I graduated December 2017 and my specialty of choice is Psychiatry. However, the only Psych position that I found in my area was Locum Tenens for 6 months, outpatient. I can't move at this moment. Any advice? Should I start with this or wait for the right position? Loan repayment starts in May so I'm a little worried.
Does anyone use any of these? I find it useful with my patients to have for 2 reasons:
1- It gives you a number for future reference, to use as a base line for tracking patient progress.
2- Something objective in the patient's own hand to scan into the record for future reference.
If anyone is interested I have about 15 different ones I use. I also made short MACROS for pasting into the PE section when having the patient fill one out. Bonus: while the patient is filling out the assessment, I update the EMR, check the PMP and look at the intake documents.
Tomorrow I am posting a dilemma that I have been struggling with.... Stay tuned and please comment..
Hi fellow PA's. I practiced as a PA about a decade ago. I had children and began investing other interests such as mental health, spirituality and counseling.
I am now ready to go back to work and I've been thinking about my real love. It's sitting down with patients and really helping them with their lives, their emotional lives, their relationship with themselves and others. Helping them get honest with themselves about their troubles and sincerely find a solution. I guess it's bit like coaching and counseling without prescribing meds. I use a method called Non -Violent communication that really helps patients heal emotional discords.
I was initially going to start all over and get a degree in counseling or social work. But I have many years of counseling training and am very successful at it in private practice. So going back to school would really just be to satisfy employers. I sincerely feel that I have the skills and much training to be a therapist/counselor.
My question is does anyone know of PA's who focus on the mental counseling aspect of health without prescribing meds? I do not want to get into prescribing meds. I have seen countless patients heal through mental healing without the use of drugs. Am I way off track with this job description, is a PA and prescribing always go together? or Can you point me in the direction of others already doing what I would like to do? I want to decide whether to get re-certified as a PA or go back go in an entirely new direction and get a whole new degree as a mental health counselor. Where can I get answers on this?