Last week at school was really cool. The Monday and wednesday class was all about relapse prevention. This was great as it's a subject that has had some personal trials and I took this class so serious! Monday we went over all the material and then as we were about to leave, the teacher who I just love handed out case studies for us to prepare before the next class. For those of you who don't know what that is, they give us a paper describing a fictitious client and their trials and tribulations, my job was to develop a relapse prevention plan for this client. I then had to get up in front of the class, a group of aspiring therapists and share my plan for the client with them.
The other class last week was titled "crisis intervention". Now I thought by the name we would be learning how to do what the people on intervention do, but noooooooooooo. It was a class about how to intervene high risk or violent clients. The teacher for this class, nice enough lady, was not the right person to teach us. She kept emphasizing that if a patient in her facility looks like they could become violent in the near future that she just gets away from the situation. I know in my experience with the kiddies that that idea is absolutely wrong. I have found it to be very easy to de-escalate someone teetering on the edge so long as they are not high on pcp. If they are on pcp I always wish upon a star for a restraint chair, so far to no avail though. I have quite honestly not really enjoyed any of her classes, but when she had me get in front of the class and teach some self defense techniques if someone does go violent I must say that was fun!
Those classes are done and now I am enjoying a week off from classes. I will be joining the parental units for dinner and their poker game tonight which should be fun. I have one more class this seamster next week and then during the break between semesters it off we go on the Carnival Glory!
This is actually not the glory, it's the valor. But it the same class ship as the valor and from what I'm told a fabulous ship! As I type this the cruise is a mere 12 days and 9 hours away. I can tell you that there will be a much more regular set of postings here on the blog while I am out of the country.
Well I need to get some rest before the poker game tonight. Here's hoping all your faces have smiles!
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