On August 31st I will have been with CALM for four years.
Mental Health Clinician. I was on the Spirit team which is a type of treatment known as wraparound. In this position I worked closely with the SB Children’s ADMHS clinic. I have currently transitioned to being on the WIT team full-time starting May 2015, working Medi-Cal, CWS, and HOPE cases and I love it.
I worked with a young adult for the allotted 24 months that a client can be in the Spirit program. When I first started with this client he was living at home, admitted to be a poly-substance user/abuser, and had a poor relationship with all the adults in his life. This client during the course of treatment was arrested due to violence, became homeless, and increased use of substances, yet was able to follow the agreement to come to treatment clear from the influences of substances. Once rapport was built, I was able to assist the client by providing links to community resources in order to help him to become clean and sober, taught him independent living skills such as job interviewing and learning to cook, and assisted him with gaining a positive outlook for his life. This client was able to obtain employment and then was able to move out of his home into a room. He started to pay rent and became more responsible. He also returned to college and started the process to obtain an Associate’s Degree. I recently saw this client in the community. Even though he had broken his leg (skateboarding accident), he credits the time in treatment as leading to a heart and outlook filled with hope. I shared with him that it was his hard work and trust (since he was one of my first clients here) that led to his success. His mother also is thankful that their relationship is improved and the client has been able to set healthy boundaries with his family in order to live the type of life that was just a dream only a few years prior.
Teach them to live each day better than the previous one.
Our work is not just about child abuse.