How To Choose Mental Health Providers

How to choose mental health providers

 I often meet people who do not understand all the different terminologies of mental health providers and what they offer.  This is a good cheat sheet. Many states have different accreditations, licenses, etc.

The following titles are mental health providers in many different ways and may have individual specialties. They all have slightly different training, experience, backgrounds, and even education.  The state of illinois, and many states, have stringent requirements to become a therapist.

  1. We must complete a Master’s degree in the field of Counseling, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy.  These programs provide extensive training and experiential training, doing practice. A mental health provider can have one of these degrees but work within an agency, hospital, or school and not provide therapy in the private sector. 

2. Then one graduates with at least 48 hours, registers to take the test for initial licensing in Illinois – meaning you may practice under supervision of an experienced, fully licensed individual, or work in an agency.  

3. After 2 years of full time practice and supervision to get fully licensed as a therapist. This requires taking a state administered clinical licensing test. When we pass, we can work on our own, able to bill insurance companies or medicaid for your services.

4.  So for Illinois, a social worker who just graduates and takes the first licensing test for Illinois is an LSW or a counselor is a LPC.  So now we must work 2 years being taught by experience and supervision how to do therapy. We then take a 2nd difficult test in Illinois and if we pass and our supervision is signed off by a supervisor, we will become a LCSW or an LCPC.

Then We Become Licensed Clinical Counselors  and Social Workers

5.  Our title now changes from  Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor to Licensed CLINICAL Social Worker and Licensed CLINICAL Professional Counselor.  We have now graduated to being independent, and being seen as able to bill insurance companies. Also, we do not need someone supervising us. We have learned, and experienced many situations by this time. This can all be very expensive.  

How To Choose Mental Health Providers

6.  Marriage and Family Therapists must go through the same process and become LMFT’s.  Again, some individuals may have further education and may have doctorates, but these are usually PH.D’s, or Ed.D’s, not MD’s.

7.  After achieving clinical status, all of the above individuals must achieve/attend various amounts of continuous learning through continuing education.   

8. I must do so every 2 years, turn in proof of my continuing education, and pay a fee to the state of Illinois to renew my license.  

9. If there have been charges against an individual providing therapy, this may go against their license and they may not achieve a renewed license.  You can usually check on individuals by checking the professional regulation department of the state. There are those individuals who do unethical behavior, take advantage of individuals, etc.

10.  If you  do not trust your therapist, you will not be able to go far, and in going to therapy, you do not have to put all the power in their lap.  But decide if you do not like the therapist because you are being challenged in a therapeutic way, or an unhealthy way. It is easy to not like good therapy, because it is hard. Do an interview ahead, write down your questions, feel comfortable with your therapist.  

11. Choosing who to work with is often a comfort level decision, sometimes a referral from someone else, sometimes someone on your insurance provider list.  You should be able to interview someone before you start working with them. If you don’t feel comfortable that you will be able to trust them, perhaps you should change therapists.  The titles don’t always matter. Looking at someone’s specialty, experience, answers to your questions helps.

What Does A Psychiatrist Do?

 A psychiatrist (in most cases) offers medication prescriptions, diagnoses.  They will continue working with a person after

Psychiatrists are seldom therapy mental health providers
Psychiatrists Have Medical Degrees and Usually But Not Always Do Not Do Therapy

Psychiatrist Is Usually About Medication Prescription

an original intake appoint where they asses the need, the diagnosis, and then they continue meeting with the person to assess success of medication, perhaps make changes, and as time goes by, will often make new discoveries about behaviors or changes needing to be made.  Usually the intake appointment is the longest and after that, many appointments are about medication management. A psychiatrist is a doctor. They are an MD and can prescribe medication.

Psychologists as Mental Health Providers

A Psychologist is has a number of variations.  It is best you make a phone call and find out their specialty.  There are:      *school psychologists who are involved in academic testing to determine a student’s need for academic services.  Their training is usually very specific for a school setting and not about therapy. They usually have a master’s degree, although this may vary by state.  

