Ihad heard of Illinois Department of Human Division of Mental Healthfrom a colleague at college whom we were conducting a group researchproject with. He proposed to me that in my career options, I shouldconsider Illinois Department of Human Division of Mental Health wherehe was doing his internship program. This is because it was our finalyear in college and I was contemplating a job in Illinois state. Herecommended the place as it gave him the best experience in guidanceand counseling in the psychology department. I then asked him thebest person I should contact in the organization and he suggestedHelena the head nurse. Therefore, I searched online on theorganization`s activities, what kind of people they deal with, andtheir career options. Before conducting an interview with Helena, Icame a few interview questions that would create a clear glimpse ofwhat it takes to work in Illinois Department of Human Division ofMental Health. I also suggested a comfortable venue for theinterview.
“Helena,Thank you for honoring your promise to meet me here for a fewquestions about community options, I am humbled.” “It is mypleasure!” “To start with kindly explain to me what it is towork on Community options. How is a typical day like in IllinoisDepartment of Human Division of Mental Health” “ Uhm that is avery essential question. Working in Illinois Department of HumanDivision of Mental Health is really fulfilling. We are dedicated toserve our clientele with the best of support. You know we deal withpeople with disabilities. Therefore, we aim at being veryprofessional so that we can give the much needed emotional support aswell as physical support. On a normal day, we carry out manyphysiotherapy exercises and a lot of guidance and counseling.
Somany psychiatrists will have about five to six interviews with thefamily and friends of their patients.” Thank you Helena allow meto ask the next question, what do you find challenging and rewardingabout this work?” “ dealing with people who have severedisabilities is really a high calling. It takes one to be veryunderstanding of their patients. It is very fulfilling when you arein a position of assisting someone to be a better person in thesociety. What more will you want in this life apart from beingsupportive to the needy?” thank you again. Could you pleaseelaborate on the challenges that you face?” “ They are many. For instance, we have patients who have severe mental disorders whosometimes prove to be hostile. Therefore, as a nurse it is hard forme to administer prescriptions on time. It is hard for our patientsto understand us and so they give us a hard time especially on timelyintake of medication and active participation of exercises duringphysiotherapy.” Thanks, and what are the lifestyle implication ofthis kind of job?” there are many benefits of being an employee atCommunity Options. For instance, the job security is guaranteed. There are also attractive pension schemes and about flexibility,psychiatrists have added advantage. Their working places are notfixed to only offices they can carry out interviews even at socialsites so that they get as much information about their patients.” Therefore, this is usually convenient and saves time while reducingmonotony. Is there another person working in this field who would beof good help to me? “Uuh yes! I propose you talk to the chiefPsychiatrist Ms Meredith.” Thank you so much Helena for you time.
Inmy interview with Helena, I got a clear glimpse of what it is to workas a psychiatrist. It needs many understanding and good socialskills. For that reason, I will have to take voluntary exercise inthe state psychiatrist organization during my free time to enhance myunderstanding of the needs of people with disabilities (Beinart,Kennedy & Llewelyn, 2009). I will also carry out anotherinterview with the director of psychology in Community Options tohelp me understand more about my career as a clinical psychologist. I have learnt that clinical psychology entails a lot. It requiresgreat understanding of the patient’s mental status (Carr, 2012). It also requires good communication skills and social skills for oneto understand the health background of the patients.
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Carr,A. ( 2012). ClinicalPsychology: An Introduction.New York: Routledge.