clients who are prescribed methadone as part of their treatment.

    My experience has been that of a roller coaster and this work can feel like hitting your head against a wall at times – but I am learning a lot. My most adaptive coping skill during my internship is perhaps my ability to utilize social support – my roommates, family and friends are very involved in my experiences and so I talk a lot to them about any challenges or obstacles that I am faced with. I have also found that journaling and making lists frequently helps me to feel organized and like I have some semblance of control in my life.

    I still have at least one semester left after this one, maybe two- and so trying not to think too much about what to do next just yet. My focus is being successful this semester. When I think about the future, I still consider a PhD as an option… I don’t feel like my time in academics is done and I am really interested in research and academic writing. I feel more confused than I did prior to my internship about what types of settings I would be excited about completing hours for licensure in. My brief time at Spectrum has forced me to consider the financial and emotional challenges that come with working in an agency like this one – and so the task of logging hours feels much bigger to me now than it did in the abstract.

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    • Jennifer Vear
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 07:54:39

      Hi Lexi!

      I can relate to your comment about the financial and emotional challenges that come with working in those types of agencies. It is something that when looking for a job, I am really paying attention to. So far, working in a hospital setting, I have many people that I can turn to for help to talk about a case or help me deal with a possible crisis or whatever the situation may be. This can be helpful so that I do not hold the burden on myself completely which could increase that stress. I know that it is also because I am an intern, but I have seen the other clinicians work together in this way as well so that one person is not going to overwork themselves. With that said, I will definitely look at the environment in the workplace and see how the other clinicians work together when I decide on a job placement. Just a thought for your possible future considerations. 🙂

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    • Lina Boothby-Zapata
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 10:30:27

      Hi Lex,

      I share with you that Spectrum is definitely a challenging internship. I personally struggle with the Avatar system, take too much, and feel that I would like to work more on CBT interventions. MI and Harm reduction, instead of updating the system and patient’s assessments like MQTAS, CCP, and Risk Assessments. I also find myself with moral/personal conflicts such as patients high risk behaviors and the harm reduction model. I feel frustration because most of these clients do not want therapy treatment.

      I love your idea about your Phd, good luck with these plans!!

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    • Lindsay O'Meara
      Jan 14, 2023 @ 14:03:57

      Hi Alexis!

      Social support is so helpful when you are working with others in the magnitude that we do. I am happy to hear you have a really good support system in place! I think that our internship really gives us the opportunity to really understand what we are looking for in a career following graduation. I too have had moments when I think about furthering my education, and I think that it’s great that you are still considering a Phd!

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  8. Katie O'Brien
    Jan 10, 2023 @ 12:37:09

    Hi everyone!
    1.) I go by Katie, if you don’t know!
    2.) I’m doing my internship at Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services and I absolutely love it! I currently have several outpatient clients, mostly kiddos and some young adults, and several kids (grades 1-middle school) that I see at my school placement once a week. I’ve had a really great internship experience so far. I haven’t determined my “favorite” age group yet, but it has been interesting to see how different each session is depending on the client’s age. Actually, in general it has been interesting to see how no session runs exactly the same since every client is so different. It has also been a cool experience seeing what we learned from a textbook coming to life, and seeing how different it is compared to just learning about the interventions. I don’t have any big negatives so far!
    3.) My most adaptive coping skill at internship… It’s so funny because I feel like it was drilled into us but it’s so true – taking advantage of supervision! I have had some experiences where I wasn’t sure how I felt and used individual supervision to flush any weird emotions out. But I also really enjoy my weekly group supervision, as well. We always go around and share how we’re feeling that day and how we are doing on our self-care that week, and both sharing and hearing from the other interns and some of the other clinicians who join us, really alleviates some stress. It also helps to keep me accountable with my self-care routine.
    4.) I’m feeling a mix of things about graduation coming up and all that entails. I’m partly excited – I’m ready to be back to focusing on a paid job, for sure, and am excited to keep doing therapy as a non-intern. That’s pretty cool to feel more “official!” On the other hand, I do feel pretty stressed about things like the oral exam, finding a job (somewhere that I enjoy would be great but I’m catastrophizing that I won’t find something I like), and just figuring out how we go about making sure we get everything we need for licensure. So it’s very mixed feelings right now, but I am hoping some of what we do in this class will help with the stressed parts!
    Excited to hear how everyone else’s internship experience is going so far!

