Thanks! Makes me feel good to know my amateurish venture into the world of is appreciated.
I too worked in the mental health field (NJ). I graduated Fordham University (NYC), Graduate School of Social Work as an MSW. For over 40 years I worked in community based mental health agencies with people having serious and persistent mental illness. For the last 20 yrs. I worked in an agency as the Performance Improvement Administrator. As such I was responsible for various areas concerning: Policy Development and Compliance; Staff Training and Development; Risk Management; Regulatory Reviews and Inspections; Client Advocacy and Complaints; HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); Etc.
I enjoyed doing research most of all. Was like an enjoyable “scavenger hunt” for me. Find this to lead me to that which opened new lines of inquiry which excited me to look for more (and more . . . and more). A perfect storm of ADHD, exciting finds, brain stimulus . . . only to go through one cycle after another. I’m sure to no one’s surprise here . . . I missed deadlines for some of my less exciting tasks!
Since I was not closely monitored I controlled my workday. Both good and bad. But being able to hyper-focus or choose one thing at a time to focus on, enabled me to stay employed. In fact I turned down an offer to become the Assistant Director of this agency. In that position I would have had oversight responsibility for many different client services and programs. I knew that given my problem with short term / working memory, poor organizational skills, low frustration tolerance, and not the best impulse control (i.e. ADHD) that I would be unable to successfully manage that job. After thinking about it “over the week-end” I informed my boss that I declined his offer and I told him the reasons. He understood and in fact told me that he thought that it was the right decision. By then he saw enough of me in action to understand some of my ADHD issues.
So, what about you?