*Some psychologists in the private setting who may do psychological testing for families, individuals, children as requested and then share those results with courts, etc.  For some, that is all they do.

*But there are other psychologists who may do testing, but also do therapy. *Some psychologists are interested in research.

Again, don’t assume – call them if interested.  Some of they may have master’s degrees and some may have doctorates. This usually doesn’t determine their ability to do therapy. That is an academic doctorate so they cannot provide medication subscription. A psychiatrist is the ONLY one with an M.D.  

Again, a psychiatrist USUALLY does not do ongoing therapy, charges more per hour because they are an MD, and are there to provide medication prescriptions.  But some may still do therapy. And psychologists often provide testing, but many also provide therapy.

Individuals trained for the school setting in psychology, social work, and counseling, often do NOT have the mental health licensing and training to provide therapy.  But some, like myself, are trained in both.  

Even as I write this, I realize it is confusing.  I will add a diagram to Pinterest in the future.  

Raise Your Standard Of Living With Home Improvement

Ways To Raise Your Standard Of Living

Raising Our Standard Of Living

You spend a lot of time in your home every day. How can simple improvements to your home raise your standard of living. As a result, how your house looks affects your daily life and emotional well being. Having a comfy and safe home gives you a real haven in which to rest, prior to dealing with the world in general. The suggestions in this article will show you how you can convert your house into a retreat. Along with changing the home and outside yourself, you can also work on yourself for improvement.  And your house will be cleaner. Setting a regular routine and an organizing schedule for your home will help you feel better.

How To Raise Your Standard of Living

Can Plants Raise Our Standard Of Living

When considering home improvements, keep your own comfort in mind. Some small problems in your home are normal; big ones are not. Even a few small alterations can make a big difference to your happiness. Buy a better sofa or get a nicer kitchen set. Make your home bigger. Even if you’re not a hoarder, you can fill up the space in your home, despite your best attempts to organize. Short of moving to a bigger house, you can take steps to increase your usable space and make yourself more comfortable. Just by adding a little bit of room, your home can stay free of extra clutter. Add some fun, inviting additions. Entertainment areas within your property will make it fun and increase the value.

If you frequently feel tired when you are inside your home, look carefully at your sources of lighting. If your lighting is inadequate, it can strain your eyes and cause tiredness. If you replace old lights or add new lights to unlit areas, it can revitalize how the interior of your home feels, increase the usability of space, and improve the way you feel.

Embrace your creativity, and put your gardening skills to work. Select an area of your backyard to create a beautiful outdoor space with plants, flowers or other greenery. This will make you enjoy being at home. There are professionals that will tend to your garden, so you will not have to find the time but you can still enjoy the benefits. Gardens naturally create better quality air, both indoors and out. You can enjoy this benefit with just a little effort by creating outdoor spaces with beautiful flowers, fresh herbs and mouth-watering fruits and vegetables.

What Are Some Simple Things You Can Do The Outside To Raise Your Standard of Living

Consider changing the outside appearance of your home. A new roof, windows or coat of paint will all improve your home’s curb appeal. Changing the outside of your home will give you something nice to look at,and also take pride in. Considering how much time you spend at home, it should really be a place you enjoy being. Continuously improving your home can help you feel comfortable with how it looks.

I’ve added some items to my life, including a kayak – keep moving, be outside, away from technology, and stay young longer.  I wear a hat when I kayak 🙂 Another great way to improve your life. Feel good on the inside and outside.  Change your world.