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    • Pawel Zawistowski
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 16:51:27

      Katie,

      Totally agree that it is nice to take what we have learned over the course of our studies come to life! I often find myself referring back to my textbooks when I’m dealing with a challenge at the internship. Also, I have to agree that supervision has been huge getting through those difficult moments as well!

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  9. Christina DeMalia
    Jan 10, 2023 @ 14:56:52

    (1) Christina DeMalia

    (2) I am completing my internship at the Fitchburg State University counseling center. So far, it has far exceeded my expectations. The group of full time counselors who I work with are extremely knowledgeable and I have learned so much. I have also really enjoyed the freedom a college counseling center offers by not billing insurance. I have found that, compared to my summer practicum at a community health center, this creates a lot less pressure for paperwork, and leaves more time for focusing on the specific needs of the clients. I am learning a lot and getting a wide range of experience, while also feeling really supported.

    (3) These aren’t exactly typical coping skills, but I have found two ways to manage the workload and emotional load of my internship experience. First, I was encouraged to block off hours of time in my schedule whenever I feel paperwork backing up, or even to just break up days when I have back-to-back sessions. Even though it is tempting to get as many face-to-face hours as possible, I notice a huge difference in myself when I take a few minutes in-between clients to reset, rather than trying to quickly type up notes in-between sessions. A second coping skill is something I do outside of the office. I used to only watch TV/Netflix if I considered it to be “brain food” aka something educational or something that made me think. However, the other counselors talked about how helpful “mind-numbing” TV can be after a long day of clinical work. So watching reality TV has been one of my new coping skills, and so far I have found it to be really adaptive. After a full day of thinking and caring deeply about serious things, it has been really nice to give myself an opportunity to turn my mind off.

    (4) I have definitely felt a bit stuck in limbo about what will happen for me after graduation. I applied to one PhD program (in applied psychology and prevention science, not in clinical psychology) because I would be able to attend for free while still working full time. If I’m accepted, I’ll take about 4 years to get my PhD and then shift my focus towards clinical hours. However, if I’m not accepted this year I will have to make more difficult decisions. For example, any job I take to get my clinical hours would likely be a pay cut. For that reason, I’m unsure if I would get a full time job in counseling, or if I may keep my job and look for part time options to start building my clinical hours over time. My biggest concern in either scenario is making sure that I keep an eye on the 8-year timeline I have to complete all of my hours post-graduation.

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    • Lina Boothby-Zapata
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 10:41:56

      Hi Christina, I am so glad that you could found such a great internship! I think is very important that while we don’t get pay, we have the opportunity to really learn about clinical skills, CBT interventions, and reflect and consult about our clients, and us as a therapists and not how the system works.

      Congratulations in you application to get your Phd, you are such as smart,caring, and dedicate person in your career that I am sure they will say YES! Good luck in this huge enterprise…

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    • Valerie Graveline
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 13:51:12

      Hi Christina!
      I’ve had a similar experience with the coping skill you mentioned outside of the office, being watching “mind-numbing” TV rather than educational things! I had a very similar mindset as well, as I often listen to audiobooks and would listen to things educational/clinical-related to learn and would watch similar TV shows. However, I have found shifting to books that are fiction or cheesy-romance has been pretty adaptive, and I’ve been watching more reality TV instead as well since the rest of my day is filled with so many heavy topics, and I just need something else to focus on!
      Also- that’s so exciting that you’re looking into PhD programs! That does sound tough that you have to balance the idea of a pay-cut in order to gain clinical hours, though, if you aren’t accepted from a program this year. I completely understand your concerns and really wish you the best of luck with this! I can imagine it’s a lot to think about on top of graduating and finishing up this semester.

