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Posted: 12/30/2005 2:41:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 2:48:53 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
I've been a mental health therapist for about a year now. It's been cool in that I've been helping out families with communication issues, maladaptive family dynamics and mental health issues and have actually seen some results. I also work at various school sites and have done some decent work with "behaviorally challenged" children and teens. While it hasn't been easy it's been a pretty good gig; however, since Medi-Cal is the insurance that most of my clients have the paperwork is HELLACIOUS and never ending. So much paperwork, in fact, it kind of gets in the way of the counseling process. This paperwork has definitely made me think about other careers. Enter State Parole.

I just got wind from my correctional officer buddies that CDC is looking to hire a lot of parole agents. And because of my Master's degree, I can substitute education for experience and get in that way. The money substantially better in the long run and you just can't beat the benefits. Twenty years on the job gets you 60% of your top pay for retirment and 30 years will give you 90% of your top at time for retirement. My buddy's aunt is making $6,500 a month as a parole agent, per my buddy's report. Kinda hard not to think about that kind of dinero and seriously think about a switch.

So, should I stick with counseling and help change the world one family at a time, or should I go for the money and send criminals back to prison?

Oh yeah, plus I'll be able to get hi-cap mags with the second job! LOL.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 2:43:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 2:48:57 PM EDT by TheRedHorseman]
ok, continue living in your socialist "workers paradise"

comrade
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 2:46:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 2:47:10 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
Did I ask about moving out of state?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 3:01:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By urbankaos04:
So, should I stick with counseling and help change the world one family at a time




Considering counseling is all B.S. anyway, go with s job with measurable results
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 3:13:08 PM EDT
Whatcha need to do is get yourself a Federal job and not worry about it anymore. There are alot of agencies that have positions for your field if you have the proper credentials (you stated you had a masters degree) so go get a Fed job and move up the ladder and have a good solid secure job where you can attempt to fight through the paper and maybe help a person every so often.

As i'm sure you are aware the reality of social services is that the paperwork never ends, everything must be documented, and justified to the point of monatony as thats just the way social services are. So brush up on your typing and accept this is just hte reality whether working in mental health or corrections; its all paperwork papwerwork.

So go get yourself a good Fed job and enjoy it, of course the only way that will most likely happen is if you are willing to relocate wherever but the trick is just to get yoru foot in the door and you are then good to go.

Best of luck on your career; just remember as a therapist, your only going to probably truly affect 10% of your clients and of the rest will just be a thorn in your side to assist you in defining dysfunction.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:54:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 5:58:23 PM EDT by urbankaos04]

Originally Posted By ar15_rifleman:

Originally Posted By urbankaos04:
So, should I stick with counseling and help change the world one family at a time




Considering counseling is all B.S. anyway, go with s job with measurable results



Ha, that's what I used to think, but I've seen results as a therapist. As a matter of fact, the only reason counseling doesn't work is if the client doesn't commit to the process and utlize the skills taught in counseling.

As for seeing measurable results, I guess it depends on what you mean. Yes, sending a bad guy back to prison is a positive, but helping out a troubled child or teen and preventing them from going down a wrong path is just as important, probably more so, but not as measurable.

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:59:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By azcactusbrew:
Whatcha need to do is get yourself a Federal job and not worry about it anymore. There are alot of agencies that have positions for your field if you have the proper credentials (you stated you had a masters degree) so go get a Fed job and move up the ladder and have a good solid secure job where you can attempt to fight through the paper and maybe help a person every so often.

As i'm sure you are aware the reality of social services is that the paperwork never ends, everything must be documented, and justified to the point of monatony as thats just the way social services are. So brush up on your typing and accept this is just hte reality whether working in mental health or corrections; its all paperwork papwerwork.

So go get yourself a good Fed job and enjoy it, of course the only way that will most likely happen is if you are willing to relocate wherever but the trick is just to get yoru foot in the door and you are then good to go.

Best of luck on your career; just remember as a therapist, your only going to probably truly affect 10% of your clients and of the rest will just be a thorn in your side to assist you in defining dysfunction.



Now, this is something to think about. Thanks for the feedback.
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