Creative Writing Ideas In 5 Easy Steps

Creative Writing Ideas

Creative Writing Ideas in 5 Easy Steps

  Creative writing ideas for an article doesn’t just mean putting down thoughts into words then typing and writing it. You have to capture the interest of your readers and get them to keep on reading. To send your message across you have to get the attention of the reader and have a firm grasp of their interest and pique their curiosity. The main ingredient in coming up with an article is a large dose of creativity. While creativity may come natural to many people, some just gets into a block or something to that effect that can drive someone crazy. Many writers have literally torn their hair out when they get writers block and just can’t seem to get their creative juices flowing. This is WHY 5 Easy Steps to Creative Writing Ideas! Putting words into images in the readers mind is an art. A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide. Similes and metaphors help a lot, but the way an article gets entwined word for word, sentence by sentence then paragraph by paragraph into a whole article develops the essence of the article. So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind for creative writing ideas? There is no surefire ways to get the perfect ideas but there are easy ways to get your creative juices flowing. No one can guarantee you of having the perfect mindset but many methods may aid you in achieving that state of mind. Here are five easy ways for that.

Creative Writing Ideas Steps

1) Keep a diary or a journal with you always. Ideas can be triggered by anything you may hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar in finding great ideas. Write all of them into a journal and keep it with you for future reference. You may also write down anything that you have read or heard, someone’s ideas could be used to develop your own ideas and this is not stealing. Remember that ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it’s the development of the idea that makes it unique. 2) Relax and take time to sort things out. A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new ideas. Everyone must have a clear mind if one wishes to have their creativity in full speed. Get rid of all obstacles that can be a hindrance to your creativity. If you are bothered by something, you cannot force your mind to stay focused. 2)Try to relax every time that you can and think about your experiences and interactions with others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which could be reflected on your writings. Try to discover yourself, find out what triggers your emotions. Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off. You can use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas, with this you can grow creatively. 3) Create a working place that can inspire your creativeness. Your working place can be quite a hindrance if it doesn’t make you feel happy or relaxed. Creativity comes from being in a good state of mind and a messed up workplace that causes distraction won’t be conducive in firing up your creative flow. Surround your working place with objects that makes you happy and relaxed. You may put up pictures, or scents, objects that inspire, or anything that can get your creativeness cranking. Anything that will help YOU come up with creative writing ideas. A clean and well organized workplace also rids of distractions and unwanted hindrances. With a good working place, you can work in peace and never notice the time pass by. 4) Set the mood. Setting the mood requires you to just go with the moment or to induce your self to feeling what makes your mind works best. Finding out what makes you tick could help you find ways to get your creative juices flowing. Set the pace and tempo for your mood and everything else will follow. There are many ways to set the mood. Some writers have been known to use alcohol, a little sip of wine to stir up the imagination. Some would like some mood music while others let the lighting of the environment create the mood. 5) Go on a getaway and just do something crazy. Letting yourself go and having fun produces adrenaline that can make your imagination go wild. Take an adventure or a solemn hike. Whatever it is that is unusual from your daily routine can take the rut out of your schedule. In no time at all, your creativity will make use of that experience and get your imagination to go on overdrive. Chris Appell ucanmake6figures@gmail.com and check out http://umakemoneydaily.com 815-398-8422

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Time Management Tips

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Time Management Tips

A lot of people are busier than ever these days. That’s why it’s important for you to manage your time effectively. How can you do that? If you read this article, you’ll find that it’s much easier than you think. Keep reading to find some tips about how you can be a pro at time management. Buy a small notebook or calendar that you can use to track any plans or thoughts in. If you jot down all of the tasks that you complete in a day, you will gain a better knowledge of where your time has been spent. This could help you create a plan for each day and manage your time successfully. An important time management tip is you need to pay more attention to deadlines if you find that you are always late. This can cause your tasks to suffer if you do not. However, if you stay on track with deadlines and appropriate time, you won’t be neglecting one job so that you can rush to finish another. When you find yourself constantly late and missing deadlines, consider getting a bigger clock and putting it in a place where it stares you down all the time. Studies show that when people can see a clock during the day, they mentally gravitate toward more time-saving efforts! Try this at home and the office to better manage your time.

