It’s New Year’s Eve. Don’t worry, this won’t be a post about resolutions. I don’t do those.
I have some time to kill while my illicit cinnamon rolls bake. No, I’m not supposed to eat them. But it’s a holiday, so screw it. I’ll eat what I want. No comments from the Peanut Gallery, thankyouverymuch.
Football is on, Randy and the pets are relaxing around me, and I’m relatively at peace. I would be happier if my laptop wasn’t so old and slow, but I can’t afford a new one yet so I’ll have to put up with it.
Oh good. Scout found more paper to shred. What would my living room be without a little confetti? After all, it is New Year’s Eve day.
So, what to write about today?
I’m glad I have tomorrow off, although it makes my schedule tight for the rest of the week at work. I love my job, I really do. But working with so many depressed and anxious people, many of whom are facing their traumas head on for the first time, is exhausting. Like all of us, they want change to magically happen. Just go to rehab, twiddle your thumbs and leave 21-30 days later… cured.
The problem is that’s a unicorn. It doesn’t exist. If you want to change, you’re going to have to work at it.
Some people embrace the work. It’s a distraction at first, and then as the benefits of doing the work are felt, that becomes motivating. But some people don’t really want to be there, or think that if they can change externals to their satisfaction it will resolve all of their internal pain and dissatisfaction, and all will be well. These are the times when I have to get tough and unleash Mean Connie, who isn’t really mean at all but just challenging clients to really look at themselves.
I have a number of these more challenging clients right now, so the two new clients assigned to me this past week were very welcome. Two men who want to get better and have a positive attitude about what they’re doing. They’re such a relief! I’m looking forward to working with them during their time with us. A little balance in my caseload is a welcome change.
We’re about to roll out new programming this week, with groups all afternoon, eliminating much of their free time before dinner. Some clients will like this, others will complain. It’s going to be a challenge helping them adjust. I also have to adjust as I will now have to run a Women’s Relapse Prevention Group every day. It will be the same women every day, so I can’t even do the same activity all week with different people.
No. I have to come up with something new every day.
But it’s an opportunity to work more intensely with some clients, not all of whom are mine, and help them in a more structured way than the current once-a-week RPG I run now. Suggestions for activities are welcome.
Okay, I see cinnamon rolls coming my way so it’s time to sign off and indulge.