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    • Kaitlyn
      Jan 14, 2023 @ 14:13:55

      Hi Christina! Your internship sounds really interesting! I think you are the first person I have heard of doing their internship at a college counseling center and I’m super glad to hear how much you are enjoying it. I knew it was an option when looking for sites, but I never really thought much about it. Also, the point you made about getting to focus on client’s needs by not having to focus as much on paperwork because you don’t need to bill insurance is awesome! Again, not something I had thought about. It sounds like things are going well with your internship. I also wish you the best of luck with your applications for PhD programs!

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    • Katie O'Brien
      Jan 15, 2023 @ 11:44:00

      Hi Christina,

      I think doing your internship at a college counseling center sounds awesome – now that I’ve worked with a couple of a young adults I’m wondering if that might be a setting I’d enjoy. I definitely appreciate hearing about your experience. And I have to agree about mind-numbing TV. I’ve been reading a lot lately and sometimes I can’t bother trying to read something of “substance” after a long day of class/internship, and something more “fluffy” is the better option. Good luck with the PhD – I hope everything works out!!

      – Katie

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  10. Frayah Wilkey
    Jan 10, 2023 @ 18:52:41

    1. Frayah Wilkey
    2. I’m doing my internship at Sunrise Detox Millbury. Lately, I’ve been doing intake on the detox floor and running group sessions for the sober house patients. It’s going fairly well but I’m looking forward to getting experience outside of substance abuse.
    3. My most adaptive coping skill at internship is decompressing and compartmentalizing. It can be difficult to work with patients who are on a continuous cycle of relapsing so it’s important to not ‘take anything home’. I’ve had patients OD/die so I’ve had to quickly learn to compartmentalize my work on site with my life outside of internship.
    4. I’m very excited to graduate and get a paid job in the field. Last semester was extremely difficult, both in terms of school/internship and general life, so I’m looking forward to completing this degree.

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    • Valerie Graveline
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 14:03:43

      Hi Frayah,
      It’s really good to hear that your most adaptive coping skill at your internship has been decompressing/compartmentalizing in order to keep your work and home life separate. I’m so sorry you’ve had that experience with patients at your internship, I’ve had a similar experience with working with a lot of individuals with active SI and it’s really hard not to take that home. I hope you’re able to get good social support from your supervisors and coworkers from your internship on that as well!
      I feel similar about being excited to get a paid job in the field. It’s hard to put so much time and effort into something and not be paid for this time, but it will all be worth it once we’re graduated! I hope this semester is a better one for you in terms of school/internship and general life 🙂

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    • Moises Chauca
      Jan 16, 2023 @ 13:01:37

      Hello Frayah

      Great job on your post! I agreed on many of your points. Decompressing ang compartmentalizing is crucial when working with patients on substance abuse. I am looking to get experience in different stem of the field as well. I am also looking forward to exercising the degree and getting closer to licensing.

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  11. Moises
    Jan 12, 2023 @ 13:12:31

    Hello! My name Moises Chauca. I am doing my internship at Spectrum Health Systems. My internship is going great. I have learned new and practice interventions within the Latino Community which is one of the main populations focus of my practice. My most adaptive coping skills at my internship have been journaling and blocking rest time between tough sessions. Journaling has helped me recollect my thought and positive outcomes during the day and reflect on the progress toward my goals. Blocking rest time between sessions has been a blessing, as I get to prepare for tough sessions but also wind down from the previous session. I tend to use these coping skills regularly as they help me focus on my goals and be ready for my patients.
    My thoughts about graduation and getting a job are anxious and happy thoughts. I often think about the process of finding the right place and starting a new part of my life. Currently, I am thinking of starting my practice with adolescents or young adults. I found that working with adults was great, but I have grown an interest in young adults. I found young adults to be more related to the work before my graduate program and found joy in it. Lastly, my goal after graduation is to get a license and open my own private practice. I want to be the bridge between the Latino community and the mental health field.

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    • Frayah Wilkey
      Jan 13, 2023 @ 19:43:38

      Hi Moises! I’m glad you’re enjoying your internship at Spectrum. It can be a tough field to work in due to so many different factors so it’s great that they have you there. It’s awesome that you’re able to bring personal connections into your work as well. I think that will help you be an empathetic and effective clinician and your clients will benefit from it for sure. I hope you have a great final semester there!