Time Management Tips

Take about five minutes before your tasks and calls for deciding what results you wish to achieve. This can help you see success before you begin. It can also slow down some time. Try taking about five minutes after every activity and call to figure out if you achieved the desired outcome. If you didn’t, what did you miss? How can you add the missing element to the next task? A big reason that people do not have effective time management is that they are not organized. Take some time and organize the files on your computer and in your office. So much time is wasted searching for things that are not in the right place. Every file and folder should have a place and be put in the right place and this will increase time management. Get rid of distractions. Things that distract you can cause you to pay attention to them instead of what you should be working on. If the television is on and you are watching it instead of doing what you need to do, turn it off and work on your task. Make a list of what you want to do every day. Finish what’s on top first and then move down the list. If you are not able to personally remember each task on your list in your head, copy it and take it with you. Come to grips that no one is 100% efficient. There are no robots among human beings. You won’t be perfect in your goal of efficient time management. All you can do is try, and work hard to do your best. Don’t get frustrated if some days are better than others. That’s the nature of it. People are expected to be on time. When you are not on time, not only are you disrupting your own time management, you are disrupting others as well. Try to build extra time into your daily plan. This will help you meet deadlines and make every scheduled appointment during the day. Now that you’ve had the chance to read this article, you are in a good position to manage your time properly. Time management is a skill that will help you all your life, so getting used to it now is a good idea. Use the tips above to make you an expert.  

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Social Media Marketing Strategy

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social media marketing strategy

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social Media Marketing Strategy is very important. Whether you have an online or offline business, building a relationship with customers is important. Luckily, social media sites exist and provide a way for you to lure visitors to your website while helping you to interact with people who are already buying what you have to offer. Here are some great ways to do your social media marketing strategy for your benefit. 1. Add a Facebook button to your blog posts. This lets people that visit your blog share it with those on their list of friends. This will increase the number of readers who visit your blog, which means more visitors who will be interested in what you have to offer. 2. Use a like box for Facebook on the upper right hand corner of your blog page. This will make it easy for people to “like” your content on Facebook. Having this directly on your blog lets your visitors “like” you without having to leave your page. This makes it simple for people and helps expose your presence more. 3. Make consistent appearances on your social media site. Make sure that you write regularly, this will cause people to want to visit your page often so they can keep up to date with your posts. Make sure what you write about is relevant and factual. No ones wants to read random information, it should pertain to your business. An excellent training program with everything you need is here – check it out to learn MORE about social media marketing strategy. 4. Sign up for Twitter. Get as many followers as you can by signing up for blogging sites like Tweepi.com. Using a site like this makes it easier for people to find you on Twitter. Tweet regularly about other bloggers. You should also automate your tweets so they aren’t forgotten about by your followers. Your social media marketing strategy is important.

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Building up your social media marketing requires time and patience. It is unlikely that you can recruit 15,000 fans in 24 hours. It can happen, but your social media posts are unlikely to become global sensations within minutes. With this in mind, take the long view and build your follower network over time. Another program also including excellent social media marketing strategy is here. Consistently keep an attitude of humility in all your social media content. No matter how large or small your company may be, readers will be turned off by arrogance or boastfulness, and they will be vocal. You must keep your customers happy! Success is determined largely by your clients and they are the foundation that you need to value. 5. Use the Facebook poll feature. This tool allows you to create a poll with as many different answers as you want for your friends to complete. This could be a great opportunity to get some feedback on your products and encourage your friends to interact with you and with each other. Develop your social media marketing strategy 6. Have a reveal tab on your Facebook page: only your friends or followers will be able to see it. Encourage people to ‘like’ your page so they can have access to this unique content. You could for instance reveal a unique coupon code to the Facebook users who have ‘liked’ your page. 7. Set up a Twitter account to automatically send out each of your blog updates. You can even post links to updates from a few affiliates’ high-quality blogs. The exposure will be appreciated, and your followers can enjoy all of the great content that you give them.

social media marketing strategy
social media marketing strategy
8. You should create a Youtube channel to post reviews of your products and other videos relevant to your industry. You can set up your account so that your videos are posted right away on certain social networks. This social media marketing strategy will save you time and prevent you from forgetting to update a site. Use these great tips to build relationships with both prospective and current buyers. As you use social media sites to do this, you will be encouraged by how easily it is to connect with your target market. Keep building those relationships with your customers, and your business can’t help but to grow. Chris Appell Like Us On Facebook ucanmake6figures@gmail.com http://ucanmake6figures.com http://makemoneyoptions4u.com http://Simplyabundant2.com http://umakemoneydaily.com   815-398-8422  

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Leadership Tips To Become A Great Leader!

