You don't know who is screwing around and who has different physical abilities just by looking at them. I look young and able-bodied and fit, but I just had surgery. When I get back into the gym, I will be one of those slow-ass people on the treadmill, and talking to someone else distracts me and helps me keep going… Read more
A correctional facility, not a forensic psychiatric facility. We still have a significant number of clients with psychotic disorders. The threshold to be placed in a forensic psychiatric facility is MUCH higher than you stated above.
It's pretty common to have people serving years in county correctional facilities. I think the rule is generally that if you have 2.5 years or less per charge, you can serve them in county rather than state. I'm glad things went well for your friend, though I am curious how things might have been different for him had… Read more
My experience thus far has been that rankings and reputation matter much less than experience once clinicians actually hit the field, but that they do matter for students doing their field work. Did you ever work with students or alums from other area schools, e.g. Wheelock or Salem State?
Definitely ask current BU students about field placements. I posted this in a reply to Snacktastic, but I should say it to you directly: In my experience, BU MSW candidates get less lucrative placements than students from other Boston-area schools. BC is better-ranked, and Simmons is very clinically focused, and their… Read more
I want to second what Irish Sodabread Snacktstic said. I do not work with clients in an outpatient setting, so almost all of my termination is due to discharge; I cannot legally follow them once they are back in the community. In the discharge planning phase, we often set them up with a followup outpatient intake, but… Read more
You can say whatever you want. You do not need to explain yourself if you don't want to, but you are free to explain if you do.
I look at my medication as training wheels. I still have to do all the work to propel the bicycle forward, but the training wheels will catch me if I fall while I am learning to ride my bike (i.e. organize my life and function more or less like a neurotypical adult). The training wheels will not ride the bike for me,… Read more
DSM fun fact: ADD does not exist. It was folded into the ADHD diagnosis, which is divided into two domains, inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. The inattentive specifier is what people think of as ADD, and the hyperactive/impulsive specifier is what people used to think of as ADHD. The domains are not mutually… Read more
I identify pretty strongly with that last paragraph you quoted. I was SO NERVOUS about addiction to stims when I finally started medicating my ADHD in grad school. After taking them for a while, though, I never "got" what would be addictive about them. They are helpful, but I don't do much for me in terms of the kind… Read more