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  12. Tim Cody
    Jan 12, 2023 @ 13:39:47

    (1) Tim Cody
    (2) I am interning at Open Sky Community Services. I work as a clinical intern in the Rapid Response Hub. I meet both short-term and long-term clients who are seeking both therapy and psychiatry. It has been going well so far, and I have been able to meet people’s needs and safely refer them to both our counseling center and other agencies.
    (3) I have been able to successfully use cognitive restructuring to identify and modify clients core beliefs and negative automatic thoughts. I have also been able to use psychoeducation on the difference between problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping.
    (4) I am excited for the next step in my life. I have been in school for several years now, and I am looking forward to finding a job where I can work for salary and earn a wage. It also feels great to put what I have learned to use and begin my career. I am unsure where I will live long-term, whether it be Massachusetts or New Hampshire, but wherever I get my license I know I can put it good use.

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    • Francesca Bellizzi
      Jan 15, 2023 @ 08:43:05

      Hi Tim –

      That’s cool that you are working in the Rapid Response program for the agency! I’d love to hear more about it – do you often spend most of your time doing referrals? I also understand not knowing where you’ll want to end up geographically. I’ve been going back and forth on that subject for a while – I think it’s one of those questions that is always on the forefront of everyone’s minds. So close to being done with school!!

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  13. Kaitlyn Tonkin
    Jan 12, 2023 @ 14:15:04

    Hi, my name is Kaitlyn! I am doing my internship at Family Continuity in Worcester. Now that I am fully underway with my internship, I am enjoying my placement. I have been doing mostly outpatient therapy with both adults and children, but I also have an in-home therapy case and do some case management for the REACH program at Family Continuity. This program helps to get individuals connected with various resources they might need following discharge from in-patient programs. In terms of my most adaptive coping skill, I have found that making time for myself at the end of the day by doing some self-care and reading before bed has been super helpful and allows me to destress after a busy day. I am looking forward to graduating and getting a job working in the mental health field. While the process of applying for jobs and going through the interview process is a little daunting, I am still excited. I am looking forward to being done with school, at least for the time being, who knows if I will get my doctorate or PsyD someday. I am looking forward to spending those first two years after graduation learning and acquiring new skills through practice to ultimately get my license!

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    • Giana Faia
      Jan 14, 2023 @ 15:01:34

      Hi Kaitlyn! It sounds like you are quite busy so I’m glad you are able to take the time at the end of each day and do some form of self-care for yourself! For me, I have also found that finding some time to read at the end of each day helps me decompress as well. To my clients, I can’t stress the importance of self-care enough since it is something that is typically at the bottom of everyone’s to do list but often the most important. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Moises Chauca
    Jan 12, 2023 @ 20:02:58

    Hello! My name Moises Chauca. I am doing my internship at Spectrum Health Systems. My internship is going great. I have learned new and practice interventions within the Latino Community which is one of the main populations focus of my practice. My most adaptive coping skills at my internship have been journaling and blocking rest time between tough sessions. Journaling has helped me recollect my thought and positive outcomes during the day and reflect on the progress toward my goals. Blocking rest time between sessions has been a blessing, as I get to prepare for tough sessions but also wind down from the previous session. I tend to use these coping skills regularly as they help me focus on my goals and be ready for my patients.
    My thoughts about graduation and getting a job are anxious and happy thoughts. I often think about the process of finding the right place and starting a new part of my life. Currently, I am thinking of starting my practice with adolescents or young adults. I found that working with adults was great, but I have grown an interest in young adults. I found young adults to be more related to the work before my graduate program and found joy in it. Lastly, my goal after graduation is to get a license and open my own private practice. I want to be the bridge between the Latino community and the mental health field.

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    • Lexi
      Jan 19, 2023 @ 13:43:46

      Hi Moises,

      I have found journaling to be so helpful too- not just for the emotional feel good benefits but also I think it helps me with problem solving and thinking about creative ways to help some of my more resistant or difficult clients.

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