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Leadership Tips
Take a minute and reflect on this question – how would you describe someone who is a strong leader? You would likely say they are powerful, dynamic, a great communicator and someone with excellent oratory skills. While these are all excellent leadership skills, they take time to develop. If you are looking to develop skills such as these, continue reading to learn more about all it takes to become the leader you want to be. What leadership tips do you resonate with? In order to be an effective leader you need to have integrity. Consider your decision before you make it. If a decision will upset you, don’t do it. Do whatever you think is right. Business is changing constantly so be open to new ideas. Even though something has always worked well in the past, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to get the job done. Be open to innovative ideas. You can try new methods on a small scale before implementing them company wide. Leadership tips can be developed as we are leaders – my own experience was growing while I was a leader. I was open to change.< h2>Leadership Tips To Become A Great Leader!

< a href="http://digitalbloggers.com/jordancburke/work-from-home-business-success-rules/" target="_blank">Check out my blogpost on 9 success tips for working at home, because leadership still applies. Go Here More leadership tips include when trying to be a good leader, it’s important to be truthful about the situation. If something isn’t working out as planned, let your team know. If you need to change something, tell them. Your team needs to know what is going on, whether it be good news or bad.< strong>Learn to delegate nonessential tasks to your employees. Delegation allows you to focus on the essential things that must be done to make your company successful. Additionally, delegating tasks to your employees gives them a sense of pride and ownership in the company. Although it is tempting to try to do everything yourself, delegation is beneficial to your company.< strong>One way to become a good leader is to avoid becoming a monarch. You should have a good and talented workforce under you if you are a good leader. Just make sure to avoid creating a “throne” by setting up restrictive guidelines that are unreasonable. You need to guide your employees, but not with a bunch of parameters that are unnecessary. Influence your workers without trying to “rule” them. My personal leadership tips include treating these people with utmost respect.< strong>Befriend a trustworthy person in the same business field. This person will be invaluable when you have an idea and you want to make sure it is actually viable. You will, of course, have to be available to your “business buddy,” as well, as this sort of relationship is a two-way street.< strong>Promote synergy whenever possible. Get a grip on what personal goals you have. Also know clearly what your business goals are. They should align well and may even overlap to some degree. It is great to have the chance to work on them simultaneously. If you are not working towards your goals, you will lack enthusiasm.< strong>One of the most effective and challenging skills you can develop as a leader in business is that of listening to your subordinates. Subordinates have the ability to run with your broader ideas and take them in entirely new directions. When you have your say, always leave time to listen to your workers. Leadership tips include learning along the way.< strong>Dress the part. There’s a perception to leadership. If you look the role, people will respond to your leadership much more positively and openly. If you dress poorly, it’ll be a tougher road to climb instilling leadership. It’s possible still, but make it easier on yourself and be the best dressed person in the office.< strong>A great leader is developed through hard work and skills. This article has provided you with much of the information you need as far as the skills go, and now it is your turn to take the reigns and put in the hard work to develop those skills. With effort, you can become the leader you want to be and lead the team you want to have. Leadership tips include “if you look successful, you’ll feel successful.”& nbsp; Chris Appell ucanmake6figures@gmail.com< a rel="nofollow" href="http://ucanmake6figures.com">http://ucanmake6figures.com< span style="text-decoration: underline;">http://makemoneyoptions4u.com< span style="text-decoration: underline;">http://Simplyabundant2.com< a rel="nofollow" href="http://umakemoneydaily.com">http://umakemoneydaily.com& nbsp;& nbsp;< h3>Leadership Tips To Become A Great Leader!

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Self-Improvement To Abundance?


What does self-improvement have to do with abundance, affiliate marketing, the internet, seo, making money online?
What does self-improvement mean? Why worry about that?
Because if we don’t, old habits, old ways of thinking, other people get in the way.  How can we open ourselves up for abundance and joy in life if we do not prepare ourselves? Most of us are carrying around a lot of baggage that gets in the way when we try to change our life into a positive unless we understand what the baggage is about, why we still have it, and we get RID of it.  I actually used a visualization of me pushing all that old stuff, all that old baggage, off a cliff. I think it helped.
I work as a therapist and see many people who continue doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting different results. 
For example, someone who complains about their friend all the time, but the “someone” never does anything to change it, they only complain. Well, nothing will change at that rate, will it. So, how badly does she want to change? 
But using this analogy, we can say we want our life to be better, we can say we want to do all these fun, exciting things, but unless we are really willing to take some risks, change our behaviors, and break old habits, things will not change.
GROW To ABUNDANCE
What does abundance, affiliate marketing, the internet, seo, making money online, all have to do with this information?  Well, it has been my path.  I have sought more money. I had some things fall apart in my life.  I  have a lot of determination.  I did the belief in abundance and have pursued trainings online over time to find the best option for me.  Now, I’m one of those people who has to keep my day job while I do another job – many of us do.  But I also have waded through a lot of junk out there to find the gold – what helps the most, what works, what is clear – not “I still don’t know how!”  I hate that, don’t you? I still struggle with technical issues, but I do outsource. 
Because of my journey and my skills and intellect, I have decided to put up a website that will help others find some of these solutions much easier.  I also believe things keep changing so quickly on the internet.  Are you just interested in making some honest, fun money doing what you love?  Need to pay off those bills?  Wouldn’t $300-$500./month be great.  We don’t have to be in the millionaires category.  I’m not sure I aspire to that, because it would consume my life and I don’t want that.  I like to have fun. 
Conceive and Achieve

So, I am writing here at the end of 2012 – as you may have heard, the world did not end, did it?  I didn’t think it would, but I do know things are changing -the earth’s energy is changing, global warming, astronomy, magnetic forces, etc.  And for some of those reasons, life is hard for some people.  Just look at hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast.  Look at the “stupid” fiscal cliff.  Which is totally unnecessary.  I have a daughter who lost her job because of her company’s bankruptcy and because of the fiscal cliff threat, she does not know if she will receive her unemployment next year – or if she can pay her rent.  Yes, stupid.  It is about the House of Representatives wanting to win – not about doing their job and taking care of their constituents.

But aside from them, I look forward to continuing success this next year.  I just found the best individual who is a coach and a genuine person.  I seemed to have recently bought stupid stuff that there is no one on the other end to help me in any way.  I hadn’t done that in a long time, but I got caught during the holidays.  No more.
So, make your goals for the new year,  decide what is important to you and how you are going to get there.
Best to you in 2013.

Healthy Lifestyles

Hi – I have a good friend who has been participating in one of these health programs that involve vitamins, shakes, and everything else.  She is a nurse and does swear by it because of how it is truly making her feel better and younger and stabilized.  My problem is that her program is very expensive so one needs to be fairly wealthy to handle it.  Not an option for me, even though I believe her and need some of that.  I also don’t trust myself to be able to drink everything.  Yikes.  I’m a wuss about drinking stuff!
So my nephew shows up at Thanksgiving – a young, well-built ex-football player and he has discovered Juice Plus.  Well, I am looking for something to help me stabilize my body – I think after time in this world, we get out of balance and that makes weight loss harder also.  I listened to him and he and his mom have been using juice plus and love how it makes them feel.  Sounds beneficial and it is MUCH cheaper.  It is not vitamins, it is a whole food product  All the vegetables and fruits that we should be eating daily and they are
in capsule form. I also believe it is possible for me to do this.

You can get all this easily.

I believe that the better life includes health, not just abundance.  Also positive relationships.  When we feel good, we are better at relationships, also.  Positive.